Naval Science

Yale NROTC midshipmen are required to complete the course of study prescribed by their Yale degree program and enroll in one Naval Science course each term in addition to other NROTC-specific academic requirements. Midshipmen must enroll in Naval Science Laboratory (NAVY 100), where they are exposed to formal drill, military science presentations, guest lecturers, and practical sessions in Naval Science course work. They are also required to wear their uniforms to their weekly Naval Science Lab and other battalion activities.

Participating in the NROTC program does not preclude involvement in other campus or community organizations, sports, or activities. On average, we expect midshipmen to devote approximately five to six hours a week to the NROTC program. Each term, this includes:

  • One Naval Science course
  • One Navy Science Laboratory
  • Physical training once per week
  • Optional extracurricular activities such as Drill Team/Color Guard

During the summer, midshipmen take part in summer training cruises aboard ships or submarines, with aircraft squadrons, or in the field with Marine Corps units. Midshipmen have found their summer cruise experiences very rewarding. In addition to the hands-on training opportunities alongside Sailors and Marines, midshipmen gain valuable insight regarding future service assignments.

New Student Orientation (NSO) NSO will take place August 14—August 19, 2017. Incoming first-year students will report to the Yale NROTC unit on the morning of August 14. They will be transported from the unit to the Naval Station in Newport, RI to begin their five-day training experience. This period of instruction focuses on military orientation practices and topics such as drill, uniform wear, core values, customs and courtesies, chain of command, and inspections. Professional training on Naval operations, service selection, drug and alcohol policies, and equal opportunity/sexual harassment policies helps to create the foundation upon which four more years of professional training will be built. Attendance at First-year Orientation is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged. If students also wish to participate in Yale's First-Year Outdoor Orientation Trips (FOOT), NSO will conclude prior to FOOT's commencement to allow participation in both.

For additional information about the NROTC program at Yale, visit the Yale University NROTC Website, or send questions to Information about the NROTC program in general is available on the National NROTC Website.