Frequenty Asked Questions

New Student Indoctrination

What is the difference between New Student Indoctrination (NSI) and New Student Orientation (NSO)?

New Student Orientation is hosted by USF's Naval ROTC unit and is held the week prior to the beginning of USF's school year. Its purpose is to indoctrinate incoming Midshipmen with the basics of military professionalism, physical fitness, and how to succeed in the Naval ROTC program. It should be stressed that orientation is not a military "boot camp", but an opportunity to transition incoming freshman to the NROTC lifestyle as well as ensure all administrative work and uniforms are taken care of. For most, this is the first taste of military life and they are forced to learn quickly; in only one day, the orientation staff arranges for a variety of fulfilling activities for participants. Through a combination of classroom instruction, team building activities, and personal attention from upper-class Midshipmen, each freshman is challenged to achieve his or her potential.

In addition to NSO, students will attend New Student Indoctrination in Great Lakes, Illinois.  For more information on NSI, please click here.