One of the requirements for the Navy ROTC Scholarship is an evaluation and written narrative from a Math teacher and one other evaluation from a teacher, counselor, coach or employer.
Navy ROTC teacher evaluations can be overwhelming for prospective candidates. Below we provide samples for each teacher as well as what makes the sample a quality submission. Let them know in advance you’ve chosen them to write your letter of recommendation!
Math Teacher Sample Narrative
Physics Teacher Sample Narrative
You can download PDF versions of each letter to print and give to your teachers at the bottom of this article.
Math Teacher Sample Written Evaluation– Navy ROTC
The following is an example of a well-written Math Teacher narrative for the NROTC application. This narrative would be done after the teacher completes the numerical rating of the candidate. We recommend that candidates give a sample recommendation narrative to their Math Teacher in order to maximize their impact. We provide commentary at the end telling you why this sample letter is effective.
Narrative Prompt for Your Math Teacher:
Please tell us how you feel this candidate would perform at the college level in Math. Thank you for your time, concern and cooperation
I taught Jeff while he was a student in my pre-calculus class at Ridgemont High School. This is one of the most difficult classes taught at our high school and only the top 5% of students at our high school take this class. This is out of a total class of 250.
Of these elite students, Jeff received an A which only 20% of the students in the class received. This equates to Jeff being in the top 1% of all students who take this course yearly. I have taught at our high school for five years and out of the 400 students I have taught in the course over that time, Jeff ranks within the top 20 students out of that group.
What separates him from the other students I have taught is his attention to detail and diligence. He takes his studies very seriously and puts out the maximum effort. Frankly, only the best students score as high as Jeff.
I understand that Jeff will be required to take two semesters of calculus by the end of his sophomore year and two semesters of calculus-based physics by the end of his junior year. I have taught many students in past years who have gone on to successfully complete these requirements as well as other STEM majors at top colleges and universities. There is no doubt based on my experience that Jeff will be successful and obtain a degree in one of the Tier I or Tier II majors that most NROTC midshipmen major in.
What you will notice in the narrative are several things. One, the math instructor is aware of the math and science requirements for Navy ROTC midshipmen which concentrates on advanced math. The instructor also understands the application of the math to calculus-based physics which is the other requirement for scholarship recipients.
Additionally, the Math instructor quantifies how the candidate ranks by comparing him to others he has taught over several years. This reinforces the ratings that the instructor gave the student and makes a greater impact than generic statements.
“Other” Sample Written Evaluation– Navy ROTC
We are ROTC Consulting strongly recommend that that the other evaluation a candidate choose be a science teacher—preferably your high school physics teacher. This is because NROTC midshipmen are required to take two semesters of calculus-based physics. Having the second letter from a physics teacher who can speak to whether the candidate would successfully complete this requirement is crucial.
Narrative Prompt for Your Physics Teacher:
Please tell us how you feel this candidate would perform at the college level in your area of concern. Thank you for your time, concern and cooperation
I taught Jeff while he was a student in my physics class at Ridgemont High School. This is a class normally reserved for our students our top students. Jeff was in honors physics which is reserved for out top 2% of students.
Of these elite students, Jeff received an A which only 20% of the students in the class received. This equates to Jeff being in the top 1% of all students who take this course yearly. I have taught at our high school for five years and out of the 600 students I have taught in the course over that time, Jeff ranks within the top 40 students out of that group.
I understand that Jeff will be required to take two semesters of calculus-based physics while a midshipman for Navy ROTC. While we did not incorporate calculus into our physics course here, I have no doubt having taught, coached and mentored physics students in the past that have gone onto college that Jeff will excel in college calculus-based physics. I am also aware that most Navy ROTC midshipmen have Tier I or Tier II majors. Jeff showed me the list of those majors and he will have no problem completing the requirements for a degree in any of those majors.
What you will notice in the narrative are several things. One, the physics instructor is aware of the science requirements for Navy ROTC midshipmen which concentrate on calculus-based physics. The instructor also lays out that she knows the typical majors that NROTC midshipmen take and firmly states that Jeff will be successful. This is an instructor who is educated on the requirements and speaks intelligently.
Additionally, the physics instructor quantifies how the candidate ranks by comparing him to others he has taught over several years. This reinforces the ratings that the instructor gave the student and makes a greater impact than generic statements.
Final Thoughts on Naval ROTC Letters of Recommendation
Most recommenders will appreciate it if you give an example recommendation letter to them. It saves them time and effort, especially if they have to do multiple letters for you. Additionally, you help the recommender understand the courses required by Navy ROTC so they appear more knowledgeable. This greatly increases the impact of your teachers’ narratives.
Take the time to give your Math teacher and Physics teacher recommendation letters and you are that much closer to winning an NROTC scholarship! Make sure to get the correct contact information for your chosen teachers. Ready to apply now?
You can download both sample letters of recommendation here in PDF format to print and hand out.
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