Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Missouri


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Ready to enroll? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

In order to be a member of Mizzou NROTC, you must be enrolled in classes full time at the university (at least 12 non-NROTC credit hours per semester). In addition to taking university classes, Midshipmen will also take Naval Science classes. There is one Naval Science class offered each semester, freshman through senior year. These classes give you an introduction to the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Midshipmen also participate in a weekly drill period where they apply the skills they learn in the classroom. The drill periods are organized and run by battalion leadership.

Students may partake in university activities from professional and social organizations, varsity and club athletics, fraternities, sororities and more.

NROTC Program Entrance Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, a Naturalized U.S. Citizen or in process of becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen. Note: If selected, must be a U.S. Citizen in order to activate the scholarship.
  • Not less than 17 years old by September 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year.
  • Must not have reached 27th birthday by December 31 of year of anticipated graduation and commissioning.
  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service (on month-by-month basis for maximum of 36 months) if they will not reach 30th birthday by December 31 of year of anticipated graduation and commissioning.
  • High school graduation or equivalency certificate by August 1 of year of entrance into four-year NROTC Scholarship program.
  • No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms, supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, or to taking an oath to perform such acts.
  • Medically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.
  • Must not have any body piercing or tattoos that violate Navy or Marine Corps policy.
  • Students with 30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see Mizzou NROTC staff to discuss other scholarship opportunities. Note: College credits anticipated to be earned by June of the application year count towards the College credit limit.
  • You must be within Navy or Marine Corps height/weight standards when you report.
  • Apply for and gain admission to an approved NROTC college or university. Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.
  • Students may apply for only one of two program options at Mizzou NROTC – Navy or Marine Corps.
  • Active duty Navy applicants are ineligible to apply for NROTC program through COMNAVCRUITCOM. Active members of other branches of the military may apply if granted a conditional release. Individuals who are scheduled for boot camp may apply provided they complete all required application evolutions (i.e. officer interview, etc.). Applicants shall not ship to Boot Camp RTC prior to notification of selection or nonselection.  Applicants who chose to ship to Boot Camp prior to selection/nonselection notification must notify NSTC (OD2), in writing, that they wish to withdraw their application.

Physical/Medical Requirements

Physical fitness is an integral part of being a Naval Officer. Navy option Midshipmen are required to participate in and pass the Physical Fitness Assessment, which is run twice a year. This test includes curl-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile timed run.  Marine option Midshipmen are required to participate in and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment, which includes; crunches, pull-ups, and a 3 mile timed run.

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Academic Scholarship Requirements/Tier Groups

To be considered for an academic scholarship, prospective students must meet the national criteria. For more information, please visit this page.

The academic tier groups correspond to the level of technical difficulty associated with each major. The more technically challenging majors (i.e. Mechanical Engineering) are listed as Tier 1 majors while the less technically challenging majors (i.e. History) are listed as Tier 3 majors. Navy and Marine Corps members operate some of the worlds most advanced technology and equipment; thus, the Midshipmen are encouraged to pursue Tier 1 and Tier 2 majors.

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