Information About Joining NROTC
NROTC Berkeley offers a number of different options to become a
commissioned officer in the US Navy or US Marine Corps. The different
options available are listed below.
4-Year Scholarship (Navy Option)
Applicants for the 4-Year NROTC scholarship program are awarded positions through a highly competitive national selection process. Upon graduation, the recipient will be a commissioned naval officer and is obligated to a minimum of 5 years active duty, Navy Option Midshipmen, or 4 years active duty for Marine Option Midshipmen. The scholarship recipient will receive full tuition and other financial benefits including class fees, a textbook stipend and a monthly stipend for subsistence. NROTC scholarships do not pay for room and board or personal items such as computers. Applicants for 4 year NROTC scholarships must meet these eligibility requirements:
4-Year Scholarship (Marine Option)
Application eligibility for the NROTC scholarship Marine Option program are the same as Navy 4-year EXCEPT the minimum SAT test scores are 1000 composite or the minimum ACT test scores 22 composite.
The 2 year scholarship program covers tuition, fees, uniforms plus a textbook stipend and a monthly stipend for subsistence for a maximum of 20 academic months for the junior and senior years of college only. The deadline date is 15 March of the applicant’s sophomore year.
Currently there are three other colleges that are part of the NROTC Unit in Berkeley. Stanford University, University of California Davis, and California Maritime Academy. Once a week, these Midshipmen commute to Berkeley to conduct drill exercises, PT, etc.
Interested college students can join their Navy ROTC unit through the Two-year or Four-year College Program. Students must join the Four-year College Program prior to the start of their sophomore year, and incur no obligation to the Navy until accepted into advanced standing in their junior year. Additionally, Four-year College Program students can be eligible for three or two-year scholarships.
-$300 for sophomores
-$350 for juniors
-$400 for seniors
The Navy is preparing our officer corps of the future to meet the dynamic challenges in the next generation of technology and leadership. In structuring our academic programs to meet these challenges, undergraduate academic majors for NROTC Navy option midshipmen are divided into three categories or tiers: Tier 1 - engineering programs of Navy interest, Tier 2 - other engineering, math and science programs, Tier 3 - Foreign language and remaining academic programs. In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option NROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major.
Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Agricultural/Biological Engineering &
We realize that some of the academic majors listed above may not match word-for-word the majors offered at each of the more than 150 colleges and universities partnered with NROTC. If you have questions about how a major at a particular school fits into our NROTC academic major tier categories or our language program, please contact the NROTC unit located at that school. Or, you can contact the NROTC scholarship office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program. Annually, the Navy will offer this program to 20 - 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency is not required by the NROTC LREC program.
Central Asian Languages
The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host NROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major. NROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major. Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation.
Academic majors listed in each Tier may vary year to year dependent on the Navy's requirements, however once accepted into an academic major and Tier, a student’s Tier status will not change.
A student may request a modification from their original academic major. Changing from a Tier 1, Tier 2, or LREC major requires approval from a formal panel and will be based on the needs of the Navy.