The United States Navy is working in partnership with over one hundred sixty colleges and other educational institutions. The Navy’s NROTC or Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, can help students address a troubling question when it comes to their college education. Who’s going to pay for all this? The ROTC program offers full scholarships in many different fields. Not only do they cover almost every college expense, in some cases ROTC students are allowed a monthly stipend to spend in addition to paying their college costs.
It is not easy to get into the NROTC. Applicants must pass the rigorous physical requirements and then still meet all the other criteria. Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 23. All applicants must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent before they enter the NROTC. Applicants must meet Navy standards for physical qualifications, pursuant to enlistment in the Navy immediately after graduation.
To be eligible for the NROTC program, the student must first authorize the release of their educational records to the NROTC scholarship board. Then the student should apply to at least three different schools that have affiliations with the NROTC program. There is a detailed list of these schools available. Many of them focus on healthcare, one of our nation’s most pressing issues.
Each NROTC unit or chapter has limited space available. Applicants are accepted into the program on a first-come, first-served basis. That is why it is important to list more than one school on the NROTC application. In the event that there is no room at the applicants first school of choice, they may be offered a scholarship to attend their second or third choice of schools.
To be considered for aid, applicants will have successfully submitted their application to the NROTC board or chapter by January twentieth. Applications are then extensively reviewed, and final decisions are handed down by the NROTC committee. Applicants will be notified by mail as to which school they have been accepted to.
The NROTC program is a brilliant way to pay for college. This program not only pays for all of the students college expenses, this program also provides several opportunities for the student to gain valuable work experience along the way by serving alongside the officers of the U.S. Navy in various training positions during the summer. Applicants can work on a nuclear submarine, an aircraft carrier, or with a land based naval unit.
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