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About Naval ROTC

What is it?

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) is designed to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. Unrestricted line officers serve in one of the Navy or Marine Corps warfare specialties: Surface Warfare, Naval Aviation, Submarines, Special Warfare, Combat Arms, Communications or Logistics. NROTC is the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps Officers, filling a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

Outstanding Academic Atmosphere:

Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech is an accredited land-grant university with a long tradition of excellence in education, with a strong commitment to undergraduate education. The university consists of eight colleges which offer over 70 undergraduate degree programs, as well as a number of specialties and interdisciplinary options. The College of Engineering is nationally known, and the Pamplin College of Business is fast becoming a leader among business schools. With excellent courses of study being offered by every college, you can choose a degree program that fits your needs and desires and expect only the best.

Leadership Opportunities:

Virginia Tech is home to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - a military organization within a larger civilian university, dedicated to developing tomorrow's leaders with the qualities that are basic to success in any career - integrity, loyalty, and a sense of honor. Virginia Tech is one of two universities in the nation that offer this unique opportunity. Members of the Corps of Cadets graduate with the leadership experience and skills necessary to succeed in the world of work, both in and out of the military. All three of the Armed Services ROTCs are integrated into the Corps of Cadets, creating a vibrant, cohesive military environment in which to learn. This setting gives you an opportunity to gain structured military leadership experience within a small supportive atmosphere, while taking advantage of the many benefits that a large university has to offer. Cadets attend classes with their civilian counterparts, and are able to participate in any of nearly 400 student organizations, as well as many other activities on and around the Virginia Tech campus. This combination produces well-rounded, successful leaders, whether your goal is to become the captain of a ship or a captain of industry.

Earn a Minor in Leadership:

Students participating in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets are eligible for a Minor in Leadership based on the training and experience they gain while a member of the Corps. Students who complete one of the three ROTC programs are eligible to receive the minor when they complete their Bachelor's Degree and they satisfy the other requirements of the minor.

Guaranteed Commissioning as an Officer in the Navy or Marine Corps:

If you complete all the requirements of the NROTC program, you will be commissioned as an officer and serve on active duty in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps upon graduation. Although the Virginia Tech NROTC Unit, established in 1983, is one of the newest in the country, we are already one of the top producers of officers for the Navy and Marine Corps. Ninety percent of our graduating midshipmen receive their first choice for service selection, whether they choose nuclear power training in submarines, Surface Warfare, Naval Aviation, or one of a variety of Marine Corps disciplines. A cross-town agreement with the Radford University School of Nursing allows Radford Nursing students to complete NROTC requirements at Virginia Tech and receive a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation. All of these exciting career opportunities are within reach as an NROTC midshipman at Virginia Tech.



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