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Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (Division of Naval Science) programs are available to UNF students. This program includes fourteen courses that apply to the 120-credit graduation requirement. The Vice President for Student and International Affairs is the management liaison for this program.

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 five programs - three NROTC Scholarship Programs and two NROTC College Programs.

NROTC National (4-Year) Scholarship Program

These students enter into a contract with the Secretary of the Navy in which they agree to take certain Naval Science courses, attend university-taught courses, and complete three summer training periods. The Navy provides tuition, fees, textbook stipend, 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.

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 Navy Option or Marine Option Scholarship Program

The Two and Three-Year Scholarship Program provides tuition, textbook stipend, uniforms, and a monthly subsistence allowance for the subsequent years of college towards a baccalaureate degree. To be selected, students must meet the same basic requirements as National Scholarship applicants with the following additional requirements:

  • Must have at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) but no more than 120 semester hours (203 quarter hours)
  • Must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Must be admitted to or in process of gaining admittance to school affiliated with the NROTC Unit from which they are being nominated

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 NROTC-approved Nursing Programs, please visit: NROTC-approved Nursing Programs.

NROTC College Program (Basic) - Freshman and Sophomore Years

Interested students can apply for admission into the NROTC College Program (Basic) as long as they have a minimum of three years left in their 4-year Degree Plan. Accepted students participate strictly on a volunteer basis and incur no service obligation until selected for College Program (Advanced Standing). Admitted students agree to take Naval Science courses, university-taught courses, and participate in drill periods.

NROTC College Program (Advanced Standing) - Junior and Senior Years

College Program and non-affiliated 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 while participating in the NROTC College Program (Basic).

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

National Scholarship students go on summer training for about 30 days during each of their three college summers. These training periods are great opportunities for NROTC midshipmen to be exposed to the operations of the Navy and Marine Corps. Students can expect to receive first-hand experience with the aviation, submarine, surface, and amphibious specialties both ashore and afloat. Nurse midshipmen conduct summer training at a Navy hospital. The Navy provides transportation to and from sites, subsistence and living quarters, and training pay during the summer training periods.

College program (Advanced Standing) 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)