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My daughter signed up in the DEP program last July. She is supposed to go to boot camp next July. She signed up to go into the nuke program. Her recruiter started talking to her about going into the NROTC. Now she is going to apply at 6 colleges and maybe do this instead. She says she won't have boot camp going this way. I didn't think they could change things once they signed the papers, and I am not sure what field she will go into if she goes the NROTC route. Will she still be in the nuke program? If anybody knows anything about this I would love some help with the confusion.

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Ok thanks. She is now saying that she really doesn't want to do nrotc. Hopefully all will work out well.
You should check on this but I am under the impression that nothing is final until they sign and are sworn in at MEPS. They don't even have to leave for Boot Camp and that ends it. I am not 100% sure though.
If your daughter can qualify for an NROTC scholarship, that is unquestionably the way to go. If she goes ROTC, she will eventually have something resembling boot camp, but for officers. She can also go officer nuc after graduation, which is a parallel program to enlisted nucs. All submarine officers (though women currently don't serve on submarines) and those officers on aircraft carriers (where women do serve) working with the propulsion plant, plus the commanding officer must undergo the officer nuclear power training program. The officer route is even more challenging than enlisted, but if she makes it through successfully, she'll be very glad she did, and if college turns out not to work for her, she can still go enlisted nuc. About half of the enlisted nucs have had some college prior to enlisting (usually not ROTC, though) - college experience, especially if heavy in math, science or engineering is very helpful in nuc school, even in the event that they're not successful in college.
Isn't officer training more for those planning to make a life career out of the navy? Right now she is planning on doing her 6 years and then getting out and doing other things. I will let her know what you said though. She has had about a year of college, she will be taking pre calc and chemistry this next semester and then goes in in July.
NROTC isn't all that much longer a commitment to active duty/reserve status, the additional years are spent in college as a midshipman prior to any active duty.

8 years of service in exchange for a free ride college education, a commission and job with good pay and benefits upon graduation isn't such a bad deal these days.

My daughter went in to DEP while waiting for an answer on her NROTC application, and was also told she qualified for the Nuke program, but she had her heart set on nursing and would rather corpsman than something she didn't have a liking for. She's a nursing option student, and she loves it.

Go for the scholarship, it really is an excellent opportunity.
My son has been in the Nuke program for almost three years now. He is on a submarine, which is a different way of life, but he has already been to Guam, Hawaii (for 6 months) and in the Spring will be in British Columbia for several days. It is a demanding job, but definatly a way to get to see the world.
My son got a nomination to the Naval Academy, but did not get an appointment, so he went into NROTC. In my opinion, it is better than Annapolis. He has a four yr full ride for college. He wears his uniform one day a week and has PT twice a week. He trains with guys and runs everyday if he wants. He gets a monthly stipend and has insurance, uniforms, .........when he graduates he will have a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering and will then go to nuke school. If she is offered the scholarship, I would highly recommend it. She will not have basic and she will be an officer. With NROTC, you can major in just about anything at the school you choose. She could go nuke...........or she could go to law school and be a JAG........and anything in between.........all depends on what she wants and where the openings are.
My son was in the NUPOC (officers in charge of nuclear power in the boats) program that is a little different from ROTC. You can join within 30 months of graduation and then the Navy pays you about $40,000 per year while you are in college and all you have to do is go to a meeting once a month and keep up your grades and physical readiness. After graduation you go to Officer Candidate School which is the equivalent of BC for officers. After you are commissioned, you owe the Navy five years but you spend a lot of it in training at nuclear power school, prototype and officer school. You do not have to make a career out of it but you have fabulous training and no trouble getting a job when your five years is up. If she is good in math and science and wants to be a "nuke", this is a wonderful program. She should ask her recruiter about it because the application process takes quite a while.
Nukes! Top assignment! They still want her, believe me!
NROTC is an excellent program, but not for everyone. Our son was awarded an NROTC scholarship and chose to decline it because he really wanted to do the Nuclear Power School right away. He did alot of research and talked to recruiters, other NUKE people (current and retired), prayed about it and eventually decided that the scholarship wasn't for him. Tell Cassie to do her homework and to not jump in and accept or decline until she is sure the path she wants to take, she has the time she needs to make this decision. I wish her the very best whichever path she chooses.
The experience gained at NROTC and attending college is amazing to have but in regards to your questions:

The Navy Nuke program does not demand any specific fields for study if you go through NROTC. The ROTC scholarship sets you up for power school as it requires 2 semesters of calculus, physics and chemistry. So if she wants to get her degree in a field that she's really interested in and wants to go nuke - NROTC is a win. Speaking from experince, I went to the nuke interviews for ROTC class of 08 and was accepted as a bioengineer along with two guys from my unit - one was a policy analysis and management (business) major and the other was economics plus I met history/english/physics/you name it graduates who are nuke officers.

As for question about whether she'll still be in the nuke program - I would talk to the recruiter to ensure that she retains the selection though she may have to go to the interviews so she can meet the admiral. I would also go talk/meet the officers at the different schools that she's applying to as they can help her as well. She is correct about not going to boot camp as midshipmen go through a different format of training but each unit has it's own style which is why I'd suggest visiting every unit.

Hope this helps with the confusion and good luck!
Hi Cassie's mom,
Wow are our lifes alike, I have a daughter Cassie but she's only 11. My daughter Melissa was in the same situation as your daughter. She was handed a 4 year ROTC scholarship after she joined up for nukes. She thought long and hard about it but decided she wanted to go in and spend time in fleet before she decided if she wanted to make it a career. She knew she could always become a officer later. In my opinion and take it for what it's worth, is that the best officers were always prior enlisted. I served in the army for 10 years and it always seemed the officers who had been on both sides of the fence so to speak were the best.


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