NROTC and SSMP Requirements


  • U.S. Citizen
  • No less than 17 years old by September 1 of start of freshman year and no more than 23 years old by June 30 of that same year.
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday by June 30 of the year during which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for the amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-by-month basis, for a maximum of 36 months if they will not reach their 30th birthday by June 30 of the year during which graduation and commissioning are anticipated.
  • High school graduation or the equivalent certification is necessary by August 1 or the year of entrance into four-year NROTC scholarship program.
  • 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.


  • Candidates must pass a stringent physical examination to qualify for the NROTC program.
  • The physical and scholarship qualification processes are independent determinations. Applicants must have received a favorable endorsement in both areas before any NROTC scholarship can be granted. Many medical diagnoses are disqualifying.
  • Some common conditions which are considered disqualifying are: vision not correctable to 20/20 (each eye), no color vision; history of asthma; acute or chronic cardiac/pulmonary conditions; chronic skin disorders such as cystic acne, psoriasis, atophic dermatitis or eczema; arthritis; seizure disorders, severe motion sickness susceptibility, alcohol or drug abuse; pregnancy.
  • Any changes to medical or physical condition after the submission of the application must be reported.


The following documentation is required to be submitted along with the Texas A&M Maritime Academy application and medical history:

  • One-page essay stating why the student is interested in joining NROTC at TAMUG.
  • High School Transcript
  • Social Security Card *
  • Birth Certificate *

*A photocopy or facsimile is acceptable provided the original or certified copy is available during check-in.

[Note: Please do not send your application material to the NROTC department, everything must be processed by TAMUG Enrollment Services]

An acceptance/declination letter will be sent once all documentation has been submitted. If accepted, a ‘Welcome Aboard’ package will be attached, it will include a list of required items and a summary of what to expect as a new NROTC Midshipman. Also, all new Midshipmen are required to attend the Corps of Cadets Orientation Week usually starting two Fridays prior to the first day of classes. Amplifying information will be included in the Welcome Aboard package.

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  • Be a U.S. citizen, naturalized U.S. citizen, or have submitted naturalization papers.Meet physical standards specified by the U.S. Coast Guard for original licensing as a merchant marine officer.
  • Meet the Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board (DoDMERB) physical qualification standards.
  • Register with the Selective Service Registration Representative if required under the Military Selective Service Act (MSSA).
  • Apply for, be offered, and have accepted midshipman status in the U.S. Naval Reserve and simultaneously have applied and been accepted for Enlisted Reserve Status.
  • Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic or to taking an oath to perform such acts.All SSMP midshipmen are required to meet the same basic enrollment requirements as NROTC midshipmen.


  • Not have passed your 25th birthday on the day of enrollment at the school (SIP requirement).
  • Be at least 17 years of age on or before 30 September of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years of age on 31 December of the year an applicant expects to graduate, complete all NROTC training requirements, and be commissioned. Those with prior or current active duty in the Armed Forces may be granted age waivers equal to the number of months served. Those granted the maximum age waiver must not have reached their 30th birthday by 31 December of year graduation and commissioning are anticipated.


  • All SSMP midshipmen must attain a performance level of "Good" on push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run on their physical readiness test per Navy standards.
  • All SSMP midshipmen must be within U.S. Navy height and weight standards.
  • All SSMP midshipmen must participate in Unit-level physical training.
  • All SSMP midshipmen must qualify as a third-class swimmer.


  • Participation in the SSO Program leads to a Commission in the United States Navy Reserve.
  • Interested students must be accepted to a Texas A&M Maritime Academy License Option Program.
  • Return the Texas A&M Maritime Academy application along with a one-page essay of why you would like to join
                   By mail: Department of Naval Science, PO BOX 1675, Galveston, TX 77553 or
                   By E-mail:
  • This initial application does not guarantee acceptance; selection can be competitive.  If initially selected, SSO applicants will be given instructions for completing a DoDMERB physical and must complete additional paperwork.
  • Once physically qualified, applicants may be eligible for Student Incentive Pay providing $4000 per semester up to a maximum of $32000.
  • Click Here for more information about the program.

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