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NROTC Scholarship Related Questions

  1. How do I apply for a Naval ROTC (NROTC) Scholarship?
  2. How do I apply for a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship?
  3. What does the NROTC Scholarship cover?
  4. Who pays for Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets uniforms?
  5. If I don't have a Navy or Marine Scholarship as an incoming freshman, can I still participate in the Naval ROTC program? Is there any chance of getting a scholarship?
  6. How do I enhance my chance of receiving a NROTC scholarship to Virginia Tech?
  7. If I received a scholarship to a different school, how do I get it transferred to Virginia Tech?

VTCC Related Questions

  1. What is the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and do I have to join?
  2. I have a Corps of Cadets scholarship. Does this mean I'm on scholarship in the Navy/Marine Corps?
  3. What can I expect as a normal day in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets during my freshman year?

NROTC Program Related Questions

  1. What will be my involvement with the NROTC program during the semester, including classes and exercise?
  2. What is my obligation to the NROTC program in the summer?
  3. Can I complete a degree in Engineering in four years (eight semesters) with all the Naval ROTC classes I must take?
  4. Are there certain majors that will better suit me for a career as a Naval Officer?
  5. What are the available service assignments (jobs) after completing the NROTC program?
  6. When will I find out which warfare community I will serve upon graduation?
  7. What if I decide to leave or become disenrolled from the NROTC program?
  8. How do I sign up for the NROTC program?

 

NROTC Scholarship Related Questions

1. How do I apply for a Naval ROTC (NROTC) Scholarship?

You can apply for a NROTC scholarship online at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil. These scholarships are for High School students and the deadline for applications is 31 January of your senior year in high school. Non-Scholarship students who participate in the NROTC program are automatically considered for three- and two-year scholarships. You can also ask your High School's guidance counselor for more information prior to attending Virginia Tech.

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2. How do I apply for a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship?

You can apply for a Marine-Option NROTC scholarship online at https://www.marines.usmc.mil/pa_new/mcrc_pa_stage_00.html. If you want to be in the Marine Corps, you need to see the Marine Corps Recruiting Station HQ in your home state. You need to be talking to a Marine Captain or 1stLt for Marine-Option NROTC. There are separate boards for Navy and Marine Corps Scholarships. You can not sign up for both.

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3. What does the NROTC Scholarship cover?

The NROTC Scholarship covers the cost of tuition (not room and board) and books (up to $375 per semester). In addition, scholarship Midshipmen will receive a stipend for living expenses. Freshmen receive a $250 tax-free stipend each month, while sophomores get $300, juniors $350 and seniors get $400. Specific information on all scholarship benefits can be found on the Tuition Information Page.

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4. Who pays for Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets uniforms?

The NROTC Unit will issue required summer cruise uniforms to all Scholarship Midshipmen. The VTCC will assess a uniform fee to all VTCC Cadets every year. The NROTC Program will provide commutation in lieu of uniforms to Midshipmen who remain in good standing with the NROTC Program. This commutation benefit will cover a portion of the VTCC uniform fee.

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5. If I don't have a Navy or Marine Scholarship as an incoming freshman, can I still participate in the Naval ROTC program? Is there any chance of getting a scholarship?

Any student can participate in the NROTC program at Virginia Tech provided they are a member of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) and they meet the minimum requirements outlined here: http://www.usnavy.vt.edu/scholarships/cp.htm. Non-scholarship (College Program) students may have the opportunity to earn a scholarship through a highly competitive selection process, which focuses on academic grades, physical readiness, military aptitude, and class rank. Marine applicants may have the opportunity to earn scholarships based on grades, participation in the on-campus Marine-Option program, and their physical fitness test (PFT) scores.

The odds of earning a scholarship after you start NROTC change year to year and depend on many factors, including needs of the Navy, funding, past attrition rates, and student performance.

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6. How do I enhance my chance of receiving a NROTC scholarship to Virginia Tech?

To increase your chance of receiving a scholarship prior to attending Virginia Tech, make Virginia Tech your first choice school on your NROTC Scholarship application and apply during the summer before your Senior year of High School.  NROTC Scholarships are approved for a specific university.  The scholarship selection committee favors involvement in sports, leadership roles, Eagle Scouts, JROTC participation, interests in math and science, and results from a NROTC Officer Interview.  You can include on your application events and milestones you expect to complete during your senior year of High School. To schedule an Officer Interview, contact your local Naval officer recruiter. 

To increase your chances of earning a scholarship as a College Program student, make a 4.0 GPA your first semester in an Engineering or Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) major.

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7. If I received a scholarship to a different school, how do I get it transferred to Virginia Tech?

If you receive a scholarship to a university and want it changed to different university, inform NSTC Placement (pnsc_nrotc.placement@navy.mil) in an email formatted similar to the examples below:

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

I wish to decline my offer for a scholarship to Virginia Tech NROTC because I have been accepted to USNA. Thank you for your time.

Very Respectfully,
Firstname Lastname
Phone Number

----OR----

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

I have been awarded a scholarship to Virginia Tech but have been declined admission by the school (--OR-- would like to have my scholarship transferred to another school because…). Please consider this a Wait List Request for the following 3 schools:

School
Tuition
Acceptance Status
Old Dominion Univ
In State
Accepted
Univ of Florida
Out of State
Accepted
Virginia Military Institute
In State
Applied - Awaiting Response

Very Respectfully,
Firstname Lastname
Phone Number

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VTCC Related Questions

1. What is the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and do I have to join?

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets (VTCC) is a University Military Leadership organization that qualifies Virginia Tech as a Senior Military College. If you wish to join any of the ROTC programs at Virginia Tech, you MUST be a member of the Corps of Cadets and remain in Good Standing with the VTCC to remain in any ROTC program (Officer Candidates, STA 21 and MECEP/ECP students do not have to join the Corps). The Corps of Cadets also offers a Leadership Minor. For more information on the Corps of Cadets and the Leadership Minor, you may visit the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets website that has information about the "Spend a night with the Corps" program, intended to provide prospective students with a look into what it's like to be a Cadet. This program is HIGHLY recommended!

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2. I have a Corps of Cadets scholarship, does this mean I'm on scholarship in the Navy/Marine Corps?

No, the Corps of Cadets offers a scholarship called the Emerging Leader Scholarship (ELS). Participation in ROTC is not required to receive an ELS; therefore, the NROTC and NROTC MO (Marine-Option) scholarships are completely separate scholarships.

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3. What can I expect as a normal day in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets during my freshman year?

The Corps of Cadets holds morning formation at 7:30 A.M. five days a week, after which you attend your academic classes until they are completed for the day. While a member of the Corps of Cadets, you will wear a uniform to every class and special events. Occasionally, the Corps will attend evening activities such as varsity basketball games, football games, Cadet Leader School speakers, and battalion or company meals. Cadets are required to attend every home football game, for which attendance is free. Every Tuesday, the NROTC program conducts a Professional Leadership Lab (ProLab) from 3:30 P.M. to 4:45 P.M. The Corps holds Corps Lab at the same time on Thursdays. Study hours are from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M. Sunday through Thursday.

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NROTC Program Related Questions

1. What will be my involvement with the NROTC program during the semester, including classes and exercise?

Navy Classes

All Navy-Option students involved in the NROTC program (scholarship and non-scholarship) are required to take one three-credit Naval Science class per semester. In addition, all NROTC Midshipmen must attend a weekly Professional Laboratory (ProLab) to gain professional training for future careers as Naval Officers. It is also required that all Scholarship Midshipmen take calculus and calculus-based physics. It is recommended for College Program Midshipmen who wish to become competitive for a three- or two-year scholarship to also take calculus and calculus-based physics. The NROTC program also requires you to take six credit hours of English, three credit hours of Regional Studies or World Cultures/Religions and three credit hours of Military History or National Security Policy. A list of applicable courses can be found in the NROTC Student Handbook.

***If you are entering Virginia Tech next Fall semester, ensure you register for MN 1004.

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Marine-Option Classes

All Marine-Option Midshipmen are required to take six three-credit Naval Science courses to complete the program. In addition, all Marine-Option Midshipmen must attend a weekly Professional Laboratory (ProLab) to gain professional training for future careers as Marine Corps Officers. Marine-Option Midshipmen are also required to take six credit hours of English and three credits hours of an American Military History or National Security Policy course. For more information, see Marine-Option Required Classes and Scheduling.

***If you are entering Virginia Tech next Fall semester, ensure you register for MN 1004.

Physical Training

Physical Training (PT) is primarily conducted on a personal basis. Navy group PT is conducted once per week within the individual companies. A midshipman’s physical fitness is assessed periodically during the academic year in accordance with the Navy’s physical fitness assessment. Midshipmen who do not achieve at least a GOOD on all graded categories of the physical fitness assessments will be required to attend remedial PT in addition to their company PT. Navy requirements can be found here:

http://www.usnavy.vt.edu/documents/PT_Scoring.pdf. The Marine Corps students conduct Physical Training three days per week during the semester.

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2. What is my obligation to the NROTC program in the summer?

Navy-Option and Marine-Option Midshipmen on scholarship attend Career Orientation and Training of Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) the summer following their freshman year. This is a chance to experience each community within the Navy. Midshipmen will spend one week with each branch of the Naval Service (Aviation, Submarines, Surface, and Marine Corps).

Navy-Option scholarship Midshipmen will go on 3-4 week summer cruises the following two summers on a surface ship, air wing, submarine, or with a SEAL team. Since the summer cruise prior to your senior year is a commissioning requirement for NROTC, scholarship and non-scholarship students will both attend senior summer cruise.

Scholarship Marine-Option Midshipmen attend a summer cruise following their freshman and sophomore years. The summer following their junior year is spent at Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia.

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3. Can I complete a degree in Engineering in four years (eight semesters) with all the Naval ROTC classes I must take?

It is possible to finish an Engineering degree while in the Naval ROTC program in four years; however, it would require an average course load of over 20 credits per semester. By taking courses in the summer, you can reduce that course load considerably for the normal academic year. A request may be submitted to receive summer school benefits. Midshipmen who are unable to complete the degree in four years can also request additional semesters of scholarship benefits to complete their degree. If the request is granted, the individual will be required to serve additional time on active duty.

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4. Are there certain majors that will better suit me for a career as a Naval Officer?

Completing your studies for any degree here at Virginia Tech will satisfy the requirements to earn a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. However, doing well in engineering and technical/hard sciences will make you more competitive for the Navy’s rigorous Service Selection process.

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5. What are the available service assignments (jobs) after completing the NROTC program?

NROTC produces unrestricted line officers, which are officers that could be in a position to give an order to launch a missile, shoot a torpedo, or pull a trigger. If you want to commission as an Intel Officer, JAG Officer, Supply Officer, etc. then NROTC is not an option for you.

There are a few (highly competitive) exceptions: Civil Engineering majors can apply for a commission in the Civil Engineering Corps. If you have an outstanding GPA and pass interviews at Naval Reactors in Washington D.C., you could be selected to become a Naval Reactors Officer.

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6. When will I find out which warfare community I will serve upon graduation?

Service assignments cannot be guaranteed to any student upon entering the Naval ROTC program. Service Assignment is a rigorous and competitive process that considers the "whole person" participation in the Naval ROTC program, leadership potential, academic performance, military aptitude, and physical fitness. Service Assignment takes place during the Fall Semester prior to graduation. In the Marine Corps, Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) are determined after commissioning at the Basic School.

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7. What if I decide to leave or become disenrolled from the NROTC program?

If you are on scholarship and leave the NROTC program after the start of your sophomore year, the Secretary of the Navy will determine whether you have to pay back your scholarship benefits received or serve on active duty. College Program (non-scholarship) students incur no obligation until the beginning of the junior year when they must obtain a scholarship or advanced standing to remain in the program.

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8. How do I sign up for the NROTC program?

Mark on the Virginia Tech application that you wish to be a student in the NROTC program AND a member of the Corps of Cadets. Attend our NROTC brief during Virginia Tech’s Summer Orientation.

Please Call (540)231-7883 or email usnavy@vt.edu if you have any more questions about VT NROTC or if you would like to schedule a meeting with the recruiting officer.

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