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Preparing for Rookdom

  • Rook Packing List +


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    Rooks must arrive on Rook Arrival day wearing the following items:

    • Khaki pants, tan (chino-style): example
    • Belt, conservative, plain buckle: example
    • White crew neck short sleeve t-shirt (no pockets)
    • White, short sleeved dress shirt, plain without pattern, button or non-button down collar: example
    • Athletic footwear (sneakers) with crew length white socks

    Note: Rooks authorized to arrive before Rook arrival day may arrive in appropriate civilian attire, but will need the above items to wear on Rook arrival day.


    Rooks must have the following items upon arrival on Rook Arrival day:

      • Proof of identification (see information below)
      • 2 pair tan military-style, laced up combat boots*
      • 1 pair black military-style dress shoes*

    - Be sure to break in the shoes and boots over the summer!
    - Do not submerse the combat boots in water to break them in.

      • 10 white crew-neck T-shirts (no V neck or pockets)
      • 10 pair black dress socks
      • 5 pair dark color boot socks
      • 10 pair all white athletic socks (crew length with no logo above the heel)

    * Related Article: Rooks: What to Bring


    • 3 black/white sports briefs or compression shorts (logo on waistband is fine)
    • 10 pair white briefs or boxers (white with logo on waistband is fine)


    • 10 white or beige bras/sports bras (logo appearing is fine)
    • 10 pair white or beige underwear (white with logo on band is fine)
    • Barrettes/elastics to match to hair color; no fabric or scrunchies
    • Sock or mesh bun to match hair color
    • Bobby pins: required only if hair is below collar length
    • Hair spray or gel (example: L.A. Looks Sport Gel)
    • 1 sports bathing suit, one-piece, navy or black color (acceptable with conservative accent stripes)


    If you already own a set of business attire bring it. Rooks who intend to play varsity athletics and make the travel team are required to wear business attire for away competitions. Some professors require business attire for presentations or class trips; however, it’s not necessary to purchase business attire for arrival day. Rooks will be notified in class by their professor with sufficient time to acquire such.

    • For males: sport coat, dress shirt, tie, dress pants, dress belt, civilian dress shoes.
    • For females: business suit, appropriate blouse, skirt/conservative stockings or slacks, civilian dress shoes.


    The following items are required upon arrival to campus:

    • Norwich computer account name and password information
    • FAFSA pin number (as applicable)
    • Prescribed medicines as annotated on required medical form by Admissions
    • Prescribed eyeglasses and/or contact lenses and solutions
    • Toiletry items (deodorant, soap/shampoo, tooth brush/paste, shaving cream/razor plain/electric, tissue packs, etc.)
    • Hangers, 25 minimum – Plastic (black or white) or wooden
    • Shoe polishing kit for Rooks who desire leather shoes requiring polish (black polish, cotton balls, shoe brush, cloth). Kit available at the Cadet Uniform Store.

    Required and available for purchase at the University Bookstore:

    • Laundry soap, static cling sheets
    • Sewing kit and scissors
    • 1 table alarm clock (no clock radios)
    • All purpose cleaner
    • School supplies (paper, scissors, stapler, tape, ruler, paperclips, folders, etc.)
    • Sheet protectors, clear, 8x11 inch (minimum 1 dozen)
    • Ball point pens (black ink)
    • Black fine point permanent marker (Sharpie brand ideal)
    • 5 dry-erase markers (black only, fine point)
    • Thumb/Flash drive
    • Masking tape, easy peal type (3/4 inch)
    • Surge Protector - 3 Prong-UL listed
    • Padlock
    • Cleaning rags
    • Spray bottle
    • Quarters for laundry or money on the Cadet Cash Card ($1.75 each for wash/dry loads).

    Required and available for purchase after arrival at the Uniform Store:

    • Book bag or transport pack, black, conservative. (Brand available at our Uniform Store is Rothco Transport Pack – size large).
    • 1 wristwatch (inexpensive, conservative color required; water resistant recommended)
    • 1 flat iron
    • 1 ironing board, floor model
    • Broom and dust pan


    We recommend freshmen use the basic University linen service; however, if you are NOT planning to use the linen service, you will need to bring:

    • 1 pillow, standard size (1 provided with linen service.)
    • 4 white sheets, twin size, standard, flat not fitted (4 provided with linen service)
    • 2 white pillowcases (2 provided with linen service)
    • 4 white towels, bath size (6 provided with linen service)
    • 5 white washcloths (NONE provided with linen service)


    • Cell phone - for travel purposes to/from campus and weekly phone calls. However, cell phone use is restricted during the Rook training period.
    • Desktop or laptop computer - visit the Computer Services page for information
    • Ethernet Cord (minimum 5 ft., no longer than 20 ft.)
    • Scientific Calculator
    • Desk lamp
    • Fan, personal, desk size
    • 3x5 Index Cards, lined
    • Manicure kit/nail clippers
    • Multi-purpose tool (knife blade may not exceed 3 inches)
    • Extra pair of running shoes
    • Thermal underwear (available at Cadet Uniform Store)
    • Sports equipment for varsity/club sports
    • Yaktrax or similar, boot size, for navigating during the winter ice season on/off campus
    • Rooks serving in the National Guard or Reserves may bring equipment and uniforms required for weekend drill
    • Limited cash with access to a debit account. ATM available in the Wise Campus Center.
    • Quarters for laundry or money on the Cadet Cash Card ($1.75 for each wash and dry cycle). Change machine available in the Wise Campus Center.


    All Rooks will receive a photo ID during Rook Arrival Day in-processing. A second form of photo ID is recommended.

    At a minimum, all ROTC branches will need an original/certified Certificate of Birth and original Social Security Card or proof of citizenship. Copies of these documents will be made and originals returned to the individual. Specific ROTC branches will contact students prior to arrival if more information is needed. For questions, contact appropriate ROTC office: Army 802-485-2480, Air Force 802-485-2460, Naval 802-485-2185.

    Individuals hired for employment by Norwich as work study or non-work study, applicants must have a current U.S. Passport /Passport Card OR a NU Student ID/Driver’s License and one of these originals: Social Security Card/Certificate of Birth/U.S. Citizen ID Card (Form I-197). For questions contact Human Resources Office at 802-485-2075.

    Passports are not required, but Rooks interested in travelling abroad for service learning or possible military training opportunities, will need a passport. Rooks are not authorized to study abroad during their Rook year, but are encouraged to do so as an upperclassman. Some varsity team will travel to Canada and Rook athletes selected to travel will need a U.S. Passport or state issued enhanced drivers license.




    The following items Rooks ARE NOT allowed to bring upon arrival:

    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Bedspreads/blankets
    • Backpacks (except what is required)
    • Bicycles, skateboards, etc.
    • Civilian clothing (except what is required)
    • Computer games
    • Desk blotters
    • Electrical devices or cooking appliances
    • Food, candy, gum (Care packages, shoe box size, with healthy items, are allowed after Rook Week)
    • Expensive items
    • Illegal drugs or steroids
    • Music CDs
    • Stereos, CD players, iPods, GoPro
    • Plants
    • Plastic shelves/crates, posters, framed pictures
    • Rugs or doormats
    • Live or stuffed animals
    • Television
    • Tobacco products of any kind, to include e-cigarettes or similar devices
    • Wastebaskets
    • Knives (with blade no greater than 3 inches)
    • Weapons


    During extended breaks, Norwich does NOT provide free transportation to and from the Burlington International Airport or to the bus or train terminals in Montpelier, Vt. Green Cab VT is one taxi resource, reachable via or 1 (802) 864-2424. Shuttle service for transportation is available for a fee via There is NO transportation to Boston, Mass. or Manchester, N.H. Airports. The Dartmouth Coach is a resource to Boston and NYC airports via


    Office of the Commandant
    Monday – Friday
    1 (802) 485-2135
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    Computer Services Helpdesk
    Monday – Friday
    1 (802) 485-2456
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    Cadet Uniform Store
    Monday – Friday
    1 (802) 485-2206
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    Cadet$Card Office
    Monday – Friday
    1 (802) 485-2840
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    University Bookstore
    Monday – Friday (Summer)
    1 (802) 485-2200
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    Rooks will be issued the following uniforms and equipment upon arrival, during Rook week and during the fall semester:

    Issued in their Rook Kit upon arrival:

    • Footlocker
    • Rook Book
    • Rook Cap
    • Nevr-Dull
    • Lanyard
    • Notebook
    • Trash Can
    • Hydration System
    • Cleaning Kit
    • Gold Blanket
    • Maroon Blanket
    • Leather Belt
    • Brass Buckle
    • Rigger Belt
    • Reflective Belt
    • NU Uniform Insignia
    • White Name Tag
    • ACU Name Tapes
    • Boot Bands
    • Shirt Stays
    • Robe
    • Shower Shoes
    • ACU Shirts
    • ACU Trousers
    • ACU T-Shirts
    • Running Suit
    • PT T-Shirts
    • PT Running Shorts

    Issued during Rook week:

    • S/S White Shirts
    • Garrison Cap
    • White Service Cover
    • Gray Service Cover
    • ACU Cover
    • Cadet Windbreaker
    • Tunic
    • Gray Trousers
    • Black Rain Jacket
    • Black Gloves w/Liner
    • Laundry Bag

    Issued during the fall semester:

    • Coatee
    • White Trousers
    • Fleece Jacket
    • White Suspenders
    • Long Sleeve / Short Sleeve Black Shirts
    • White Gloves

    NOTE: All Rook issue items may not be available for immediate distribution.

    Cadet Uniform Policy

    The Cadet Uniform Fee for incoming Rooks in 2018 will be $2,235.00.

    If a student leaves the Corps of Cadets (either to leave Norwich University or transfer to the civilian lifestyle) he or she is still responsible for meeting this uniform fee obligation.

    The Uniform Store will give a student full credit for items not yet issued. However, no credit will be given for any items special ordered for the cadet (for example-name tags, tapes) or items of a personal nature (for example- bathrobe, shower shoes, blankets).Any items that have been issued to the cadet may be considered for a partial credit from the uniform store. Rebates on these items are up to the discretion of the Uniform Store Manager.

    The tunic and coatee pieces of the uniform are property of the University and must be returned to the Cadet Uniform Store when a Cadet leaves the Corps, the University or graduates.

    Should the cadet withdraw from the Corps of Cadets or require a transcript, the full cost of the uniform, to include both the billed cost and the remaining unbilled cost of the uniform (less any approved refunds) will be applied to the student’s account and must be paid. There is an automatic hold on transcripts for any student whose student account is not paid in full.

    If you have any questions regarding the Cadet Uniform policy please contact the Uniform Store at (802) 485-2206 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you have any questions regarding the billing process please contact the Bursar’s Office at (802) 485-2055 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Thank you in advance for your consideration with his matter.

  • Recommended Boots and Dress Shoes +


    Dress Shoes must be plain black leather or patent leather military style. The shoes will have a non- contrasting sole and normal standard heel. Rubber soles are recommended due to the climate in Vermont. Shoes are not allowed to have a toe cap or stitching across the toe and may not be slip-on in style. Our recommended dress shoe is the Bates Low Quarter Oxford.


    Boots must be a tan military-style combat boots, 8” Field Boot. No side zippers, No Air Force Sage boots, No Marine Corps Olive boots allowed.

    There are three style boots that we, at the Uniform Store, recommend for incoming rooks based on experience and testing. With our experience we feel that a temperate (gortex) or a summer boot are the best for the initial months and the Rook should look into winter boots after some time in the colder weather.


    • Unlined
    • Lightweight
    • Quick-drying
    • Feet stay cooler
    • Not waterproof


    • Waterproof Liner
    • Slightly warmer
    • Sole better for winter months
    • Takes longer to dry


    • Waterproof Liner
    • Insulated
    • Sole better for winter months
    • Takes longer to dry
    • Feet may sweat in warmer environments

    Recruits with questions, or having difficulty finding the correct boot or shoe, should contact the Cadet Uniform Store at 802-485-2206

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Physical Fitness

  • Fitness Resources +

    Norwich University Corps of Cadets follows the Army Basic Training Physical Fitness Test (PFT), a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is used to measure a your physical strenghs, abilities, and cardio-respiratory fitness.

    It is recommended that you start your training as soon as you can before arriving to Norwich University for Rook week. Being in the top physical and mental shape will help enhance your experience and lead your fellow rooks together as a team.

    The following resources are suggested guidelines on ways to prepare for the PFT:

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