READY TO GET UNDERWAY:
To prepare Cadets for selection to as Coast Guard officer, Norwich University offers the following recommendations
— Join the Coast Guard Auxiliary University Program (AUP) - check out the USCG AUP Website
— Join the Norwich University Corps of Cadets. Corps membership will provide you with:
- Leadership opportunities
- Military lifestyle familiarity
- Physical training
- Eligibility to apply for commissioning through the Direct Commission Selected School program
— Select Naval ROTC for your ROTC affiliation to attend classes closely related Coast Guard-required skills:
- Freshman year: NS 121 Introduction to Naval Science, 122 Sea Power and Maritime Affairs
- Sophomore year: NS 221 Leadership and management, 222 Navigation
- Junior year: NS 321 (recommended) Naval Ship Systems (naval engineering and propulsion), 322 (optional) Naval Ship Systems (weapons).
- Senior year: NS 421 (optional) Naval Operations and Seamanship, 422 (optional) Leadership and Ethics
— Join Norwich University’s Semper Paratus Society to engage with other students on campus with Coast Guard passions:
- Coast Guard-specific knowledge
- Coast Guard-specific PT
TWO OPTIONS TO COMMISSION IN THE COAST GUARD:
U.S. Coast Guard Direct Commission Selected School Program (DCSS)
Seniors in Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets may apply for a Coast Guard commission through the Coast Guard’s Direct Commission Selected School Program.
For details and program requirements: https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/direct-commission-selected-school-dcss-program.
U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS)
Norwich University seniors may apply to attend U.S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School; if they’re selected, they’d attend Officer Candidate School after graduation.
For details and program requirements: https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/officer-candidate-school-ocs.