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 forearm push-ups, forearm planks, and a 1.5-mile run.  For Marine Corps option midshipmen, the PFT consists of pull-ups, forearm planks, 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. Another great reference for Navy strength, endurance, and nutrition apps is in the App Locker.

New Student Indoctrination (NSI)

New Student Indoctrination (NSI) is a three week course held at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois the summer prior to students' freshman year.

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.  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 Unit quarterdeck.

New students should be prepared to pay $90, 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 for midshipmen.  Be sure to submit the minor code for your military option at the Office of the Registrar before classes begin. 

Applying for a minor is generally accomplished when registering for a major, but if you’ve already declared your major, you can add the minor by filling out this declaration form and forwarding it to our Administrative Program Assistant at [email protected] , who will sign as Advisor and submit it for you.