Naval ROTC Orientation is held prior to Duke University's freshman orientation at the beginning of every 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 about a week's time, 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. The newest Midshipmen are also introduced to drilling in formation, a mainstay of any Orientation experience. Orientation also provides a valuable leadership experience for upperclass Midshipmen, who fulfill roles varying from Squad Leader to Orientation Commanding Officer.

Duke University NROTC New Student Orientation schedule TBD, August 2017.