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Best NROTC Programs?

MrSlapshot88MrSlapshot88 Posts: 17Registered User New Member
edited October 2006 in Naval Academy - Annapolis
What are the best NROTC schools? Which have the best training and facilities? Which schools have a good atmosphere for ROTC - meaning they are well-accepted on campus?
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  • GreatAmericanGreatAmerican Posts: 6,414Registered User Senior Member
    If you are looking for an NROTC program that is close to a service academy experience (but not the real thing) check out the programs at VMI and The Citadel. You will be hard pressed to find other universities that provide the military environment and acceptance of ROTC offered by these fine institutions.
  • ZaphodZaphod Posts: 3,905- Senior Member
    You'll have to forgive me, but....

    (Cue music....)

    Ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby.....!!

    Thank you! Thank you very much! I'm here all week! ;)

    What GA says is true. Another option is SUNY Maritime College in New York, and there is a similar school on the west coast, but I can't for the life of me remember it's name.
  • peskemompeskemom Posts: 1,049Registered User Senior Member
    Texas A&M has a dynamic ROTC program. They house all the students in their own dorms...the different service brances sometimes even drill together and many report it's the closest thing to an Academy life a regular college can offer.
  • GreatAmericanGreatAmerican Posts: 6,414Registered User Senior Member
    ...and there is a similar school on the west coast, but I can't for the life of me remember it's name.

    The school Z is referring to is The California Maritime Academy.
  • wafflebear12wafflebear12 Posts: 107Registered User Junior Member
    I was told Penn State and Notre Dame have good NROTC programs.
  • ZaphodZaphod Posts: 3,905- Senior Member
    Can't speak to Penn State, but Notre Dame definitely does.
  • boston usmcboston usmc Posts: 437Registered User Member
    I have to put in a good word for both the MIT/Harvard/Tufts Unit and the Boston University/Boston College/Northeastern Unit ("The Boston Consortium"). A lot of people have the impression that this isn't a very friendly area for the military and ROTC, but I've had no negative experiences yet, and it's really cool to be part of a small, tightly knit unit, like the MIT one. Yes, ROTC is banned from Harvard, but it's actually kind of cool to be part of a very small group of motivated individuals who represent the military to the entire academic community here. Also, if you want to go nuke, MIT is the place to be; pretty much everyone gets selected for it, and the resources for technology are amazing. The BU/BC Unit, across the river from us, is a bigger unit, and it is a very professional one. It's bigger than our unit, and BU/BC/Northeastern are great schools. Boston is amazing for college, too. Send me a PM if you want more info on either unit!
  • PackMomPackMom Posts: 7,667Registered User Senior Member
    Virginia Tech also has a Corps of Cadets that operate as a sort of separate unit within a large state u (i.e they stay in military only dorms, wear uniforms to class every day etc.)

    Have to give a plug for my S's NROTC unit...North Carolina State University (largest state u. in NC, known for engineering, school of design, agriculture, has just about every major you could think of).
    It is in the consortium with UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke but NCSU has by far the biggest(and most hardcore) unit.
    Besides the regular ROTC midshipman,NCSU has a fair number of Marines in the MECEP program in the unit. They are active duty Marines who have returned to college to get a degree and return to the Marines as officers. They give the regular midshipmen a lot of leadership and insight/advice on real military world experience. From what S tells me they are very "motivating" in PT also.
    I have never heard S say there was anything but respect for the kids in uniform on campus. There was even a large picture of S and two other midshipman lowering the flag printed in the school newspaper last spring.
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