Thoughts on FSU/ FAMU NROTC

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Naval_Gopher, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. Naval_Gopher

    Naval_Gopher Member

    Jul 30, 2014
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    Could anybody offer a decent opinion of the NROTC cross- town program between Florida State University (FSU) and Florida A&M Univ. (FAMU)? I'm hoping to go to FSU and do ROTC if USNA doesn't work out. Since I'm determined to go Navy, I'd like to know more about the quality of the NROTC unit.

    Now I know there probably isn't such thing as a "bad" ROTC unit, per say. However, I'd like to have the best path to becoming a commissioned Naval officer.

    Thank you very much for any help!
  2. cra139

    cra139 New Member

    Jan 11, 2014
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    I'm an incoming freshman enrolled at FSU that just finished new midshipmen orientation a couple of weeks ago. In general, the unit is a good unit. However, having to commute from FSU to FAMU is the downside of doing NROTC here.

    I haven't actually participated in an actual PT or lab yet since classes haven't started, but from the first impressions I got from NMO.. it's a good unit. The upper class midshipmen seem happy to be there and they're overall great guys/girls. The recent class that commissioned had a total of about 8 or 9 people? Not totally sure but it was around that amount. In my class of incoming freshman we currently have about 36 people..2 midshipmen cadets dropped out after NMO.

    Like I said earlier, the hardest part is getting back and forth from the unit. Your first semester here requires PT every MWF and lab Tuesdays and Thursdays. Parking is hassle because you have to park your car on the top floors of the garages overnight. Where my dorm is (Reynolds) I have 3 garages around me, all take about 10 minutes to get to.

    But if being a naval officer is something you're dead set on doing, then it's worth the effort. Half of my class isn't on scholarship so you're going to have to work hard to get advanced standing or a scholarship. Let me know if you have any questions!

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