Physical and Medical Requirements

Prospective midshipmen must meet all physical and medical requirements to receive scholarship benefits.

Prospective midshipmen are expected to be physically fit.  This includes meeting the Navy height/weight standards and being prepared to take the Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) or the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test (PFT) upon arrival at New Student Indoctrination (NSI) and New Student Orientation (NSO).  For Navy option midshipmen, the PRT consists of curl-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5-mile run.  For Marine Corps option midshipmen, the PFT consists of pull-ups, crunches, and a 3.0-mile run.  Recommend following the NROTC Pre-Arrival Physical Training Plan and come prepared to participate in physical training that may push your limits.

New Student Indoctrination (NSI)

High school recipients of a National Scholarship will attend a mandatory three-week New Student Indoctrination (NSI) at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois in the summer prior to the start of their freshman year.  NSI challenges midshipmen candidates mentally, morally, and physically through instruction in physical fitness, close order drill, swim qualifications, firefighting, line handling, and basic military customs, courtesies, traditions, and organization.  Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) will contact you with details and will determine which NSI cycle you will attend.  Round trip flight arrangements will be made from your home of record.  See the following video to see what NSI is about.

College freshmen who are awarded a National Scholarship will attend NSI in the summer prior to their sophomore year.  At the discretion of the Professor of Naval Science, high school graduates who apply for the College Program on or before May 1st may have the option to attend NSI prior to their freshmen year of college.  College Program midshipmen who have not attended NSI should expect to attend after their freshman year.  College Program midshipmen candidates who excel at NSI may have the opportunity to earn a scholarship from Scholarship midshipmen who drop from the program.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

Prior to the start of the school in the fall, OSU Naval ROTC will hold New Student Orientation (NSO) for all Scholarship and College Program midshipmen during OSU’s Welcome Week.  The purpose of NSO is to provide midshipmen with the information and tools they need to be successful at OSU and in the Naval ROTC program.

All incoming candidates will receive an information packet prior to arriving for NSO.  DO NOT sign documents until you are instructed to do so during NSO.  Print and review the NSO Gear list to ensure that you have everything you will need to participate in program.  Mark all gear with candidate's last name, prior to arrival at the Naval ROTC Armory quarterdeck.

New students should be prepared to pay $140, for taffrail dues, on the first day of matriculation to Oregon State University. Please note that the Beaver Battalion taffrail dues are payable to NROTC Midshipman Taffrail. These dues cover the cost of a unit polo shirt, battalion fees for formal events and for the annual Northwest Navy competition.

Naval Science Minor

Minor codes and course requirements:

  • 811 - US Marine Corps
  • 812 - US Navy

To complete a minor in Naval Science (NS) and commission as an officer, NS Courses are taken in addition to your major degree.  Declaring one of the Naval Science minors is mandatory.  Be sure to submit the minor code for your military option at the Office of the Registrar before classes begin.