The purpose of the Marine Option NROTC program is to educate and train highly qualified young men and women for careers as commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps.
The Marine Option NROTC units are located at selected colleges and universities throughout the United States. Upon graduation and successful completion of required courses and training, a midshipman is appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. It is a way for highly qualified young men and women to “try-on” the military lifestyle, pay for their undergraduate education, and earn a commission as an officer upon graduation from college. Selected applicants are awarded the scholarships through a highly competitive selection process and receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities.Selected applicants are awarded the scholarships through a highly competitive selection process and receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities.
- The program that runs concurrently with a student’s normal college educational course of study.
- NROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in unit drill and physical training, and other activities.
- Students are taught the leadership principals and high ideals of a military officer.
- During the summer students participate in a variety of training courses. These periods of instruction help students understand different career options, as well as familiarize them with a military life.
- Upon graduation, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
- Students incur zero obligation by applying and can withdraw from the program at any time during the freshman year of college.
- Students can simply visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/marine.html to start the application process.
The following are the minimum academic requirements for application:
- 1000 on the SAT (math plus critical reading), OR
- 22 on the ACT (composite), OR
- 74 on the ASVAB.
Additionally the applicants must score at least 200 points on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (consisting of a timed three mile run, crunches, and pull-ups/push-ups).