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Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps



Experience adventure and see the world by sea.

By pursuing Naval ROTC, either the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps track, you’ll prepare explore oceans, push your limits and achieve things that you never thought possible, whether ships, submarines or planes. You’ll learn from top-flight commanders and mentors (Norwich’s NROTC officers come wide range of communities and have deployed around the world). You’ll prepare to enter Navy’s unrestricted line, Navy Nurse Corps and U.S. Marine Corps, be part of something greater than yourselves, keep America safe. You’ll also make lifelong friends and poise yourself to succeed in any life path you follow. All you need to do is join.

Naval ROTC

 Navy Option


Students selected to commission through the NROTC program can influence their professional future through their career selection process. Navy option midshipmen may request their occupational designation: surface warfare officer (SWO), submarine warfare officer, special warfare officer (EOD or SEALs), Naval aviator, and Naval flight officer. Navy option midshipmen will be assigned a designator during their senior year. Upon commissioning, they will begin the training pipeline for their assigned designator.

A select few individuals annually receive the opportunity to become a Nurse Corps officer through selection for the highly competitive Nursing Scholarship, awarded during the senior year of high school.

Marine Option

Navy ROTC Marine Option

The Marine Corps program is designed to instill the ethos of Marine first and job second. All Marine option midshipmen upon commissioning are designated as ground officers or aviation officers. All ground officers will have the opportunity to earn a designation of their choice into combat arms, combat service support, and aviation support while they attend the Basic School in Quantico, Virginia.

ROTC participants interested in serving as Marine aviators will have the opportunity to earn their designation before commissioning. To qualify, they must pass the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) and an aviation physical.

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  • Scholarships are merit-based, therefore students pursuing a technical major tend to receive priority in the selection process. With a variety of technical majors, and our DoD-sponsored Cyber Institute, Norwich will help you achieve your goals.

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  • The ROTC programs are integrated with the Corps of Cadets. Membership in the Corps of Cadets is required to contract and pursue an ROTC commission.

    The Corps of Cadets Progressive Leadership and Service Model at Norwich University stands out. We understand you’re not like everyone else. You don’t just settle. Instead you want your college experience to be more than a seat in a classroom. You seek challenge and the opportunity to grow as a leader, to mentally and physically push yourself.

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  • Every year the Semper Fidelis Society puts on the Walter N. Levy Challenge, a 6.5-mile endurance course spread out over the Norwich Campus, Paine Mountain, and the Dog River. The event raises money for the Semper Fi and Americas Fund, a non-profit that serves service members, veterans, and their families.

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Meet our Cadets and Graduates

  • Jack Brennan ’23, environmental science major

    Jack Brennan ’23, environmental science major

    "I wanted to come to Norwich and join the U.S. Marine Corps to be a part of something bigger than myself. I wanted to build a good foundation so that I can give back to my community and my country. The Norwich NROTC Battalion has pushed me to become a more confident and competent leader so that I achieve those goals to the best of my ability, and one day, lead Marines."
  • Ryan Litch ’23, mechanical engineering major

    "From a very young age, I had a love for the U.S. Navy. I chose to come to Norwich and its NROTC unit because I knew it was unparalleled by any other. The level of training and knowledge I have received from this program has done a great job of preparing me for the fleet thus far. If you are looking to challenge and set yourself apart from others, NROTC at Norwich is the right place to do it."
  • Sebastian Martin ’22

    “Following graduation and commissioning, I will be attending Basic Division Officer Course and Junior Officer of the Deck schools to learn ship handling and seamanship. Afterward, I go to Yokosuka, Japan, to serve as a surface warfare officer on the USS Blue Ridge LCC-19, an amphibious command ship for all of Seventh Fleet. After qualifying as officer of the deck (OOD) onboard, I will be laterally transferring to designator 1810, cryptologic warfare officer. This highly selective community specializes in cryptology, space, signals intelligence, cyberspace operations and electronic warfare to achieve global military objectives. ”
  • Jasmine Wilkerson ’23, architecture major

    "When applying for colleges, Norwich's appeal came from its ability to balance life within the Corps of Cadets while also participating in an ROTC, all within a climate with which I was unfamiliar. The Naval battalion (in conjunction with the Corps) has not only given me opportunities to develop my leadership skills, but has also shown me what options are available career-wise while in the service and once I leave the service."
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The only way to truly know if Norwich is for you is to experience it for yourself. So come explore our campus, talk with faculty, meet our students, and see for yourself how ROTC makes the most of beautiful Vermont.

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Not sure which service branch you are interested in, need help determining if Norwich is the right fit, or confused by what ROTC offers you, reach out to one of our dedicated Norwich Admission Counselors.

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Whatever you think you're capable of, you can achieve here—and more. Learn how a Norwich education prepares you to lead in a career you love.

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Navy & Marines Reserve Officers' Training Corps


Jackman Hall, Room 103



LT Andrew Kline
NROTC Nuclear Power Officer
1 (802) 485-2193 or


Capt Edward Pingel
NROTC Marine Officer Instructor
1 (802) 485-2194 or

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