NROTC and JROTC

Is it required (/highly recommended) that you participate in JROTC in high school to be selected for the NROTC unit in college or to be selected for the scholarship? I ask because a friend who goes to a high school with JROTC told me this is what she had been led to believe, but my school does not offer any JROTC program.
 
Is it required (/highly recommended) that you participate in JROTC in high school to be selected for the NROTC unit in college or to be selected for the scholarship? I ask because a friend who goes to a high school with JROTC told me this is what she had been led to believe, but my school does not offer any JROTC program.
You don't have to do JROTC, the application is open to anyone who qualifies. I recommend checking the NROTC web page, the requirements will be listed there. If you want to just be a part of the college program (without a scholarship), you should check the website of the NROTC Unit that's particular to the college you're looking at.
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
No, it is not required. Majority of schools don't have JROTC. To be a competitive applicant for ROTC scholarship or SA, grades in the hardest classes, test scores, leadership, volunteerism, sports, etc. if you are in college and competing for a scholarship or advanced standing... PT, performance, grades, participation, leadership, etc.
 
Is it required (/highly recommended) that you participate in JROTC in high school to be selected for the NROTC unit in college or to be selected for the scholarship? I ask because a friend who goes to a high school with JROTC told me this is what she had been led to believe, but my school does not offer any JROTC program.
You don't have to do JROTC, the application is open to anyone who qualifies. I recommend checking the NROTC web page, the requirements will be listed there. If you want to just be a part of the college program (without a scholarship), you should check the website of the NROTC Unit that's particular to the college you're looking at.
My school's website doesn't have too much about the program for non-scholarship students. I had to call to even find the application (not sure if this is normal). Appreciate the info!
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
There is no difference in the program for scholarship vs non-scholarship students other than 2 things:
1. Financial benefits for scholarship holders
2. Non-scholarship students cannot attend summer training
Other than that everything is the same... so just look for info about the program and you've found what you're looking for.

Further I would say not only that JROTC is NOT required, but most NROTC participants have not participated in JROTC... and those who do don't admit it. Just as no one cares what college you attended after you commission... no one in NROTC cares if you did JROTC and they sure don't want to hear about it if you did do it... makes you sound arrogant. That being said JROTC can give you a leg up on the first weeks of NROTC but after that (if not sooner) the field is level.
 
What grade are you currently in? Since you're interested in NROTC you could consider searching for a Sea Cadet program in your area. It is not in school, but outside of school. There are great leadership opportunities and it gives a good glimpse into Navy and Marines.

http://www.seacadets.org/
 

Dadof2

Member
no one in NROTC cares if you did JROTC and they sure don't want to hear about it if you did do it... makes you sound arrogant.
^^Totally agree with this whether headed to a SA or ROTC unit. I say that with no disrespect to JROTC programs - which are great programs. Whether it's JROTC, Eagle scout, Seacadets, etc. once you get to a SA or ROTC unit everyone there deserves to be there based on their own unique journey and no one path there was better than another. Be humble, work hard, and lend a hand to those who could use it. That is going to make you more successful.
 
Hi! My area didn't have JROTC, so I applied to NROTC, and got it, with Tier 3. Not being apart of JROTC didn't hinder me at all, I wouldn't be worried at all.
 
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