Tier 3 NROTC-Navy Option

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Ribbe, May 31, 2016.

  1. Ribbe

    Ribbe Member

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2014
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hello everyone, I was wondering what the chances/statistics are for a tier 3 major who completes calculus 1 & 2 to achieve non scholarship advanced standing as a Navy option midshipmen. I ask since I have been accepted to a college with NROTC and have been given a merit school based scholarship to cover my tuition for 4 years and thus am not planning on actively perusing a NROTC scholarship. My end goal is to commission as a Naval surface warfare officer and to peruse my interest (history) while in college. Others have advised me with my major to look into Marine option or Army ROTC since it seems the Navy is more interested in those majoring in more technical majors but I was wondering if this applies only to scholarships.
    Thank you for everyone's input and advice ahead of time
     
  2. md403

    md403 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2015
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    119
    Basic requirements for OCS/SWO https://www.navycs.com/officer/surfacewarfare.html To my understanding, they preferr STEM related majors for NROTC scholarships but they do have a few on the LERC side. Talk to your CoC at your school as well. Good luck.
     
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    7,544
    Likes Received:
    1,005
    The Navy is a technical service. Your chances of getting Advanced STanding might be better than getting a scholarship but I wouldn't think too much better. Always worth a shot I guess. In any case, uou would stand a much better chance as a Marine Option since they don't care about your major.
     
  4. NavyHoops

    NavyHoops Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2011
    Messages:
    3,089
    Likes Received:
    2,445
    If you want to be a Naval Officer you are correct tier 3 is tough to get. But you have a scholarship to cover tuition so why not walk on and try to gain advance standing? If you don't earn it, apply for OCS when you graduate.
     
  5. NavyNOLA

    NavyNOLA Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2016
    Messages:
    274
    Likes Received:
    181
    If you join an NROTC unit this fall, you're going to have to apply for the scholarship. You can't be a College Program midshipman and not be actively pursuing a scholarship (the advanced standing application isn't submitted until the summer after sophomore year). Are you going to be a true freshman this year, or are you a returning/transferring student? When you arrive in the fall, the unit will have you apply for the National scholarship (assuming you have less than 30 credit hours), due annually in January. The National is largely based on high school performance and standardized test scores, and about 85% of recipients will be Tier 1/2 applicants. The 3-year/2-year side load scholarship and advanced standing boards don't look at high school transcripts/standardized tests scores at all, and instead focus on college performance. You MUST be selected for at least advanced standing prior to the start of your junior year, or you will be disenrolled.

    Here is the selection data from the Summer 2015 Navy Side load/advanced standing board (stats are reflective of the group of individuals who were SELECTED for scholarship/advanced standing, not the entire pool of applicants; the board is national):

    3-year:
    Nominations: 303
    Selects: 66
    Avg. GPA: 3.48
    % of Recipients Calc I/II Complete: 89.4%
    % of Recipients Phys I/II Complete: 30.3%
    % of Recipients Tech Majors (Tier 1/2): 93.9%

    2-year:
    Nominations: 199
    Selects: 29
    Avg. GPA: 3.48 (not a typo, same as 3-year)
    % of Recipients Calc I/II Complete: 100%
    % of Recipients Phys I/II Complete: 82.8%
    % of Recipients Tech Majors (Tier 1/2): 89.7%

    Advanced Standing:
    Nominations: 195 (all 2-year side load non selects are automatically considered)
    Selects: 118
    Avg. GPA: 3.18
    % of Recipients Calc I/II Complete: 57.6%
    % of Recipients Phys I/II Complete: 34.7%
    % of Recipients Tech Majors (Tier 1/2): 56.8%

    So here are the big takeaways:
    -The Navy values technical majors
    -If you want to pursue a Tier 3 major, that's OK, but you need to EXCEL if you expect to earn a scholarship
    -Apply for ALL scholarship opportunities; don't just pigeonhole yourself into advanced standing
    -Calc and Phys completion and grades mean something

    Hope that helps. Good luck.
     
  6. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2010
    Messages:
    7,544
    Likes Received:
    1,005
    Just curious. Are the nomination/select numbers just Navy or do they also include Marine Options. I'm guessing just Navy but you know what happens then....
     
  7. NavyNOLA

    NavyNOLA Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2016
    Messages:
    274
    Likes Received:
    181
    That data is Navy only. Marines hold separate boards.
     

Share This Page