Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

University of North Florida students may participate in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program which is housed at Jacksonville University while earning their academic degrees at UNF.  The mission of the NROTC is to prepare future leaders of the United States Navy and Marine Corps mentally, morally, and physically for commissioning in the naval services. The goal is to provide a steady supply of well-educated junior officers, ready to serve their country. The NROTC program is designed to support the student’s academic major with specified university courses and naval professional courses. NROTC graduates will:

  1. Understand the fundamental roles and missions of the United States Navy and the importance of seapower to our national interests;
  2. Know the concepts and principles of leadership;
  3. Appreciate national security requirements;
  4. Gain a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility; and
  5. Attain an educational background which will allow advanced/continuing education later in their careers in a field of application and interest to the naval service.

There are two phases (or “courses”) of NROTC, a “basic course” taken during the freshman and sophomore years, and an “advanced course” taken in the junior and senior years.

There are five programs — three NROTC Scholarship Programs and two NROTC College Programs.

NROTC Scholarship Program

These students enter into a contract with the Secretary of the Navy in which they agree to take certain Naval Science courses and drills, attend university-taught courses, and complete three summer training periods. The Navy provides tuition, fees, textbooks, uniforms, and a monthly subsistence allowance for a maximum of 40 months. Scholarship students are selected through national competition.

Navy Option midshipmen (does not include Nurses or Marines) starting their freshman year of college in the Fall of 2010 or later will be required to serve a minimum of five years of active military service. Additional requirements may be required for specific job assignments. 

Additional Obligation for Medical/Dental school:

If you apply and are accepted to attend graduate medical/dental school out of the NROTS program, your service obligation will be a minimum 12 years of active military service (if you attend a military medical/dental school) or a minimum of 9 years of active military service (if you attend a civilian medical/dental school).

Marine Corps Option midshipmen will be required to serve at least four years on active duty.

Navy Nurse Corps Option midshipmen will be required to serve at least four years on active duty. 


NROTC Two and Three-Year Scholarship Program

The Two and Three-Year Scholarship Program provides tuition, books, uniforms, and a monthly subsistence allowance for the subsequent years of college towards a baccalaureate degree. To be selected, students must be in advanced college standing and qualify for enrollment in the NROTC program’s advanced courses at colleges or universities where NROTC is offered. Two and Three-Year Scholarship students are selected through national competition and through a system of direct appointments. 

You must apply via the NROTC unit of the university you wish to attend.

Upon graduation scholarship midshipmen are commissioned as Ensigns in the U.S. Navy or as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps, and serve on active duty for a minimum of five and four years. respectively.

NROTC Four-Year Scholarship Nurse Option Program

 *This program is not offered to UNF Nursing students. For a list of schools with NROTS approved Nursing Programs, please visit:  

This program provides tuition, books, uniforms, and a monthly subsistence allowance for those pursuing a nursing degree. Graduates from the NROTC Nurse Option Program are commissioned in the restricted line, Nurse Corps, and serve on active duty for a minimum of four years.

The nursing program is highly structured and allows few opportunities for electives or tailoring schedules. The NROTC has a liberal policy for waiving courses that are designed for commissioned officers entering fields other than nursing. These courses include Calculus, Physics, American Military History, National Security Policy, Naval Ship Systems I and II, Navigation and Naval Operations I and II, and Computer Science. The senior summer training period is normally served at a Navy Hospital. All other NROTC requirements apply to nurse corps midshipmen.

NROTC Four and Three-Year College Program

Interested students can apply for admission into the NROTC through the Four and Three-Year College Program as long as they have a minimum of three years left in his or her 4-year Degree Plan; and incur no obligation until selected for advanced standing. Admitted students  agree to take certain Naval Science courses, university-taught courses, and participate in drill periods. College Program students who are selected for advanced standing, which is only available starting the junior year of college gain a contract for commission into the United States Navy or Marines Corps. In return, the Navy provides uniforms, Naval Science textbooks, and pays students monthly  subsistence allowance during the junior and senior years for a maximum of 20 months.

There are also opportunities to apply for the NROTC Three-year Scholarship at the end of the Freshman year and NROTC Two-year Scholarship at the end of the Sophomore year.

To apply, contact

Eligibility Requirements

  1.  Must be a citizen of the United States and present official certified proof of citizenship.
  2. Must have high moral standards and officer like character evidenced by appearance, scholarship, extracurricular activities, and involvement in the community. Criminal conviction is normally disqualifying.
  3. Applicants for the Scholarship Program must be at least 17 years old on or before 1 September of the year of enrollment, and must be under 27 years old on 30 June of the calendar year in which commissioned. Age waivers are available, and other limitations may exist based on an applicant’s special circumstances.
  4. Scholarship students must meet the physical qualification standards set by the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine. College Program students must meet the standards prior to entering advanced standing. A physical exam is not usually required for enrollment in the basic course, however, students must meet initial screening standards.

Must meet Department of the Navy requirements concerning prior use of narcotics and/or other related drugs.

Summer Training Requirements

Scholarship students go on summer training for about 30 days during each of their three college summers. The first summer training includes exposure to aviation, submarine, surface, and amphibious specialties both ashore and afloat. The second summer is at-sea training aboard operational U.S. Navy ships. During the third summer candidates train aboard operational ships, nurse midshipmen train at a Navy hospital, and Marine Corps candidates train at U.S. Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia. The Navy provides transportation to and from sites, subsistence and living quarters, and training pay during the summer training periods.

College program students perform one summer training session between the junior and senior years.

Drills, Ceremonies and Inspections  

All NROTC program students attend the Naval Science Laboratories for one and a half hours each Thursday.

NROTC Jacksonville
2800 University Blvd North
Jacksonville, FL 32211-3394
904-256-7480 (phone)
904-256-7499 (fax)