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Rooks must arrive on Rook Arrival day wearing the following items:
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:
- Be sure to break in the shoes and boots over the summer!
- Do not submerse the combat boots in water to break them in.
* Related Article: Rooks: What to Bring
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.
The following items are required upon arrival to campus:
Required and available for purchase at the University Bookstore:
Required and available for purchase after arrival at the Uniform Store:
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:
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:
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 www.greencabvt.com or 1 (802) 864-2424. Shuttle service for transportation is available for a fee via www.vermonttourandcharter.com/norwich. There is NO transportation to Boston, Mass. or Manchester, N.H. Airports. The Dartmouth Coach is a resource to Boston and NYC airports via https://dartmouthcoach.com/.
Office of the Commandant
Monday – Friday
1 (802) 485-2135
Computer Services Helpdesk
Monday – Friday
1 (802) 485-2456
Cadet Uniform Store
Monday – Friday
1 (802) 485-2206
Monday – Friday
1 (802) 485-2840
Monday – Friday (Summer)
1 (802) 485-2200
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:
Issued during Rook week:
Issued during the fall semester:
NOTE: All Rook issue items may not be available for immediate distribution.
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.
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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.
Recruits with questions, or having difficulty finding the correct boot or shoe, should contact the Cadet Uniform Store at 802-485-2206
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: