Naval ROTC New Student Orientation (NSO) 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. 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, incoming freshmen will now also attend New Student Indoctrination (NSI) in Great Lakes, Illinois. More information about NSI can be found at here.