Naval Science

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the United States Navy (unrestricted line) or in the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program fills a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

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 Navy 100, Naval Science Laboratory, 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 ten to twelve hours a week to the NROTC program. Each term, this includes:

  • One Naval Science course
  • Navy 100, Navy Science Laboratory
  • Physical training one to three times per week
  • 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.

Freshmen orientation will take place August 15—August 20, 2016. Students should report to the Yale NROTC unit on August 15. They will be transported from the unit to the Naval Station in Newport, RI to begin their weeklong 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 Freshmen Orientation is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged.

For additional information about the NROTC program at Yale, visit the Yale Naval ROTC Web site, or send questions to Information about the NROTC program in general is available on the national Naval ROTC Web site.