Can I apply to both NROTC and marine option?

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  1. Sneak

    Sneak Member

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    I know this is a pretty simple question, but the search bar yielded no results.

    On my NROTC application, there is a field that asks me to choose between "Navy" and "Marine option", and I can only check one box. I'm assuming this means that I can only apply to one, but I would apply to both if it was an option. If so, is there anywhere that I should specify that I want to apply to both?
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    You may only apply to one. Choose wisely.
     
  3. rocatlin

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    If you want to be a Marine, please be sure about that decision. :) Seriously, as kinnem stated, choose wisely. There have been some in my son's unit that have switched from Navy to Marine, but so far the results haven't played out well.

    Be sure about what you want and pursue it.
     
  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Just a dad

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    Also, keep in mind that NROTC scholarships are highly focused toward STEM majors. Marine Option is not particular about your major.

    But as Kinnem and rocatlin have stated, Marine option is very different and you should know what you are signing up for.
     
  5. kinnem

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    As others have pointed out there are big differences between Marine Option and Navy Option. Besides what you do in the respective service there are also different technical requirements while in NROTC. Navy Options are required to take 2 semesters of Calculus and Calculus based Physics, Marines are not. Obviously Navy learns navigation while Marines learn Land Nav. I would say the biggest three differences between the Navy and Marine Corps are physical fitness, physical fitness, and physical fitness.

    See here for Navy requirements: https://www.navy.com/navy-life/life-as-a-sailor/fitness.html#physical-training

    See here for Marine requirements: http://www.military.com/military-fitness/marine-corps-fitness-requirements/usmc-pft-charts

    Do your research and see what you prefer. You can change after entering the program (with permission... which can be denied) but better to go after the one you want to begin with.
     

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