A great way for a high school senior or a college freshman to get a head-start on a career as a Naval officer is to enroll in a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program at a university, and there is one university in Oklahoma that offers such a program. We've broken down the perks and programs offered at the University of Oklahoma's NROTC program to give curious students a better idea of what would be expected of them, and what they can get in return.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition 2016-2017 (in-state)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Oklahoma - Norman||4-year, public||Norman, OK||$10,881||NROTC scholarship, one-on-one counselling, summer training cruises|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Navy ROTC College in Oklahoma
An NROTC program is a great step for a student to take on the path to a Navy or Marine career, with scholarship opportunities, extracurricular activities, and the chance to see new places. A student in an NROTC program, called a 'midshipman', will get a unique education in leadership, management, teamwork, and more. They'll even get a chance to wear a uniform a couple of times a week. For a student in Oklahoma interested in becoming a Naval Officer, the University of Oklahoma offers many attractive options during their military and civilian education.
University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma (OU), located in the heart of the state not far from downtown Oklahoma City, is a public university with about 28,000 students. It's the only university in the state with an NROTC program, but the school offers its midshipmen many perks that elevate it above just a token choice. Like many schools that offer NROTC programs, OU provides its midshipmen with a chance at a scholarship that will fully take care of tuition, mandatory fees, and uniforms. Student receive $375 toward books and up to a $400 per month stipend. Recipients of the scholarship will get a solid NROTC education for a tremendous discount, being responsible to pay for only room and board and living expenses.
As a midshipman, a student will be taking courses learning leadership skills and camaraderie, attending regular physical fitness drills, and generally getting a feel for military life while on-campus. Additionally, students will be completing regular college courses in addition to their NROTC commitment. To assist with academics, OU provides class advisors for each student and an active-duty Lieutenant (for Navy) or Captain (for Marines) to provide counselling and advice. But the program is not simply classroom studying and physical fitness. Midshipmen are also expected to attend the school's summer cruises, hands-on training aboard actual vessels that last two to six weeks each summer.
While on a training cruise, midshipmen will experience the down-and-dirty of Navy and Marines life, while they see the sights all over the globe in locations like California, Florida, Hawaii, Japan, Guam and Panama. The United States Navy will pay for travel expenses for these cruises and also provides a $550 per month stipend while attending, so the midshipmen won't have to worry about money and can concentrate on the training at hand.