Posted by: Jacqui Murray | February 6, 2015

4 Paths to a Naval Officer

There are four common ways to become a Naval Officer:

  • future officerUSNA–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

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


Jacqui Murray is the author of dozens of books (on technology in education) as well as the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. In her free time, she is  editor of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education which you can find on Structured Learning (a collaborative publisher).

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