What is a Navy Option midshipman?
A Navy Option midshipman is a student who is working towards a commission in the United States Navy. These students commission into the Unrestricted Line, becoming Surface Warfare Officers, Submarine Officers, Pilots, Naval Flight Officers, and in some cases Navy SEALs or Explosive Ordinance Demolition Officers.
What do Navy Options do?
Alpha and Bravo companies complete two weekly physical training (PT) sessions and a weekly Drill period. The Drill period is typically used for platoon drill, guest speakers, officer development such as public speaking and debate exercises, and the occasional recreational activity such as an abbreviated Endurance Challenge.
Navy Option midshipmen must maintain certain academic standards, regardless of major. The required courses are: Physics I and II, Calculus I and II, two English courses, one regional studies course, and one American military affairs or national security policy course. Navy Option midshipmen must also take a naval science course each semester to learn and develop naval and leadership knowledge.