What sets NROTC at the University of South Carolina apart from the rest?
Emphasis in and support for academics:
- All midshipmen and STA-21 Core OC's/MECEP's must maintain a 2.5 GPA or greater and all STA-21(N) OC's must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. However, to remain in good standing within the unit, all midshipmen and STA-21 Core OC's/MECEP's are expected
to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and all STA-21(N) OC's are expected to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.
- Tutoring is provided for free by the unit for both calculus and physics classes, and a Study Hours program is in place to assist students who are struggling with any class.
Emphasis in and support for physical fitness:
- All midshipmen and STA-21 OC's/MECEP's must maintain a PFA score of Good or better (Navy Option) or a PFT score of 225 or better (Marine Option). However, to remain in good standing within the unit, all midshipmen and STA-21 OC's/MECEP's are expected
to maintain a PFA score of Excellent or better (Navy Option) or a PFT score of 275 or better (Marine Option).
- A gym with emphasis on crossfit, exclusive to ROTC personnel, is located within the ROTC building and complements the two large gyms the university maintains on campus.
- PT occurs three days a week, with an incentive to drop the third day if the individual is performing at or above the 'Excellent' standard for their age category.
Battalion-centered clubs for almost every Navy community:
Blue & Gold Society focuses on the surface combatants of the United States Navy and career opportunities within the broad surface warfare community.
Semper Fidelis Society is required for Marine Options and MECEPs, and prepares aspiring Marine Officers for Officer Candidate School and The Basic School through a hands-on, building-block approach.
Cockpit Club develops the interest of future naval pilots and flight officers and prepares them for the Aviation Selection Test Battery and Flight School, and benefits from the occasional return
of alumni with their aircraft.
Nuclear Power Club studies both the submarine fleet and nuclear-powered carriers, which extend American influence worldwide, and are often visited by staff of submarines or command groups.
A battalion that supports itself and the community:
- All unit activities are planned and led by students with guidance from active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers, from club days and days of service to visits to nearby Fort Jackson for training.
- The battalion holds a semester-long platoon challenge to encourage healthy competition and camaraderie, and aids the planning of the Tri-Service Field Meet, a semiannual sporting competition between the ROTC branches at the university.
- Our drill team has won awards and competitions across the nation, and our color guard performs frequently at Gamecock football games and other events.
- Students in the battalion often hold leadership positions in other organizations on campus, such as fraternities and sororities, honors societies, interest clubs, intramural teams and more.