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Navy Application Essay Motivation

Patriotism. Selflessness. Integrity. Bravery. Commitment.

These are only a few characteristics that represent myself. A few even tie in with the Navy's core values. I have great respect for this country, the values that we as citizens stand for, and the military that protects those rights. As an Officer in the United States Navy, I will continue to demonstrate what it takes to reach your full potential and be the best of the best. There is no other military or branch that I would rather fight for than right here at home in the United States Navy. My passion for serving came a while back when I was in grade school. I used to come home from school and watch the news with my family while we ate dinner. At that time, Operation Iraqi Freedom was well underway, and nearly every night, I would see the portraits of those brave men and women killed during recent events. I felt that the ultimate sacrifice to this country was well worth preserving the values and rights we all know and love. As time ticked on throughout middle school and high school, I had constant thoughts of enlisting into the military and avenging my brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice. After years of critical thinking, I was committed to go to a university and receive a degree, therefore I can serve as an Officer.

As a senior at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, I am finishing up my schooling career stronger than ever. I am confident that this will be a great last year, academically, physically, and socially. The improvements of my grades can be seen on my transcript, and I'm a firm believer that having a rough start to college is not the end of the world. Everyone has a time where they need to move away from home to prepare themselves for their future, and my first year of college was that time. Never have lived on my own before, this was a new experience. Taking a full load of classes on top of volunteer service and participation in university clubs led me to be a great self motivator, as well as a committed leader. Not only am I earning one degree, I am earning two, a Bachelors of Science in Aviation Management and an Associates of Applied Science in Aviation Flight. Throughout my time at Southern Illinois University, I learned what it really meant to self-discipline and self-motivate yourself, especially during stressful times.

Being an Officer in the United States Navy is not just any job, it is a privilege to serve under the greatest nation in the world. This position in the U.S. Navy will give me a purpose, a sense of belonging in life. Just the brotherhood of other fellow sailors feeds into the passion in being an aspiring Officer. This brings teamwork to the table. Being a team player on a sports team is great, but being a significant team player in the U.S. Navy as an Officer can be life-saving. Through sports, group projects, community events, or even in the cockpit, I have always been a team player and will always be one. Though I am a well versed individual within the aviation community, it would be pointless to myself if I didn't serve a purpose, something a Naval Officer would have. One thing to point out is that my family has no military background whatsoever. I would like to change this, and start a legacy with my family name. Discipline is a key factor in why I want to be an officer as well. I learned early on that obedience and discipline are very important in life. It makes you respect others humbly, while receiving respect back. Most of my discipline was self taught during school, when I had to manage my time well in order to achieve my difficult goals.

Leadership is the foundation of all Officers in the military. An Officer with weak leadership skills is unable to complete their mission. I consider myself to have exceptional leadership abilities. In my early teenage years, I joined the Civil Air Patrol, a volunteer organization, as a cadet, learning all about military drill, aerospace education, and leadership. As I earned higher ranks, I started mentoring younger cadets just like my mentors helped me. I put together power-points and taught sessions about aviation, as that is an incredibly big passion for me. I also taught younger cadets the art of discipline, and how to hone that skill to be a respected member of their communities. Just recently, two colleagues and I started an aviation club at my university, named Saluki Flight. In this club, we train certified pilots on how to become search and rescue, counter narcotic, cadet orientation, and transport mission pilots for the Civil Air Patrol. We all came together, and with hard work, dedication and leadership, we accomplished our mission successfully. My leadership experience can even be as little as leading a group of friends on what to do and where to go on a particular evening. Or even enhancing my personal leadership skills. You need to learn how to lead yourself before you can lead others. All in all, leadership is essential to keep the United States Navy moving forward.

As stated before in this essay, I have an extensive amount of experience within aviation, as that is what I'm studying in college. The flight training I gained in the civilian world was rigorous yet rewarding, and through perseverance, I was able to earn the highly respected commercial pilot's certificate. I also hold an Instrument Rating and a Remote Pilot Certificate. Each of these certificates included many hours of hard work, studying, self-discipline, self-motivation and leadership. I am currently training to be a Certified Flight Instructor, teaching others how to fly and everything else thats comes about being a pilot. But not only a pilot, a leader and self-motivator too. Not only do I fly with Southern Illinois University, I fly voluntarily for the Civil Air Patrol, assisting them with vital missions, and I also fly as a skydiver pilot. I believe I will be a vital resource as a Naval Aviator due to the experience and skills I already hold. A great pilot never stops learning, and I hope to bring that quality with me as an Officer and Naval Aviator. Aviation presents very unique challenges that I am pleased to take on aggressively.

I am fully aware of this demanding, committed and challenging position as an Officer, but it will ultimately be immensely rewarding. I look forward into living this world class experience. This position will definitely enhance my intellect on what it really means to serve your country. I am prepared at all costs to live up to the U.S. Navy's core values in order to protect the United States of America.

Alexander, I am wondering if your motivational statement essay came with some guide questions as most military officer school applications do. If you have a series of guide questions, I would appreciate it very much if you would post the questions in this thread so that I can better consider the content of your essay in reference to specific requirements. You see, as a general motivational statement, this essay does not hit the mark at all. I do not see a clear, compelling, and relevant motivation within your work. It is important that you display a strong motivation for this essay. Anything from being heavily influenced later, as in as a high school or college student by the battles that the military were involved in. Something along the lines of the battle to take down Saddam Hussein, the hunt for Bin Laden, or the growing discord in the South China Seas. You have to show a keen interest in world affairs where the U.S. Navy may have been heavily involved in order to create a strong connection within yourself and your personal motivation for wishing to attend Navy officer school. I'll wait for the guide questions, if you have any, so that I can point out which possible parts of this essay you can use for the required revision.

**Please note that Kennesaw State University students are now eligible for participation in the Georgia Tech NROTC Program.**


Each year students who were not awarded a full NROTC scholarship are provided the opportunity to apply for the NROTC College Program. A college program midshipman does not receive any scholarship benefits or attend summer training, but is otherwise treated and held to the same standards of conduct and involvement as the full scholarship students.

What are the requirements to apply for the college program at NROTC Georgia Tech?

All applicants must meet the basic requirements for the program. This requirements are summarized below:

  • Applicant must be admitted to or be a current student at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, or Kennesaw State University. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  • Applicant must be an American citizen or be in process of becoming a naturalized American citizen.
  • Applicant must not be older than 27 years old by the time they graduate college and receive their commission. (There are waivers to this policy for students with prior military service.)
  • Applicants already in college must be in their Freshman or Sophomore year.
  • Applicant must meet the Navy height and weight standards and must be able to be physically qualified for admittance into the armed forces.
  • Must pass the Navy Physical Fitness Test.

If I meet all the basic requirements am I guaranteed acceptance into the college program?

No. Acceptance into the college program is a competitive process. The NROTC staff at Georgia Tech carefully review each application in order to evaluate whether the candidate has a good chance of successfully completing the program. Ultimately our staff’s goal is to have all admitted college program students be given a 3 or 2 year scholarship. If a candidate’s application indicates that they have a low possibility of eventually being awarded one of these scholarships then they will not be admitted into the program.

What credentials do I need in order to make myself a competitive candidate for the NROTC college program at Georgia Tech?

We evaluate our applicants using the same criteria as the 4-year National Scholarship. In general, successful applicants at Georgia Tech (Note that these are NOT minimum required scores):

  • Participated in a varsity sport in high school and demonstrate exceptional physical fitness
  • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or greater on 4.0 scale
  • Achieved SAT scores of 1200 or above (math and verbal sections only) or a composite ACT score of 26 or above
  • Have a track record of leadership and participation in extracurricular activities
  • Knowledgeable and motivated about a career in naval service
  • Pursuing or will be pursuing an engineering/technical major (i.e. Tier 1 or Tier 2) or a critical language (Russian, Arabic, Chinese, ect.) major. There is no major restriction for Marine College Program applicants.

What is the process for applying for the college program at Georgia Tech?

The application period opens in May and closes in July. College program applications will be evaluated outside this time period only on a case by case basis. Students who attend Georgia State University or Kennesaw State University must apply in time to complete the necessary cross-enrollment forms. The deadline for turning in cross-enrollment requests varies from year to year but usually is in July for the Fall and November for the Spring.

A complete application will consist of the following:

  • Completed College Program Application
  • Completed Report of Medical History dd2807-1
  • Completed  NROTC AFA Score Sheet (Instructions for fitness assessment are here)
  • High school or college transcript (students who have completed one year at the host institution need not submit HS transcripts)
  • An essay (one page maximum) that answers these questions: “What are your top 3 URL communities you wish to commission into and why?  If not selected for one of these communities, would you accept your commission?”
  • A copy of score reports for SAT / ACT as applicable
  • Letter of admittance (if not currently enrolled in the University you wish to attend)
  • Candidate “resume” or list of accomplishments
  • Any letters of recommendation (Not required but encouraged)

Completed applications can be sent to the address below or scanned via email to navy@nrotc.gatech.edu:

Freshmen Advisor – College Program
Atlanta Region NROTC Unit
225 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332-0125

After reviewing the candidate’s application, our staff will then either invite the candidate in for an interview or deny the application. The interview is conducted by an active duty member of our staff in order to evaluate the candidate’s maturity, confidence, knowledge of the military, and career goals.

Once all interviews are completed candidates are then evaluated against each other and invitations or denials are sent to the candidates.

If a candidate is accepted they are required to go to their family physician to complete a sports physical clearing them for physical activity prior to starting the program. During candidate orientation new midshipmen will be required to perform a Navy physical fitness test. Unsatisfactory results during this test will result in the candidate’s invitation to the college program to be withdrawn.

When do college program midshipmen become eligible to apply for scholarships?

At the end of each academic year, college program midshipmen are submitted for a 3 or 2 year scholarship. If awarded, the 3 or 2 year scholarship provides the same benefits as the 4 year national scholarship for the specified period of time. Candidates for these scholarships are evaluated based on the same criteria as the 4 year scholarship students with college GPA and performance as a midshipman playing a huge factor.

Freshmen in college (provided they have achieved less then 30 college credit hours) are eligible to re-apply for the National 4-year Scholarship even if they were previously denied!

What happens if a college program midshipmen is never awarded a scholarship?

All college program students must either be on scholarship or be accepted into the ‘advanced’ college program by the start of their Junior year in school. If not, then the student is required to be dis-enrolled from NROTC. Students in the advanced college program do not receive tuition benefits but do receive a monthly stipend and participate in one summer of training before graduation. Advanced college program students have the same active duty obligation as scholarship students.

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