Naval ROTC

Naval ROTC Unit Florida A&M University (NROTC FAMU)



NROTCU FAMU's motto  Sic Itur Ad Mare, meaning 'such is the pathway to the seas', reflects the unique mission of NROTC:

"To develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated towards careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government."

First established in 1972, NROTCU FAMU has graduated and commissioned hundreds of Navy and Marine Corps officers. NROTCU FAMU was the fourth of six NROTC Units to be established on the campus of a Historically Black University, and we have since grown to serve both Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College. We are proud to work together with all three institutions and the greater Tallahassee community to inspire, educate, and mentor our nation’s future leaders.

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Affiliate Schools

NROTCU FAMU consists of students from FAMU, FSU, and TCC.

Upon graduation, our students -- known as Midshipmen -- are commissioned into the U.S. Navy and U.S Marine Corps

NROTC FAMU serves FSU, TCC, and FAMU midshipmen.

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Joining The Program

NROTC provides qualified students with various benefits throughout college and a guaranteed job afterward!

Individuals on NROTC Scholarships are enlisted into the Navy Reserves or Marine Corps Reserves and receive certain benefits not afforded to College Program students (who are participating in NROTC as civilians in the hopes of picking up a scholarship or Advanced Standing).

Though NROTC provides financial incentives and the possibility of receiving a Bachelor's degree with little to no debt, the real value in the program lies in the opportunity to lead the world's finest Sailors and Marines. Being a Naval Officer is a great responsibility and one that should not be taken lightly; thus, the few who do have the privilege to do so end up with priceless leadership and managerial exposure, marketable skill sets, and life experiences far beyond their civilian counterparts.

College Program

Financial benefits totaling:


  1. Benefits:
  2. Free uniforms and Naval Science textbooks
  3. Leadership and mentorship from experienced Naval and Marine Corps officers.
  4. A positive recommendation to receive an NROTC scholarship -- subject to performance
  5. No service obligation.
  1. Additional Info:
  2. Marine Corps applicants must not have 30 or more semester hours college credit upon application
  3. College Program students are usually those who either were not awarded the NROTC scholarship or are already college freshmen or sophomores.
  4. College Program students are required to compete for the NROTC scholarships and must be awarded one to continue through the program after their sophomore year.



NROTC Scholarship

Financial benefits upwards of:


  1. Benefits:
  2.  Full tuition and fees OR room and board
  3. Stipend for textbooks - $350/semester
  4. Subsistence allowance each month to spend freely (varies based on class year)
    1. Freshman - $250/month
    2. Sophomore - $300/month
    3. Junior - $350/month
    4. Senior - $400/month
  5. Free uniforms and Naval Science textbooks
  6. All-expense-paid summer training and internship opportunities
  7. Freshman year in the program is free -- no strings attached.
  8. Guaranteed job upon graduation making approximately $60,000 - $90,000/year, with the potential to make upwards of $120,000/year after five years of service.
  1. Additional Info:
  2. Marine Corps applicants must not have 30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application
  3. After sophomore year, the student incurs a military service obligation of five years upon graduation. Should a student drop the program prior to graduation, the scholarship must be repaid via disbursement or Enlisted service.



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Life as a MidshipmAn

Too many good college experiences are spoiled by massive student debt or the need to take a job on the side. But when it comes to money matters, students in the NROTC program can focus on their college experience.

NROTC students find time to pursue hobbies. Hang out with friends. Join student groups and intramural teams. And of course, focus on their academic performance. The NROTC program gives them the flexibility to truly turn their education into the opportunity of a lifetime.


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Naval Officers

“Our integrated Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard must maintain clear-eyed resolve to compete with, deter, and, if necessary, defeat our adversaries ... our actions in this decade will shape the maritime balance of power for the rest of this century.”

ADM Michael M. Gilday, USN, Chief of Naval Operations

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