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Service Obligation

NROTC Scholarship Recipients

For those midshipmen attending college and NROTC on an NROTC Scholarship, the following military service obligations apply:

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.

Additional Obligation for Medical/Dental school: If you apply and are accepted to attend graduate medical/dental school out of the NROTC program, your service obligation will be a minimum 12 year of active military service (if you attend a military medical/dental school) or a minimum of 9 years of active military service (if you attend a civilian medical/dental school).

Marine Corps Option midshipmen will be required to serve at least four years on active duty.

NROTC College Program

Midshipmen who pay their own educational expenses or have a non-Navy source of educational funding may participate in NROTC through the NROTC College Program. Upon graduation and commissioning, this individual will be required to serve at least three years on active duty (Advanced Standing required).

Additional Information

  • Upon graduation, midshipmen who complete all academic requirements in the NROTC program are commissioned as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps. Although it is not current policy, in the future some midshipmen may be commissioned temporarily into the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).  Midshipmen without scholarships may also receive a commission through the College Program.
  • Minimum of two years active enlisted service or recoupment of all tuition dollars paid may be required for midshipmen who disenroll or are disenrolled from NROTC Scholarship Program for academic or personal reasons after the first day of their sophomore year.
  • If disenrolled, personnel who were originally on active duty and were released early to accept NROTC Scholarships must complete their original enlisted contracts.