FAQ

NROTC Scholarship


1. How do I get an NROTC Scholarship Application Form?
2. What are the eligibility requirements for an NROTC Scholarship?
3. What are the minimum academic requirements to be considered for an NROTC Scholarship?
4. What does the NROTC Scholarship pay for?
5. What does the NROTC Scholarship not pay for?
6. When is the scholarship application deadline?
7. When will I find out if I received an NROTC scholarship?
8. If I don’t receive a 4-year scholarship, can I still take part in the NROTC at TAMUG and eventually receive a scholarship or commission in the United States Navy?


NROTC College Program


1. What is the NROTC College Program?
2. What are the eligibility requirements?
3. What are the minimum academic requirements to be considered for the College Program?
4. How do I apply to the College Program?
5. Are scholarships available in the College Program?
6. What will I receive from the College Program?
7. What is Advanced Standing?
8. What does it mean to be on contract?


Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) Program


1. What is the SSO Program?
2. How do I apply for the SSO Program?
3. What are the eligibility requirements for the SSO Program?
4. What is Student Incentive Pay (SIP)?
5. What are the eligibility requirements to receive SIP?
6. What are the Minimum Service Requirements for the Program?
7. Can I receive an Active Duty Commission?


Uniforms

1. Where do I buy Uniform Items?
2. What Uniforms do I need to purchase as an NROTC student?
3. What Uniforms do I need to purchase as an SSO student?
4. What uniform items are provided?


Courses and Academics


1. What are the minimum requirements to stay in good standing as an NROTC/SSO student?
2. What courses do SSO students need to take?
3. What courses do NROTC students need to take?
4. What is Lead Lab (ZOPT 100)?


Physical Fitness


1. What are the minimum physical fitness standards?
2. When does PT take place?
3. How should I prepare for PT?

NROTC Scholarship


1. How do I get an NROTC Scholarship Application Form?
The quickest way to get information on NROTC Scholarships and begin the application process is to log on to https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/.  You can also call 1-800-USA-Navy and request an NROTC scholarship application be sent in the mail.


2. What are the eligibility requirements for an NROTC Scholarship?
You must:
a. Be a U.S. citizen.
b. Be 17 years old by Sept. 1 of the first year of college and younger than 27 on June 30 of the year in which you are eligible for graduation and commissioned status.  An age waiver may be granted for prior active military service.
c. Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency certificates by Aug. 1 of the same year that entrance into the four-year NROTC Program is anticipated.
d. Be physically qualified according to Navy standards.
Note the following may be disqualifying:
* Vision not correctable to 20/20 in each eye
* Substandard color vision
* History of asthma
* Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
* Chronic skin disorders (i.e. cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis)
* Arthritis
* Seizure disorders
* Susceptibility to severe motion sickness
* Alcohol or drug abuse
* Medications used to treat ADD/ADHD
e. Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.
f. Apply for and gain admission to NROTC colleges.  (Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process.)  However, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.
g. Achieve qualifying scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).


3. What are the minimum academic requirements to be considered for an NROTC Scholarship?
SAT: 530 Verbal, 520 Math
ACT: 22 Verbal, 21 Math
* Minimum scores must be obtained on the same test. Combining scores from different tests is prohibited.


4. What does the NROTC Scholarship pay for?
The Scholarship pays for the following:
a. Tuition and school/class related fees.
b. Book stipend. This amounts to $375 a semester. For several majors, this will pay for most books. For others, like engineering, it may not cover all your books.
c. Uniforms.
d. Monthly allowance. All scholarship students will receive $250 a month. This allowance increases by $50 each year.
e. Summer training pay (approx. $750.00/month).


5. What does the NROTC Scholarship not pay for?
The Scholarship does not pay for: Initial dorm deposit, TMA required Orientation week pack, dorm fees, meal plan, sports/entertainment passes, parking, etc.


6. When is the scholarship application deadline?
Applications may be submitted from 1 April until 31 January of the following year. Completed applications will be processed as they are received. Notifications of early selection will begin in September.


7. When will I find out if I received an NROTC scholarship?
All Scholarship nominees will be notified by 30 April of the year of enrollment.


8. If I don’t receive a 4-year scholarship, can I still take part in the NROTC at TAMUG and eventually receive a scholarship or commission in the United States Navy?
Absolutely! Our staff is dedicated to helping you in every way reach your goal of becoming an officer in the Navy.  Please review the information contained in the College Program FAQs.

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NROTC College Program


1. What is the NROTC College Program?
The NROTC College Program is similar to being a walk-on for a sports team.  You are able to try-out and evaluate the program, and we are able to evaluate your abilities to lead as an Officer in the US Navy.  The NROTC staff will make recommendations to Naval Service Training Command headquarters for highly qualified students to be placed on a contract to become a commissioned officer.


2. What are the eligibility requirements?
a. Be a U.S. citizen.
b. Be 17 years old by Sept. 1 of the first year of college and younger than 27 on June 30 of the year in which you are eligible for graduation and commissioned status.  An age waiver may be granted for prior active military service.
c. Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency certificates by Aug. 1 of the same year that entrance into the four-year NROTC Program is anticipated.
d. Be physically qualified according to Navy standards. 
Note the following may be disqualifying:
* Vision not correctable to 20/20 in each eye
* Substandard color vision
* History of asthma
* Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
* Chronic skin disorders (i.e. cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis)
* Arthritis
* Seizure disorders
* Susceptibility to severe motion sickness
* Alcohol or drug abuse
* Medications used to treat ADD/ADHD
e. Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.
f. Gain admission to TAMUG and complete the Texas Maritime Academy Application which includes the NROTC College Program Application.
g. Achieve qualifying scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).


3. What are the minimum academic requirements to be considered for the College Program?
Minimum SAT and ACT test scores are generally the same as for the NROTC scholarship; however, extracurricular activities, work experience, JROTC participation, and other factors can allow slightly lower scores to be considered. 
Keep in mind the essay is a vital way to display your ability to communicate, so please review it and make sure it makes a good impression.
SAT: 530 Verbal, 520 Math
ACT: 22 Verbal, 21 Math


4. How do I apply to the College Program?
Please see the Texas Maritime Academy Application and return it to the Office of Admissions and Records.  Mailing material directly to the NROTC department will delay your acceptance decision.


5. Are scholarships available in the College Program?
Two and three year scholarships (called “sideloads”) are available through the College Program.  These scholarships are EXTREMELY competitive.  The best way to increase chances are to achieve a high GPA (>3.5) from the start, complete Calculus with a high letter grade, demonstrate leadership abilities, and perform satisfactorily on Physical Fitness Tests (this means achieving a score of “GOOD” in each event).
Alternatively, you can re-apply for a National Scholarship with a recruiting office.  BY CHOOSING THIS METHOD, YOU CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN THE COLLEGE PROGRAM; however, you may still take NROTC courses.


6. What will I receive from the College Program?
The College Program provides uniforms only.  There is no monetary assistance unless selected to receive a scholarship or placed on Advanced Standing.


7. What is Advanced Standing?
If NROTC College Program students do not receive a scholarship by the summer following their Sophomore year, they can be recommended to Naval Service Training Command to be placed on Advanced Standing.  Advanced Standing places the student on a contract to become a commissioned officer.  This program IS NOT a scholarship; however, it does provide a monthly stipend ($350 for Juniors, $400 for Seniors).  It also allows the student to participate in Summer Training between the Junior and Senior year. 

8. What does it mean to be on contract?
A student is on a contract if they are selected to be a recipient of a sideload scholarship or placed on Advanced Standing.

 *** IF A STUDENT IS NOT ON CONTRACT PRIOR TO RETURNING FOR THE FALL OF THE JUNIOR YEAR, HE/SHE IS DISMISSED FROM THE NROTC PROGRAM.***

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Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) Program


1. What is the SSO Program?
The SSO Program is an officer commissioning program for License Option Midshipmen.  Upon graduation and receipt of the Coast Guard Unlimited License, these students are commissioned as US Navy Reserve Officers. 


2. How do I apply for the SSO Program?
Please complete the Texas Maritime Academy Application including the NROTC/SSO Program application.  You should also complete the essay of why you would like to participate in the SSO Program including why you want to become an officer.  This is a competitive program and if accepted, you will be notified and given additional instructions to complete your application.


3. What are the eligibility requirements for the SSO Program?
You must:
a. Be a U.S. Citizen
b. Be not less than 17 years old and not more than 25 years old by start of freshman year.
c. Must not have reached 27th birthday by June 30 of the year during which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
d. Be physically qualified according to Navy standards. 
Note the following may be disqualifying:
* Vision not correctable to 20/20 in each eye
* Substandard color vision
* History of asthma
* Acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions
* Chronic skin disorders (i.e. cystic acne, eczema, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis)
* Arthritis
* Seizure disorders
* Susceptibility to severe motion sickness
* Alcohol or drug abuse
* Medications used to treat ADD/ADHD
e. Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments; contact the office for questions
f. High school graduation or the equivalent certification is necessary by August 1 or the year of entrance into four-year NROTC scholarship program
g. No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.


4. What is Student Incentive Pay (SIP)?
Student Incentive Pay (SIP) is a payment made to eligible SSO students in good standing to help offset expenses.  Once you are fully qualified to be an SSO student, payments of $4000 are made to your account at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.  The total amount received will not exceed $32000.  If at any time you quit the program or are dismissed, you will be required to pay back money received. 

NOTE: SIP payments are subject to Federal Funds Availability.  Completion of the application does not guarantee payment.


5. What are the eligibility requirements to receive SIP?
The same as for the SSO program; however, THERE IS NO AGE WAIVER IF YOU ARE OLDER THAN 25 AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TERM IN WHICH YOU APPLY.


6. What are the Minimum Service Requirements for the Program?
You have an 8 year obligation to the US Navy including:
a. Complete a minimum of two weeks of active duty each year for a total of six years, in a merchant marine related billet, at pay and travel/food reimbursement based on rank
b. At least 150 days of sailing employment using one's Coast Guard License every calendar year for three years and maintain Coast Guard license for three additional years (First 6 of 8 year obligation)
c. Remain in the Inactive Reserve (with no other obligations) for an additional two years (Last 2 of 8 year obligation)


7. Can I receive an Active Duty Commission?
Yes, and in some cases you can also fulfill your commitment in other branches including USAF, USCG, USA, and NOAA.

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Uniforms


1. Where do I buy Uniform Items?
Generally, you order uniform items from the NEX Uniform Support Center at 1-800-368-4088.


2. What Uniforms do I need to purchase as an NROTC student?
For Males.
For Females


3. What Uniforms do I need to purchase as an SSO student?
You must purchase all the uniforms required for the License Option Program


4. What uniform items are provided?
NROTC Students receive a complete sea bag of uniforms: 
Navy Working Uniform (1 set) including steel toe boots
Navy Service Khaki (1 set) including black leather oxford shoes
Navy Summer Whites (1 set) including white leather oxford shoes
Navy Service Dress Blues (1 set)
Navy PT Uniform (2 sets) including sweats
Additional items may be issued as required
IF YOU QUIT OR ARE DISENROLLED FROM THE PROGRAM, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO RETURN ALL UNIFORM ITEMS.

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Courses and Academics


1. What are the minimum requirements to stay in good standing as an NROTC/SSO student?
NROTC and SSO students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 for each term and cumulative.  Falling below this minimum can lead to loss of scholarship or SIP, and ultimately disenrollment from the program.


2. What courses do SSO students need to take?
NVSC 101 Introduction to Naval Science (available Fall semesters)
NVSC 200 Naval Science for the Merchant Marine (available Fall and Spring)
NVSC 402 Leadership and Ethics (available Spring semesters, should enroll senior year)


3. What courses do NROTC students need to take?
NVSC 101 Introduction to Naval Science (Fall of Freshman)
MGMT 211 Legal and Social Environment of Business (Spring of Freshman) OR MARA 363
HIST 232 History of American Seapower (Fall of Sophomore)
MART 204 Terrestrial Navigation (Spring of Sophomore)
NVSC 320 Naval Engineering (Fall of Junior)
NVSC 401 Naval Weapons (Spring of Junior)
NVSC 404 Naval Seamanship and Operations (Fall of Senior)
NVSC 402 Leadership and Ethics (Spring of Senior)

STUDENTS PLANNING TO TRANSFER TO COLLEGE STATION SHOULD SPEAK TO THE NROTC ADVISORS FOR A RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE.

 
***NROTC STUDENTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO TAKE KINE 199: SAILING***


4. What is Lead Lab (ZOPT 100)?
Lead Lab is a practicum for all NROTC and SSO students to attend.  It is a 2 hour, no credit course in which students learn about naval leadership through guest speakers, team building events, group discussions, and field activities.  This is required each semester of attendance and cannot be waived.

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Physical Fitness


1. Click HERE to see: What are the minimum physical fitness standards?
All students must pass the curl-ups, push-ups, and 1.5-mile run with a score of “GOOD” or higher. 
All students must be within height and weight standards, or body composition assessment (BCA) standards.
CONTINUED FAILURE OF PFT EVENTS OR BCA CAN LEAD TO LOSS OF SCHOLARSHIP MONEY/SIP OR DISENROLLMENT FROM THE PROGRAM


2. When does PT take place?
PT takes place Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings starting around 0600.  Individuals that score overall “EXCELLENT” or higher may be excused from some of the morning PT sessions.


3. How should I prepare for PT?
a. Know what the Physical Fitness Test consists of and know the minimum scores you need.  Conduct numerous self-assessments prior to arrival at O-week.
b. Practice eating a nutritious and balanced diet.  Make sure the majority of fluid intake is water to begin hydrating yourself for the humid climate in Galveston.
c. Make sure you have a new pair of running shoes.  Shoes should be replaced every 6 months to avoid injury to ankles, shins, and knees.  Most local running stores can conduct a “gait analysis” to help you choose the right shoe.

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