Tier 3

Dwizzle

Member
In NROTC, specifically Navy Option, are tier 3 majors out of place at all or at a disadvantage? I am considering majoring in Security and Intelligence which falls under International Relations, and then minoring in a critical language. I know people might say to join AROTC or do Marine Option because they don't necessarily care about major, but I am really committed to being a Naval Officer, except I am not all that into STEM.
 
Hello, I was selected for tier 3 this year. IT IS POSSIBLE! But with that said, it's much harder to get a 4 year... but not impossible!
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
In NROTC, specifically Navy Option, are tier 3 majors out of place at all or at a disadvantage? I am considering majoring in Security and Intelligence which falls under International Relations, and then minoring in a critical language. I know people might say to join AROTC or do Marine Option because they don't necessarily care about major, but I am really committed to being a Naval Officer, except I am not all that into STEM.
Tier 3 majors are certainly not out of place or at a disadvantage. They have all the same leadership and training opportunities as anyone else. The only disadvantage I'm aware of is in getting a 4 year scholarship. There were a few folks in DS's class year in NROTC who were majoring in International Relations.
 

Dwizzle

Member
That is reassuring. I was hoping that I wouldn't go into NROTC and be surrounded by a bunch of STEM majors and then either be looked down upon for not being as technically inclined as them or not be given the same opportunities simply because I chose to do something other than STEM.
 

5Day

Member
Yes, you will be surrounded by a bunch of STEM majors (about 85%), and you will get the typical jealousy when they razz you that your courses are soooo much easier. But that has nothing to do with NROTC.
But seriously, you will find that you will have much more in common with your fellow midshipmen just by the nature of the program and not being a STEM major will have no impact.
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
That is reassuring. I was hoping that I wouldn't go into NROTC and be surrounded by a bunch of STEM majors and then either be looked down upon for not being as technically inclined as them or not be given the same opportunities simply because I chose to do something other than STEM.
You do know that, although you needn't be a STEM major, you will need to take two semesters of Calculus and two semesters of Calculus based Physics, right? Just want to make sure you're aware.
 

Dwizzle

Member
Yeah I'm aware. I'm currently in AP Calculus and AP Physics right now and I am doing fine in them, but I just don't enjoy them all that much.
 

Dwizzle

Member
If I major in IR and a language, would there be any reason to apply for LREC again? Like what exactly would differ by being in LREC and also doing IR and a language?
 

NavyNOLA

Member
If I major in IR and a language, would there be any reason to apply for LREC again? Like what exactly would differ by being in LREC and also doing IR and a language?
Well the benefit in checking yes to the LREC button on the scholarship app is it opens a opportunity to earn an LREC scholarship, whereas you otherwise wouldn't be competing for it. So, if you have an interest in a language, it's certainly recommended. You're welcome to try and double major in IR as well, but the LREC program will require you to pursue a language or cultural region as the primary path; the Navy won't care about the IR side of things. If you really don't want to be restricted, don't apply as LREC.
 

Dwizzle

Member
I read before that by doing LREC, the Navy will have you in a database and you will be considered an expert in your language/region, meaning they can call upon your expertise when needed. Is this true?
 

NavyNOLA

Member
I read before that by doing LREC, the Navy will have you in a database and you will be considered an expert in your language/region, meaning they can call upon your expertise when needed. Is this true?
Yeah no.....it's just a bachelors degree, not a PhD......you can however take a language proficiency test and have your fluency documented, which will possibly enable you to pursue certain opportunities in the future.
 

Dwizzle

Member
Haha thank you for confirming that. If I have learned anything, it's to not believe everything you see on the internet.
 
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