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Midshipman Life

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While you can get a good idea of Midshipman life at Purdue from our newsletter, “The Boilerman,” there are a few more things that are a part of daily life that anyone considering joining Purdue NROTC should know...

When you come to Purdue to begin your freshman year of college, all Midshipmen, whether they have a scholarship or are enrolled in the College Program, are invited to attend a Freshman Orientation for about five days before classes start. This orientation includes an introduction to the skills of Close Order Drill, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and their traditions, and physical training (PT). Uniforms are also issued. The goal of this orientation is to familiarize the incoming freshmen with life as a Midshipman in the Naval Services, allow them to meet the other Midshipmen of the battalion, and give them an idea of what to expect for the next four years.

Once the semester starts, Midshipmen will attend classes similar to non-NROTC students. Once the semester starts, Midshipmen will take one 3-credit hour Naval Science course and a lab period on Tuesday mornings in addition to the classes required by their specific major. Every Tuesday, Midshipmen wear their uniforms all day while on campus.

At Purdue NROTC, academics is our number one priority. The battalion hires tutors to help Midshipmen succeed in their courses, especially Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. Assistance is also available from battalion Midshipmen for other classes.

Marine option Midshipmen complete physical training three times a week (M-W-F) at 0545. Navy option Midshipmen complete two sessions of physical training each week.

The battalion sponsors a number of extracurricular activities including a Drill Team, Pistol and Rifle Team, Basketball Team, Soccer Team, Softball Team, and Color Guard. Purdue Midshipmen are also involved in other activities on campus. While academics is our number one priority, it is recognized that extracurricular activity contributes to a well rounded individual, and therefore Midshipmen are encouraged to be involved in campus activities.

After every home football game, the entire battalion comes together to clean up Ross-Ade Stadium the following Sunday morning. This is the battalion’s source of income and supports Midshipmen extracurricular activities. It also provides funds to defray the cost of the Navy / Marine Corps Birthday Ball, the Senior Class Mess Night, gifts from the battalion, and picnics or pizza parties the battalion may host.

All of these factors, academics, extracurricular activities, and physical fitness, are what comprises life as a Midshipman at Purdue NROTC and provide the experience and opportunity which prepares the Midshipman to succeed as an officer in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.