For those prior Navy enlisted members that are worried about expenses while working towards a commissioning in the STA-21 program, the University of Idaho and Washington State University are a perfect choice. While the cost of living in the area is low, the college tuition/fees are also well below the given $10,000 dollars provided by the Navy. The University of Idaho offers an excellent engineering program to its students as currently they have a 91.7% passing rate on the fundamentals of engineering exam. If the great outdoors is something that you enjoy, Idaho offers some of the best outdoor skiing, hiking, and rafting experiences available. Join other outdoor enthusiasts backpacking, rock climbing, and white water rafting with gear rental from the Student Recreation Center. If physical fitness is your cup of tea, the University of Idaho offers a great student recreation center. Built in 2002, it boasts 80,000 sq ft of gyms, treadmills, free weights, etc. If supporting your sports team is something you enjoy, both the University of Idaho and Washington State University are Division I. WSU is a member of the Pac 10, one of the most competitive conferences in the country. Washington State University also offers one of the greatest education programs in the nation, as it is ranked 4th for undergraduate broadcasting.
The UI WSU NROTC takes great pride in its active duty members in supporting of family activates. The NROTC unit offers many different events such the annual Christmas party that is an enjoyable event if you have children and family members. Many of our active duty members both STA-21 and MECEP have families and support each other with up-to-date information about local daycare facilities and family support groups. The NROTC unit also has additional support for families with its Spouse Support Group (SSG).
Things to Know
When arriving to a NROTC unit, the member’s uniform allowance will stop. Many of our members looked over this information when applying to the program and learned from painful experience about this detail.
Many times a year our active duty members take part in commissioning ceremonies as well as other events that require the enlisted dress blues or whites. Make sure not to throw your uniforms away and keep them up-to-date when needed.
When checking in make sure to bring all your medical records, copies of your orders, your service record, and travel information. Our great administration staff will help you with anything necessary in order to fix any issues you have had with travel.
One key component of the training unit is that it is treated as a training center. Make sure that when you show up to the unit, your things are in order, and you are ready to be trained. The unit requires all members to be at the unit a week prior to school starting in order to integrate its active duty into the unit.