Frequently Asked Questions

If you have not done so already, read www.nrotc.navy.mil in its entirety. You will find all program information on that website, as well as the electronic four year national scholarship application. Once you have read www.nrotc.navy.mil, please contact us if you have further questions.

Yes, you can still join NROTC as a “College Program” midshipman, meaning that you will not receive ANY financial assistance from the Navy, but you must adhere to the same requirements as all other midshipmen. As a College Program student, you can compete for a two year scholarship, a three year scholarship, or Advanced Standing (read nrotc.navy.mil to learn more details about these different options).

To join, you must contact the ERAU NROTC unit via our website and express your interest. The ERAU NROTC unit only accepts new students in the Fall Semester. We advise that you contact us NLT the April prior to starting your first semester. This will provide enough time to fill out the application materials and turn them in by the deadline, which is 31 July of each year. If you do not submit your application by 31 July of the year you intend to start, you will not be able to try out for the unit until the following year’s fall semester.

Joining as a College Program student is competitive. You must pass a Navy Physical Readiness Test (requirements discussed in a FAQ below), meet Navy height/weight standards (requirements discussed in a FAQ below), and pass at least one interview. Your place in the unit is not assured until after all these events are complete and you are offered admission by unit staff.

Approximately 85% of those who express interest will not matriculate to the unit, so it is to your advantage to prepare diligently for the acceptance process.

Please refer to the question above. The process is exactly the same, but you must:

  • Have at least 6 semesters remaining in college.
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree.
  • Be a full time student at ERAU on the Daytona Beach campus.
  • Verify you are within age requirements found on nrotc.navy.mil, and that you meet all other basic eligibility requirements found on that website.
No, you must be a full-time student at ERAU, physically attending class at the Daytona Beach campus. For example, even students who are enrolled at the ERAU Worldwide online campus are not eligible to join the NROTC unit.
No, the NROTC program is not designed for those pursuing advanced degrees. Contact your local Navy Recruiter to explore available options if you wish to join the Navy. Navy recruiters can be located online.

If you are awarded a four year national scholarship (by applying on www.nrotc.navy.mil website AND being subsequently selected for a scholarship), or are awarded a two/three year scholarship (application submitted by the unit on behalf of its accepted freshmen and sophomore College Program students), then yes. NROTC will NOT pay for any college expenses by simply signing up for the program. See the FAQ above for information on joining as a College Program (non-scholarship) student.

Students who join without being previously awarded the four year national scholarship, known as College Program students, will have to compete against their peers at the unit (and nationally) for a limited number of two and three year scholarships. They can compete after their freshman year for a three year scholarship, and after their sophomore year for a two year scholarship. The unit will handle this application process. See the second FAQ above for information on joining as a College Program (non-scholarship) student.

Two year scholarships and three year scholarships are not a guarantee. “Advanced Standing” is an alternative to being awarded a scholarship and is also NOT a guarantee. Students who are awarded advanced standing their junior year will receive a monthly stipend and a guaranteed commission into the Navy upon graduation, but NO tuition money or book money.

If a student has not been awarded a scholarship or advanced standing by the start of their junior year in college, they cannot continue in the NROTC program. They may, however, choose to contact a Navy recruiter and join the Navy through another route.

Congratulations! Follow the process as outlined on your offer package. If you have not done so already, accept the scholarship offer and ensure you are accepted for admission at ERAU. Your scholarship offer does not guarantee your acceptance at ERAU, you must apply be accepted separately. Additionally, it is imperative that you complete your medical screening prior to arrival. Failure to do so will delay your benefits and could result in removal from the program.
Individual NROTC units will not be able to assist you in switching your scholarship. You must formally contact the placement office and request they transfer your scholarship. Ensure that you have applied and been accepted to all schools on your list. If you are NOT accepted to a school on your list, you should also contact the placement office to keep them informed. Contact information for the placement office is available at: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/contact.html

It will fund tuition (except flight fees), a book stipend each semester, and a monthly stipend. Again, a scholarship will NOT cover any flight costs associated with any major or minor.

Your scholarship will not pay for: minors (including flight minors), summer tuition, room and board, parking, or flight costs. If you do not complete or you retake a course while at the university, the NROTC scholarship will only cover the cost of your first attempt.

No. The NROTC scholarship will pay your tuition. For additional financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form (Federal Application for Student Aid - ERAU’s Financial Aid office can help you with this).  This form helps financial aid experts determine how much assistance you can receive. If you are not eligible to receive enough funding to cover the remaining cost of attendance, the university may provide some assistance to ROTC scholarship students. You must complete the FAFSA form to be eligible for extra funding and should do so as soon as possible!
No, the Navy will not back-pay you for years that you were not on scholarship, and they do not have any programs that assist with any previously existing student loans.
Improve your physical fitness. Physical fitness is a major part of the NROTC program and you should arrive in the best possible shape. You will be expected to meet the minimum physical standards from the first day, and you must pass a body composition assessment and physical fitness test for matriculation to the unit. Physical fitness requirements are located at: http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/physical_requirements.html.

4/C Midshipmen (freshmen) must take (and pass) a Third Class swim test. Scholarship midshipmen must pass prior to going on summer cruise. The test consists of jumping into the pool from a height of 5 feet or greater and swimming unassisted to the surface, swimming 50 yards without holding the wall, stopping, or standing, and a 5 minute prone float. After successfully completing these events, midshipmen will have to demonstrate competency using their uniform blouse and trousers as flotation devices (these skills will be taught here).

If you are a weak swimmer or uncomfortable in the water, start practicing your swimming now. Find a pool (such as a local YMCA) and a swim instructor to get the help you require.

Navy Swim Test Guidelines

You are expected to pass a Navy physical readiness test (PRT) and a Body Composition Assessment (BCA) immediately upon arrival.  The Navy PRT consists of a 1.5 mile run, two minutes of pushups (maximum effort), and two minutes of curl-ups (maximum effort).  Passing scores can be accessed online at http://www.navy-prt.com/malestandard/20-24.html and http://www.navy-prt.com/femalestandard/20-24.html.  You must be able to achieve, at a minimum, a “Good-Low” score in each of the three PRT categories. College Program Midshipmen who fail to meet this standard may be denied entry to the unit until they can meet the standard.   

The following table shows requirements for 20-24 year old males and females to achieve a “Good-Low” in each category on the PRT:

Male (20-24 years) Activity Female (20-24 years)
58 Curl-ups 58
47 Push-ups 21
12:00 1.5-mile run 14:15

The BCA is a comparison of your height and weight. For a given height, you must be at a specific weight or less. These numbers can be accessed at http://www.navy-prt.com/maleweight.html and http://www.navy-prt.com/femaleweight.html.

College Program Midshipmen who fail to meet this standard may be denied entry to the unit until they can meet the standard

NROTCU ERAU highly recommends that you prepare diligently and consistently over the summer to meet the minimum physical fitness and height/weight requirements before arrival. You must be able to make passing scores (both BCA and PRT) for acceptance into the College Program.

Weekly requirements after Orientation:

  • PT every Tuesday, 0700-0800 / Bloodstripe (USMC option) 1545-1645
  • Department Lab, Wednesday 0700-0800
  • Leadership Lab, Thursday 1600-1800
  • Naval Science courses each semester (Navy option – 3 hours/week, USMC option – 3 hours/week) 

During your first semester, you will also be required to attend Study Hall for a minimum of 10 hours each week, Sunday through Thursday, 1730-2230. 

Anticipate various other activities such as Drill Team (travel to competitions), Color Guard, civic ceremonies, serving at the VFW, attending Navy League events, mentoring middle or high school students, and other community outreach events.

For all Navy Option Scholarship Midshipmen, the calculus requirement is one year (two semesters) of calculus. At ERAU, that equates to MA 241 and MA 242, both of which must be completed by the end of sophomore year. If ERAU gives you credit for one of these courses you are not required to retake it, however you may choose to retake it to ensure readiness for the next class in the series.

All Navy Scholarship Midshipmen have a physics requirement of one year (two semesters) of calculus based physics. At ERAU, that equates to PS 150 and PS 160, which must be completed by the end of junior year for all scholarship students. 

For Marine Option Midshipmen, there are no requirements for calculus or physics beyond their degree. The requirements of your degree are sufficient to cover math and science requirements.

Throughout your time at ERAU remember that grades are your NUMBER ONE priority, and without a degree there can be no commission.

You must discuss this option first with your unit. You will need to get a conditional release, DD Form 368, before you will be authorized to sign a contract with the Navy ROTC program.

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