O&I is not designed as a screening or evaluation. It is used to introduce you to the NROTC unit and to military customs and courtesies, and to promote a sense of class camaraderie with your contemporaries. It also instills a mindset for professional and academic excellence. We will challenge you both mentally and physically. A positive attitude and good level of physical fitness are essential for success.

The O&I program will include:

• Introduction to physical fitness, physical fitness training, and risk reduction training
• Classes on the following subjects:
• NROTC Unit and Battalion structure/Chain of Command
• Enhancing your academic experience
• Military courtesy and close-order drill
• Safety at home, during recreational activities, and while driving
• Drug and alcohol awareness/training
• Navy and Marine Corps Core Values, Honor Code
• Study Habits
• Uniform wear, preparation and maintenance
• Individual counseling with Class Advisor and Academic Advisor
• Swim test and Physical Readiness Test (USN) or Physical Fitness Test (USMC).
• Institution learning and technology resources
• O&I completion picnic.

During O&I week physical training will start at approximately 0530 and will consist of stretching and aerobic calisthenics, multiple sets of sit-ups and pushups, and several runs at a 9-minute mile pace. I encourage you to arrive in good physical condition, able to complete a three mile run without stopping. The physical readiness guide will help prepare you for O&I. If you are a student who is unfamiliar with physical training, I highly recommend you start a fitness program prior to your arrival.

You will also take a swim test during O&I week. The test consists of treading water for five minutes, demonstrating your ability to swim using three survival strokes, and an inflated clothing float. There will be plenty of instruction and demonstrations on the proper techniques required for the test. If you are not a strong swimmer, I would suggest that you take the time to strengthen your swimming skills at a nearby swimming pool prior to arrival. Many of these items are required for the NROTC Program, if not completed during our orientation period they will be accomplished during the academic year. Previous Midshipmen have found that O&I serves as an invaluable introduction for the student and can be a key to your success within the NROTC program.

When you arrive at O&I, there will be a welcome brief with the NROTC staff for both the parents and students. Immediately following this brief quickly say your “good-byes” before we start the in-processing.  Immediately following the brief with everyone, the staff will be available for parents if there are any unanswered questions or if they would just like to meet some of us on an individual basis. It is our hope that before they depart, they feel comfortable and confident that you are in good hands and ready to safely embark on your own adventure.

You are strongly encouraged to be within “regulation” grooming standards when you arrive. For Navy option males, your hair must not touch the collar and will be tapered upward to a maximum length of four inches; the bulk of your hair must not be more than two inches high. Conservative sideburns are authorized; sideburns will be trimmed, and will not extend past the middle of the ear. For Marine option males, hair must not touch the collar and will be tapered upward to a maximum length of three inches. Sideburns are not authorized. For the training evolution, mustaches are not authorized; all those attending O&I will be clean-shaven at all times. For all females, you need not cut your hair but while in uniform you must wear it so that your hair does not fall below the lower edge of the collar. Pigtails and ponytails are not permitted; while in uniform. However, French-style braids are authorized as long as the end of the braid is neatly tucked under and out of sight. Pins and barrettes of similar color to the individual’s hair may be worn. If you arrive out of standards a haircut will be provided but at your own cost. The official Navy Haircut Regulations can be found later on within the Orientation and Indoctrination Informational Packet.

Keep in mind that you are participating in an officer accession program. More will be expected and demanded of you academically, professionally, physically, and socially than is expected of your fellow university students.  As future leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps, you will set the example for others to follow. We live by the ideals and concepts expressed in the Navy and Marine Corps Core Values: Honor, Courage, and Commitment. I applaud your decision to become a future leader of Sailors and Marines. If you have any questions about any aspect of the NROTC Program, call us at 1-800-JHK-NAVY.


Uniform Fitting Sheet   Midshipman Gear List for O&I



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