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Military Service Requirements

Naval ROTC Scholarship Recipients

For those midshipmen attending college and Naval ROTC on a Naval ROTC Scholarship (regardless of scholarship duration), 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.

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

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

Naval ROTC College Program

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

Other Information

  • Upon graduation, midshipmen who complete all academic requirements in the Naval ROTC 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 the Naval ROTC 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 Naval ROTC Scholarships must complete their original enlisted contracts.
  Last Updated:  March 10th, 2020  
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