It has been said that being a midshipman means you do more work by 10:00 am than most people do in a normal day. Expect early mornings and late evenings, as you prepare yourself both physically and mentally for the rigors of military and academia. More will be expected of you than the average student. Simply placing on the uniform will set a higher moral, academic, and ethical standard to the general community at large.
Midshipmen in the Naval ROTC program are either Scholarship students or College Program students.
Regardless of standing, Scholarship students and College Programmers participate in all NROTC functions throughout each semester.
Drill is held twice a week for one hour; here, midshipmen learn about some aspects of being a Naval Officer. These drill periods cover close order drill, Commanding Officer briefs, personal finance, experiences from other midshipmen’s summer training, and other military instructions. Drill attendance is mandatory, as this is a large portion of a midshipman’s development.
Physical fitness is of the utmost importance to the Navy and Marine Corps, and every midshipmen must attend at least three PT sessions each week. For one of these sessions, the whole Battalion meets for PT. The other two training sessions are with smaller groups, usually with your immediate peers and billet holders. If midshipmen are lacking in certain physical areas, they will be placed on a Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP). This is meant to improve overall performance and get midshipmen back to working out with their divisions. Marine Options PT separately, in order to prepare for Officer Candidate School and the more rigorous standards that the Marine Corps places on these midshipmen.
Developing good officers for the fleet is the mission of the NROTC program. During their time with the Battalion, each midshipman will hold billets, or jobs, so their leadership skills can be evaluated and be improved.
The Battalion is headed by a triad of 3rd and 4th year midshipmen, the Battalion Commanding Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, and Battalion Master Chief Petty Officer. This triad oversees three departments, the Supply Department, Operation Department, and Administration Department, which are each headed by a duo of upperclassmen. Each of these departments is headed by a pair of midshipmen, and contains two to three divisions containing a group of midshipmen led by two primarily 2nd year midshipmen to perform a certain task of the unit, such as organizing unit events, or managing unit social media.