The Department of Naval Science develops future officers mentally, morally, and physically, and instills in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers. These students will possess a basic professional background, will be motivated toward careers in the Naval Service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.
The general requirements for enrollment in the NROTC are:
- Be a United States citizen or national;
- Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic or to taking an oath to perform such acts;
- Be at least 17 years of age on or before 1 September of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years of age on 31 December of the year an applicant expects to graduate, complete all NROTC training requirements, and be commissioned. Those with prior or current active duty in the Armed Forces may be granted age waiver equal to the number of months served. Those granted the maximum age waiver must not have reached their 30th birthday by 31 December of the year graduation and commissioning are anticipated;
- Meet physical requirements;
- Possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate;
- Be accepted for admission as a full-time student at the University of Memphis.
National Four-Year Scholarship
Recipients of National Four-Year scholarships are selected from applicants through a national competition. Applicants apply for either Navy Option or Marine option and selectees are appointed midshipmen in either the United States Naval Reserve (USNR) or United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR), as appropriate. Selectees also are granted the compensation and benefits authorized by law and current policy not to exceed four years (40 months or 50 months with approved fifth year benefits). During this period, the government pays for college tuition, authorized fees, a textbook stipend, a subsistence allowance as prescribed by law and Navy policy, and provides uniforms or compensation in lieu.
The College Program is an alternative route into the NROTC program, and is for individuals who were not selected for a national scholarship or who did not apply for a national scholarship. Individuals can apply for the College Program at anytime. College Program students receive no monetary benefit from being in the program, but are given all uniforms.