Posted by: Jacqui Murray | April 23, 2012

4 Ways to Become an Officer

There are four common ways to become a Naval Officer:

future officer

Future Officer and her Congressman

  • USNA–many posts on this blog deal with that approach
  • NROTC–you must receive an NROTC scholarship, be accepted into a college or University that has an NROTC program, graduate and be commissioned into one of the Naval services. High school juniors may apply for an ROTC scholarship in the Air Force, Army or Navy. If successful, this award will pay for college tuition at the college or University of your choice that has an ROTC program. Upon graduation, students are commissioned into one of the armed services. This accounts for about 44% of officers.
  • take the ASVAB (read more about that here), enlist, and be selected to become an officer through the Seaman to Admirals program (read more about that here). You are given three years to complete a Bachelors Degree and then are commissioned as an Officer
  • Graduate with a degree and join the Officer Corps–you must first attend a 12-week Officer Candidate School, and then select one of thirteen fields (from Nuclear to Surface Warfare to Attorney) to be trained in and serve as

Kuddos to the Navy for offering so many options for success in their ranks.

Jacqui Murrayis the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wroteBuilding a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller for her agent that should be out this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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  1. MIT has the NROTC program, as well as all the other branches of the ROTC. I drive past their building every morning on my way into work – it always gives me a smile to see the uniformed folks walking up and down the road. Very admirable. You’re right too – it’s wonderful that the Navy offers such a variety of ways for candidates to become Officers.


    • I didn’t know they had one. Interesting. I wonder what service those guys end up in.


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