University of Washington Naval Reserve Training Corps

New Student Orientation

The University of Washington’s Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps conducts an annual orientation prior to the start of the fall quarter.  Throughout the week incoming midshipmen will learn the expectations of Husky Battalion morally, mentally, and physically.

New Student Orientation Objective

Familiarize prospective Midshipmen with:
  • Military customs and courtesies
  • Uniform regulations
  • Height and Weight standards
  • Navy and Marine Corps Fitness Standards
  • Close order drill
  • NROTC Program
  • Various career options (Aviation, Surface Warfare, Submarines, Marine Corps, etc.)
  • Emphasize the importance of teamwork, leadership, and core values

Reporting to UW NROTC

You are required to arrive at Clark Hall (2103 Skagit Lane, Seattle, WA 98195) no later than 0515 on Monday, 20 September 2021. You are required to wear a black collared polo shirt, khaki pants, a black or dark brown belt, and comfortable, casual dress shoes; sneakers are not acceptable. Ensure that you bring a pen, a notepad, a water bottle, and the completed documents outlined below upon checking into the unit.

You will need to have the following documents on your possession when reporting to the command:
  1. Immunization record
  2. Birth certificate and other identification (e.g. driver’s license)
  3. Reporting-in letter from Naval Service Training Command (scholarship students only)
  4. All administrative paperwork
  5. Bank information (account and routing numbers, and direct deposit capability)
  6. Doctor’s note detailing your ability to engage in physical activity (only applies to non-scholarship students entering the College Program)
  7. Receipts for travel expenses incurred from home to UW (travel may be reimbursed for scholarship students only)
Should you have any questions regarding the required documents mentioned above, contact the New Student Orientation Admin Officer immediately. 

Initial Preparation for New Student Orientation

Along with completing all of the necessary paperwork, you must complete the following action items to be fully prepared for New Student Orientation.

  • Attend a UW or Seattle U “Advising and Orientation” session prior to NSO.
  • You must ensure you have set up all of your housing requirements.
  • Obtain a Husky Card (student ID) in your possession.
  • Register for N SCI 101 and N SCI 110, in addition to your other classes.
    • NOTE: When registering for classes, you’ll be asked for an “add code” for the NSCI 101 course. Contact the New Student Orientation Administration Officer to receive your add code. If you are a Seattle University student, you will be unable to register until you arrive. You will, however, need to leave a block in your schedule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 0830-0920 or 0930-1020.
  • Become intimately familiar with the Welcome Aboard Guide and the New Student Orientation Tri-fold
  • Ensure you are within all grooming and weight standards prior to arriving and that you are wearing a black polo with khaki pants when reporting in (see “Grooming Standards and Proper Day One Attire” section).


Students who intend on residing in the dorms during the school year must apply for early arrival. Applying for early access will allow you to gain access to your respective dorm rooms prior to New Student Orientation. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS. The UW NROTC program has no authority within the realm of roommate selection or assignment; such decisions remain your responsibility. It is strongly advised that you apply for a dorm room in the immediate vicinity to Clark Hall. McMahon Hall is the most ideal location. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the student services office (contact information below). You will need to inquire about Period 1 Early Arrival Housing with respect to UW NROTC program.

Instructions for student housing through UW:

  • Set up your UW NetID
    • This must be completed at least 5 days before you apply for housing
  • Set up your UW email account
  • Complete your Housing and Food Services (HFS) Student Profile
    • Link is only accessible once you have a MyUW account
    • HFS Profile
  • Contact the Student Services Office and Apply
  • Apply for Period 1 Early Arrival Housing
    • Deadline is Sunday, September 6, 2021
  • Student Services Office
    • (206) 543-4059

Husky Card Account

As a UW student, you have a student debit account that can be accessed with your Husky Card. The Husky Card can be used for UW affiliated services, which includes dining facilities, the University Book Store, parking, and laundry services. You must verify that your card works before arriving at New Student Orientation. Funds can be added to your Husky Card Account by accessing the Online Card Office or by visiting the Husky Card Account and ID Center on campus. The physical office is located on the ground floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library, but business hours may conflict with the NSO training, therefore, all issues or concerns must be addressed before arrival.
Husky Card Online Access`

Grooming Standards and Proper Day One Attire

You must adhere to the grooming standards and appropriate civilian attire regulations; therefore, you must read the applicable sections by visiting the following links:

Navy Regulations:


The aforementioned section contains general Navy regulations regarding personal appearance. Arrive at NSO in compliance with Navy grooming standards. Pay special attention to shave and haircut.


The aforementioned section contains general Navy regulations regarding civilian clothing. Arrive at NSO in compliance with the civilian clothing standards. Ensure that a belt is present if the pants worn has belt loops.

Marine Corps Regulations:


The aforementioned section contains general Marine Cops regulations regarding personal appearance and civilian clothing. Arrive at NSO in compliance with Marine Corps grooming and clothing standards. Pay special attention to the shave, haircut, the shoes you wear, and proper belt wear.

Proper Etiquette

Before arriving to NSO, ensure you understand the following Navy and Marine Corps rules of etiquette:

  1. All Battalion members will come to attention when the Commanding Officer (CO) enters a room with one Battalion member announcing “Attention on Deck.”
  2. Battalion members will stand at attention when addressed by an officer, then assume parade rest if told to relax. Officers or civilian personnel will be addressed as sir or ma’am, or appropriate title respectively.
  3. When speaking with another member of the Battalion, the individual will go to the position of parade rest.
  4. If any member is in uniform and covered while approached by an officer, the member will give the appropriate salute and greeting of the day. After the officer has returned or acknowledged the salute, bring your hand smartly to your side.
  5. Timeliness is an essential element of both etiquette and professionalism. Being 15 minutes early for all official business is the standard expectation in the Battalion and the fleet.
  6. Battalion members shall not chew gum while in uniform. Also, when walking in uniform, it is inappropriate to eat, drink, or use a cell phone. Polo and khakis is considered a uniform for this purpose.
  7. Battalion members are required to carry themselves with professionalism at all times.


  • Naval science courses are required for the Autumn (A), Winter (W), and Spring (Sp) quarters during each year. Freshmen classes: NSCI 101 (A), 102 (W), 103 (Sp).
  • All students enroll in NSCI 110 each academic quarter. This is for regular Tuesday morning drill lab, which will take place prior to the start of the day’s classes.
  • The NROTC program incorporates additional academic requirements beyond those required for your major. These include two quarters of calculus and calculus-based physics, English writing, an American history or national security policy course, and a non-western world culture / regional studies course.
  • NROTC regulations require that students take between 15 and 18 credits; any deviation must be approved by Commanding Officer via chain of command.
  • Failure to pass classes or advance in accordance with UW policy may result in disenrollment. Attendance at all classes and labs is mandatory for NROTC students.
  • Students meet with NROTC class advisors quarterly (at a minimum) to discuss progress and performance.
  • Students should be aware that transitioning into both the Naval ROTC unit and college in general takes significant adjustment. Taking both Calculus and Calculus-based physics during the first quarter has proven to be very difficult for students in the past.


  • Students are expected to report to the University of Washington with basic swimming skills and the ability to pass, at minimum, the Navy 3rd Class Swimmer test with the goal of reaching 2nd Class Swimmer standards before commissioning. Failure to qualify as a 3rd Class Swimmer by the end of your first academic year will render you ineligible to participate in further summer training as well as a review of your aptitude for commissioning.
  • Students who qualify at the 3rd Class Swimmer level will be required to be retested annually; those that meet 2nd Class Swimmer criteria will be exempt from future testing.
  • A video that illustrates these tests, as well as the grading criteria, can be found at:
  • The 3rd class swim test consists of stepping off a platform at least five feet above the water, a 50-yd. swim using any stroke, a five-minute prone float, and shirt/trouser inflation. The 2nd Class test includes the deep-water jump; a 100-yard swim demonstrating breaststroke, sidestroke, elementary backstroke, and crawl; and an additional float.
  • You are required to become familiar with the requirements of these tests and practice your swimming skills over the summer. The 3rd and 2nd Class swim tests will be administered during the New Student Orientation period. If you have any questions about these requirements or the testing criteria, please contact the New Student Orientation Administration Officer.
  • Be sure to bring proper swimwear to NSO, as an inventory swim test will be conducted. Swimwear shall be dark blue or black in color. Bikinis or other two-piece suits are not authorized. The reference section contains examples of acceptable swimwear.

Physical Training Guidelines

Failure to meet “good” standards in push-ups, forearm planks, and the 1.5-mile run during New Student Orientation will result in immediate disciplinary action which may include a hold on financial support from the scholarship and can lead to dismissal from the program.

  • Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT) Standards:
    • For males age 20-24 the “good-low” standard is 47 push-ups, a forearm plank longer than 2 minutes 5 seconds, and a 1.5 mile run faster than 12 minutes.
  • USMC Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
    • Males 17-20 must run faster than 27 minutes and 40 seconds on the three-mile run, do 4 pull-ups, and 70 sit-ups.
    • Females 17-20 must run faster than 30 minutes and 40 seconds on the three-mile run, do 1 pull-up, and 50 sit-ups.
  • USMC Combat Fitness Test (CFT)
    • Males 17-20 must conduct the 880-yard run faster than 3 minutes and 45 seconds, conduct 62 ammo can lifts, and run the maneuver under fire portion faster than 3 minutes and 17 seconds.
    • Females 17-20 must conduct the 880-yard run faster than 4 minutes and 36 seconds, conduct 30 ammo can lifts, and run the maneuver under fire portion faster than 4 minutes and 53 seconds.
  • USMC Body Composition Standards
  • Click here for more information about Marine Corps Fitness

Incidental Expenses

Have $40.00 in $5.00 denominations, a credit/debit card, and a deposit in your Husky Card Account.

Examples of common expenses during NSO:

  • Meals at the “Center Table” dining facility of Willow Hall; must be paid with the Husky Card Account or a Visa / Master card. (Approximately $8/meal)
  • Uniform items include: a new package of white crewneck undershirts, shoe polish ($15 for full kit), and shirt stays (about $10). Students may bring their own items or purchase items prior to NSO.
  • Laundry or dry cleaning services. (Approximately $15/uniform set)
  • Campus parking permit. Prices vary; therefore, you must contact the Transportation Services at for more information.

Point of Contact Information

Useful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are my career possibilities with a NROTC scholarship?
    • Surface Warfare Officer (including Nuclear Option)
    • Submarine Officer (Nuclear Option)
    • Naval Aviator or Naval Flight Officer (NFO)
    • Special Warfare Officer (SEAL) or Special Operations Officer (EOD)
    • Marine Corps infantry, armor, artillery or aviation **
    • US Navy Nurse Corps (for students with a nurse-option scholarship)
    • Service assignment to your first choice will be heavily based on your academic performance, leadership aptitude, and physical readiness demonstrated in the battalion.
    • ** Marine assignments are made following completion of The Basic School (TBS), after graduation and commissioning from the NROTC program.
  2. What are some activities in which I can get involved?
    • Incoming freshmen midshipmen are required to be on Regulation Drill team. Each year, battalion members participate in the annual Northwest Navy Competition in a number of events. Participation in sports and other activities outside the Battalion are encouraged, however extracurricular shall not interfere with ROTC duties.
  3. When do I wear my uniform?
    • Uniforms will be worn once a week, normally on Tuesdays from 0630 to 1600. Uniforms will sometimes be required for other Battalion events.
  4. Can I travel or study abroad?
    • Students may be allowed to travel or study abroad, provided such travel does not interfere with their planned date of graduation and the students are excelling in academics.
  5. Where is parking located when I come to the University of Washington?
    • Parking is located throughout the campus; however, all parking areas are fee-based and may require specific permits. Parking Services does not open until 0600, so permits must be purchased the night before to park on campus. The E-1 parking lot is an exception; it uses electronic credit/debit card readers and is 6 dollars daily. If parking in E-1 it will take approximately 10 minutes to walk to Clark hall.

Required Documents

These documents are pertinent to helping incoming midshipmen become familiar with the UW NROTC. All information contained will be sent in an email, but are some requires and useful information. The measurement sheet must be completed by a professional tailor to ensure accuracy of the gear being issued.

1Welcome Aboard Guide
2Knowledge Tri-fold
3Administration Forms Instruction Sheet
4OPMIS Student Info Sheet
5Record of Emergency Data
6Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance
7Bank Direct Deposit Form
8Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statement of Understanding (DO NOT SIGN)
9NROTC Scholarship Service Agreement (DO NOT SIGN)
10NROTC Concept of Honor
11Recruit/Trainee Prohibited Activities Acknowledgment (DD Form 2983)
12Administrative Remarks (Active Service Obligation – Active Enlisted Service)
13Administrative Remarks (Acknowledgment of Social Media Conduct Training) (NAVY OPTIONS ONLY)
14Administrative Remarks (Social Media Guidance – Unofficial Internet Posts) (MARINE OPTIONS ONLY)
15Administrative Remarks (Elective Surgery Acknowledgment)


Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Educational Program (MECEP) and Seaman to Admiral – 21 (STA-21) are programs sponsored by the US Marine Corps and US Navy to provide a path for enlisted Marines and Sailors to become Commissioned Officers. Upon selection, they will receive PCS orders to their respective university where they will be attached to the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit to complete their undergraduate degree. During their tenure as a student, they will continue to receive their respective pay and allowances in accordance with Navy and Marine Corps regulations. STA-21 will be put into the In-active Ready Reserve which means your active duty time in service will stop until earning a commissioning. However, MECEP will continue to accrue active duty time in service towards retirement.

Checking In

When check in date is approaching you should have already been in touch with your sponsor for some time.

Check-in will be initially conducted in the ADMIN OFFICE. Officer Candidates will wear Service Khakis while MECEPs will wear the Service Alphas without shooting badges. Check in time is between 0800 and 1100, Monday-Friday.

Please call ahead to ensure that the appropriate staff will be present, or if checking in before 1100 is not possible.

The ADMIN OFFICE is located in Clark Hall on the second deck, room 201. Enter through the front of the building, up the steps to the second deck, turn right, then enter the office immediately to the right. It is clearly labeled.

(206) 543-0170


After checking in with admin, MECEPS must check in with the unit’s Assistant Marine Officer Instructor. Please call ahead to arrange an appointment:

Staff Sergeant Hendrix
(206) 221-4290

In addition to checking in at Clark Hall, MECEPs will need to check in at Joint Base Lewis-McCord. Your sponsor will provide more detailed information.

Joint Base Lewis-McCord
(253) 968-7156 or (253) 988-1071

Sponsorship Info


You will be contacted by a current member of the battalion (i.e., OC or MECEP) during your time at NSI. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks after your arrival at NSI, please contact the alternate sponsor coordinator to request an assignment of a sponsor.

Your sponsor will email you a welcome aboard letter containing pertinent information concerning your check in process. Furthermore, your sponsor will be your immediate point of contact to answer any questions or address any issues that may arise.

The primary sponsor coordinator for FY-19 is Officer Candidate Kody Kratz.

Officer Candidate Kody Kratz

The alternate sponsor coordinator:

Staff Sergeant Hendrix


Marines who have been selected to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program are required to contact the Marine Officer Instructor via phone call or email. You will be assigned a sponsor by the Marine Officer Instructor or Assistant Marine Officer Instructor. Your sponsor will email you a welcome aboard letter containing pertinent information concerning your check in process.Your sponsor will be your immediate point of contact to answer any questions or address any issues that may arise. If for any reason you are unable to communicate with your sponsor, you should direct your communication to the alternate sponsor coordinator.

Primary Sponsor Coordinator:

Captain Willett

Alternate Sponsor Coordinator:

Staff Sergeant Hendrix

Housing and Commuting

Students participating in the MECEP or STA-21 program will receive basic allowance for housing under the 98195 zip code.

Once reporting in you will be given 10 days of house hunting leave. If you take this special leave before detaching from your previous command you won’t be allowed to take it again after checking in. Officer Candidates frequently take leave before checking in then take house hunting leave immediately after checking in to take advantage of the lengthy break between NSI and the start of the Summer Quarter.

An Officer Candidate or MECEP will be authorized permissive temporary additional duty for residence hunting after completing his or her initial check-in with the unit. The member will abide by all Navy or Marine Corps regulations regarding residence hunting. Furthermore, the member must comply with all unit policies regarding commute restrictions and housing policies. You must review the Housing Policy before signing any lease or purchasing a home. All waiver requests must be submitted to the Commanding Officer via your respective change of command.

Housing Policy

The University of Washington offers a family housing program which is affordable and within the vicinity of the campus.

The housing is conveniently located near University Village which is close to the school and shopping area. Everything is within walking distance. The housing is month by month so there is no long term agreement you will be locked in. The rent is roughly around $1,000. The housing has two types of living space, 1-floor flat and a 2-floor townhouse. Both can either have 2 or 3 bedroom and 1 bath. Pets are allowed but has restrictions, please see the actual website for the most up-to-date information.

UW NROTC Family Housing Program


It is highly recommended to live as close to the U-District as possible, as you will be commuting to school several days a week for Battalion activities that start at 0630, and likely taking classes five days a week.Parking passes are available for parking close to buildings, but these passes generally cost about $450 a quarter, making driving prohibitively expenses for most situations.

Students who chose to drive to campus usually elect to park in the E1 Parking Lot for $6 a day, or chose to purchase a day pass for $15 to park in a lot much closer to their destination.

Included in every student’s tuition is the U-Pass, which gives unlimited access to all buses and light rails in the area. This makes commuting by bus or light rail the ideal situation for most students who choose to live off campus. It is common for students to choose a more affordable location further from campus, drive to a nearby park and ride, and take a bus to campus, as several buses have stops right outside of Clark Hall.

Seattle traffic can be unpredictable at times; therefore, you must remain mindful of commute times during particular hours and locations.

Commute Times on Washington State DOT website

UW U-Pass Program

One Bus Away (a commonly used app)

Battalion Life

Upon reporting to the command, every student in the battalion is assigned to a company with which they muster for drill. The company also serves as the start of student chain of command, which is the primary point of contact for most routine battalion activities during the school year.

The husky battalion conducts weekly drill every Tuesday morning during the regular academic quarters, and will normally consist of general military training. The uniform for drill is khakis for Navy or Service “B” (“C” in winter) for Marines unless otherwise stated.

Physical training is conducted twice a week with the battalion, once with the battalion as a whole and once as a company. Battalion PT is conducted on Wednesday mornings, and company PT is conducted on Monday, Thursday, or Friday depending on the company. Marine option students will participate in Bulldog Company PT. This means MECEPs will PT three times a week and Officer Candidates will PT twice a week.

Apart from drill and PT there are many collateral duties within the battalion. Officer Candidates and MECEPs frequently check in with the intention of “lying low” and “avoiding interaction with the battalion.” Students are very involved within the battalion. Check in ready to engage and take on duties – it will make the transition to battalion life easier.



Tricare coverage will be that the Northwest Region. Our command qualifies for Tricare Prime Remote. If you still wish to maintain Tricare Prime, your Primary Care Manager (PCM) can be located at Military Treatment Facility (MTF) Naval Station Everett, Naval Station Bremerton, or Coast Guard Base Seattle (near Safeco Field). Coast Guard Base Seattle can handle most routine exams (i.e. PHA).

Medical and Dental Records

You can choose to maintain your own medical and dental record. Unless you live nearby a Military Treatment Facility, keeping your medical record is recommended as you may need to visit several different medical facilities in the process of getting a commissioning physical.



Post Graduate

Active duty personnel who are accepted into one of the many Post Graduate Programs will find administrative support at the University of Washington’s NROTC Unit.

Unit expectations include weekly phone musters and a bi-annual PFA taken with the unit’s Marine Officer Instructor. Otherwise students may seek any other regular administrative support from the unit’s staff.

Please note the unit has no affiliation with the application process. We only assist personnel who are stationed at the unit. For all questions regarding the application process, please refer to a detailer or Command Career Counselor.