Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Missouri

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is held in Great Lakes, Illinois, and is mandatory for all incoming freshman. All Midshipmen, whether they receive an NROTC scholarship or not, participate in New Student Orientation in the summer prior to their freshman year. The orientation is approximately three weeks in length and takes place in either July or August.

New Student Orientation provides an opportunity for incoming Midshipmen to learn the importance of camaraderie, teamwork and self-discipline. This period of instruction focuses on military orientation including drill, uniform wear, core values, customs and courtesies, chain of command and inspections. Professional training on naval operations, service selection, drug and alcohol, and equal opportunity/sexual harassment creates the framework upon which four more years of professional training will be built.

Additionally, there will be an orientation held at the University of Missouri prior to the start of classes. This short orientation will familiarize incoming Mizzou Midshipmen with the campus and NROTC facilities.

Navy Option Midshipmen

  • Physical Fitness Requirements – All Navy option midshipmen must score “Good Low” in every category for the 20-24 age group, regardless of current age, to activate or maintain their scholarship until commissioning. Additionally, students must meet height/weight standards.
  • Grooming Standards – Students are expected to arrive at New Student Orientation within U.S. Navy grooming regulations. Review the Navy Grooming Policy prior to your arrival to ensure you are within regulations.


Marine Option Midshipmen

  • Physical Fitness Requirements – All Marine option midshipmen and MECEPs must obtain a Physical Fitness Test score of 235.
  • Grooming Standards – All Marine Option midshipmen shall arrive at New Student Orientation with a fresh haircut in accordance with the USMC grooming standards found on page 1-13 in Marine Corps Uniform Regulations.

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