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What sets NROTC at the University of South Carolina apart from the rest?
Emphasis in and support for academics:
- All midshipmen and STA-21/MECEP are expected to maintain a 3.2 GPA.
- Tutoring is provided for free by the unit in both calculus and physics.
- A study hours program supports students who have have trouble with a class, helping to improve grades.
Emphasis in and support for physical fitness:
- All midshipmen and STA-21/MECEP are expected to maintain (for Navy options) a PFA score of Excellent or (for Marine Options) a PFT score of 275.
- All members of the battalion PT three days a week, with one day reserved for students who don't meet the standards above.
- A gym with emphasis on crossfit, exclusive to ROTC personnel, is located within the ROTC building and complements the two large gyms USC maintains on campus.
Battalion-centered clubs for almost every Navy community:
Blue & Gold focuses on the surface combatants of the United States Navy and the larger surface warfare community.
Semper Fi is required for Marine Options and provides instruction and guidance for aspiring Marine Officers.
Viking club makes up USC NROTC's sailing team. They learn sailing on 4 unit owned boats located at the close-by Lake Murray and compete regularly in sailing regattas up and down the East Coast.
Cockpit club is for those who want to fly and gets aspiring naval aviators ready for the ASTB.
Nuke club is a recent addition to the Gamecock Battalion and focuses on both the silent nuclear-powered submarine fleet and the massive carriers that extend American influence world-wide.
Boat Crew is a physical powerhouse that caters to those interested in the special warfare communities.
All clubs are led by students with guidance from active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers.
A battalion that supports itself and its community