Overview and Mission
The mission of the NROTC program is to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.
The NROTC Program at the University of Texas at Austin was established in 1940 to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. As the largest source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Program fills a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.
The NROTC Midshipman Battalion at UT has approximately 90 members. The NROTC Unit serves both the University of Texas at Austin and Huston-Tillotson University (link opens new window), and hosts students from both institutions. The relative small size of our unit enables our staff to personally help midshipmen in every way possible, from offering academic advice and tutoring, to assistance in solving everyday problems. Our unit provides a wonderful environment for camaraderie and social interaction among the midshipmen and staff.
There are several different programs within NROTC:
- Four-year Scholarships
- Two-year Scholarships
- Non-scholarship program in which the student joins the NROTC unit to work toward a scholarship and commission
The Enlisted Service Programs
Selected applicants are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits at the University of Texas. The NROTC Scholarship is available to qualified students who graduate from high school before August 1 of the year they intend to start college. Students selected for the NROTC Scholarship must make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, and take the normal course load required by the University of Texas for degree completion. Additionally, scholarship midshipmen are required to follow specific academic guidelines. For example, midshipmen are required to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA in their major.
When you arrive at the NROTC unit and the University of Texas, in addition to the normal course-load required by your degree, you will augment your education with a series of Naval Science courses designed to prepare you for a career in the Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen also learn military courtesies and protocol. Midshipmen are required to wear uniforms for weekly naval science lab periods and for battalion activities that include formal drill, military science presentations, leadership seminars, career information forums and practical sessions in naval science course work. During the summer, midshipmen take part in summer cruises. This is a unique opportunity for midshipmen to spend four to six weeks each year stationed aboard ships or submarines, with aircraft squadrons, or in the field with Marine Corps units. Summer cruises offer midshipmen an opportunity to get a taste of military life and receive information regarding future service selection in surface ships, nuclear submarines, aviation, special warfare or the Marine Corps.
Upon graduation, the NROTC student is commissioned in the Naval Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve and guaranteed a job as a manager and leader. The commission signifies completion of the first phase of a new life, and opens the door to a challenging and exciting opportunity to proudly serve your country in the Navy or Marine Corps.
As our mission states, the University of Texas NROTC program strives to develop you mentally, morally and physically during your participation in the program. We achieve our mission by providing diverse activities in a disciplined environment. A few of our activities and achievements in each of these areas are:
In the spirit of community involvement, our midshipmen participate in local charities. Our students have collected and donated thousands of dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Pediatrics AIDS League, and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Our annual fund drives and charity golf tournaments have been very successful within the Austin community. Moral development is also further enforced by placing our students in positions of responsibility within the NROTC battalion. All of our students are expected to live up to the highest ideals of honor, courage and commitment on a daily basis within the unit and the university.
While at the University of Texas, our students complete a curriculum of Naval Science courses covering a range of topics from ocean navigation to leadership. These courses are designed to give each student a basic background in the knowledge required of a junior officer. Additionally, the entire battalion comes together on a weekly basis for drill periods which provide our students the opportunity to practice and discuss those lessons. These drill periods are also utilized for career information seminars and guest speakers.
The unit provides academic counseling, tutoring and a structured study program for all students participating in the NROTC program. Our #1 priority is academic success. Historically, our students have achieved an average GPA well above the general student population even though they are taking additional courses and participating in numerous extracurricular activities.
The NROTC unit comes together at least twice per week for physical training. A normal workout includes approximately 20-30 minutes of calisthenics and stretching followed by a 2-4 mile run. The unit tries to provide an enjoyable and rigorous workout to encourage the development of lifelong habits. To evaluate the effectiveness of our training program, each student is required to pass a Physical Readiness Test (PRT), consisting of push-ups, sit-ups, and running, at the end of each semester. Typically, over 90% of our students achieve an EXCELLENT or OUTSTANDING grade on the PRT. Physical training provides our students with an outlet for some stress, as well as the camaraderie associated with succeeding as a team. In addition to the exercise sessions, we provide counseling and lectures on nutrition, physical fitness and healthy living.