Naval ROTC


The mission of the Naval ROTC Unit is to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission them as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service and have a potential for future development in mind and character and are prepared to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

The Naval ROTC Unit provides two programs in which Cadets may enroll, US Navy or US Marine Corps. Successful completion of the Naval ROTC curriculum will satisfy VMI's military requirements for graduation and will lead to a wide variety of career and reserve opportunities in the Navy and Marine Corps. 

The NROTC Unit at VMI is one of four NROTC units in Virginia and 77 nationwide, merging the finest traditions of VMI and the Naval Service.


The primary goals of the NROTC program are to provide students with: 

  • an understanding of the fundamental concepts of naval science;
  • a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge;
  • an appreciation of the requirements for national security;
  • a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility;
  • an educational background which will allow them to successfully undertake, in later periods of their careers, advanced/continuing education in fields of application and interest to the naval service; and 
  • a high state of physical fitness for the purpose of health and performance



I am accountable for my professional and personal behavior. I will be mindful of the privilege I have to serve my fellow Americans.


The value that gives me the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of temptation or adversity.


The day-to-day duty of every man and woman in the Department of the Navy is to join together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.


There are three programs available to qualified Virginia Military Institute cadets:

  • National ROTC Scholarship Program
  • NROTC Sideload Scholarship
  • College Program (Advanced Standing), USN/USMC

NROTC programs require application separate from the VMI application and have enrollment requirements beyond the baseline for acceptance to the Institute. Midshipmen are provided different financial assistance and monetary allowances dependent on the program into which they are enrolled. Additionally, midshipmen are required to complete the entire academic program specified by NROTC in addition to VMI academic requirements.


NAVAL ROTC Unit History and Notable Alumni

The Naval ROTC Unit was established at VMI on 1 July 1974. NROTC classes commenced with the beginning of the school term in August 1974.

The establishment of the VMI NROTC Unit is a continuation of the long-standing tradition of mutual respect and service between VMI and the Naval service, especially the U.S. Marine Corps.


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