The Naval Science Reserve Officer Training Corps (Navy/Marine ROTC) program is a military training program for those who desire to serve in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps as a commissioned officer. Students may participate in Navy/Marine ROTC without any obligation to join the military; if students wish to receive certain ROTC scholarships or complete advanced coursework, however, they are required to agree to a period of military service. Navy/Marine ROTC courses will introduce you to naval science and critical thinking through training in seapower, maritime affairs, and leadership. Depending on the emphasis area chosen -Navy or Marine Corps- students take additional courses in naval ship systems and weapons or amphibious warfare. Regardless of your emphasis area or if you decide to enlist, the Navy/Marine ROTC program will give you leadership skills and experience that can be used in a variety of careers.
Academic and Career Opportunities
After graduating with your bachelor’s degree and completing the naval sciences ROTC program, you can go on to serve in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps as a commissioned officer in a number of fields. Navy officers may choose to specialize in surface warfare, explosives, or become pilots or aviators. Marine Corps officers can assume roles in ground or aviation combat, or become pilots. If you do not wish to serve in the military, the leadership and critical thinking skills gained from ROTC are a great complement to the undergraduate degree pursued in conjunction with the program: business, entrepreneurship, and medicine all require strong leaders and decision-makers.