Welcome to Husky Battalion! In order to help orient you to your new command, visit the pages that apply to you. You will find useful information and necessary forms as well. You may also wish to view the UW’s official admissions FAQ: http://admit.washington.edu/FAQ/Admission

  • New Midshipmen
    • Welcome Aboard Package
    • Battalion Orientation
    • Campus info

Midshipmen FAQs and Topics of interest

  1. What things need to be done at the university before I start classes/register?
  2. What kind of schedule can I expect during the school year?
  3. What is a summer cruise?
  4. What requirements do I need to meet for the command before commissioning?
  5. Commuting
  6. Uniforms
  7. Basic Etiquette


Many students walk or ride their bikes to campus for free.  The UW will send you a U-pass every quarter which allows you to take any King County, Community Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, or Kitsap Transit bus or train.  Bus routes and schedules can be found on the Metro homepage.  Your U-pass will also give you a parking discount.  If you drive to campus alone or in a carpool of two, you should park in the Montlake E1 lot, just east of campus.  If you drive to campus in a carpool of three or more, you can park on campus.  You must put money into your husky card account in order to use your U-pass for parking.  More information about parking can be found on the UW parking homepage.



MIDN are issued uniform items by the command. You may have to buy small accessory items such as shirt stays.

We also wear a unit polo shirt on some days.  You will be issued one shirt but you can purchase more.  The unit polo is worn with a normal pair of khaki slacks.  You must wear a belt and keep the shirt tucked in.  You must wear proper shoes – no athletic shoes or sandals.  They do not need to be dress shoes either, a nice pair of black or brown walking shoes will do.

Once you start school you will be allowed to wear civilian clothes on non-uniform days. Proper civilian attire must be worn in the wardroom at all times.  Always wear a belt if wearing pants with belt loops.  Shirts that have a tail, or are longer in the front and the rear, need to be tucked in.  Shirts, including T-shirts, that are even length around the bottom do not need to be tucked in. Sandals are allowed if they are in good condition.  No cheap looking flip-flops or shower shoes are allowed to be worn.  You should always have a smart haircut and be clean shaven when on campus. 


Basic Etiquette

Always endeavor to present yourself professionally in a military environment. Here are some basic rules to show respect in our unit

  • When talking to a superior (i.e. instructors) stand straight with your hands held behind you near your lower back. We call this modified parade rest. Use correct grammar. No slang (common offenses: yeah, nah). Address the person either by title or if they are an officer, you may also use Sir/Ma'am.
  • If you are showing up to the unit in civilian gear, make sure it is clean, servicable, and of an appropriate fit. Cheap flip-flops are not allowed, but nice sandals are permitted. Males should be clean shaven.
    • Your first impression will stick in the minds of your peers and instructors. Put a little extra effort into your wardrobe when you meet them. A T-shirt and jeans outfit is okay, but a button up shirt or polo will make you look serious about our Battalion.
  • If you can't make it to a meeting or know you will be late, contact someone as soon as you know a conflict exists.

What things need to be done at the university before I start classes/register?

Immunizations - Bring a copy of your immunization records to Hall Health. Until you get this done, you will be locked out of the registration system.

Email/UWNet ID - You should have a UWNet ID and email address that ends in @u.washington.edu.  If you do not, go to this UWNet ID creation page.  You will need a UWNet ID to use the online class registration. Additionally our unit communicates by email extensively.  You should subscribe to the uwnavy mailing list.  NROTC information is sent out to this list daily.  When asked if you’d like to receive the list mail batched in a daily digest, select no. Questions about the mailing list can be directed to our Computer Science Officer.


What kind of schedule can I expect during the school year?

While at times the schedule at the unit can be demanding, for the most part the below routine describes a typical week: 

Monday           Marines: Attend "Bulldog" PT session (0630-0730);  Attend classes (civilian attire)

Tuesday           Attend classes following GMT (General Military Training) from 0630-0730 in Service Khaki (or other) uniform

Wednesday      Attend classes (civilian attire) following PT from 0630 to 0730 in PT gear

(Navy issue yellow t-shirt and blue shorts, Navy sweats optional)

Thursday          Attend classes (civilian attire)

Friday              Marines: Attend "Bulldog" PT session (0630-0730); Attend classes (civilian attire)

The weekend typically has activities that you may or may not have to participate in (i.e. Sail team event; Marine field exercise, etc.)


What is summer cruise?

During the summer scholarship Midshipment will spend a few weeks on active duty service. You will travel to the Fleet and learn about different career options in the military.

  • Freshman/Sophomore year: CORTRAMID - a basic introduction to military life and the different options available through NROTC; somewhat similar to boot camp (Note: Nurse options go on a Nurse cruise in the Fleet)
  • Sophomore/Junior: Navy MIDN can go to the fleet in the Submarine or Surface communities. Marine MIDN attend Mountain Warfare (Note: Nurse option have no cruise)
  • Junior/Senior: Navy MIDN go to the fleet in Sub, Surface, Aviation, or participate in a foreign exchange. Marines attend Officer Candidate School. (Note: Nurse options go on a senior nursing cruise)


What requirements do I need to meet for the command before commissioning?

Midshipmen take a number of Naval Science classes. Additionally you will will need to participate in a some extracarricular activities with the unit. For example, you will complete a senior crew sail qualification. This can typically be done in about 2 quarters of Sail Team participation or on the spring (3-4 days) or summer (2-3 weeks) sail trips. Midshipmen on scholarship will also spend summers on "cruises" in the Fleet.