Summer Cruise Description
As a Midshipman, you will spend four weeks each summer on a training trip designed to help you decide which community within the Navy and Marine Corps you would like to join once you receive your commission. On these summer cruises, you may have the opportunity to interact with foreign navies, fly a jet, drive a ship, dive a submarine, or interact with Marines. These cruises are memorable experiences that are often the highlight of a Midshipman's NROTC career.
Following your freshman year, you will attend Career Orientation Training Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) in either Norfolk, VA, or San Diego, CA. During this training trip, you will spend a week with an aviation squadron, a week with Marines, a week with a surface ship and a week with a submarine. While you are on the track to becoming a Marine Corps Officer, CORTRAMID will expose you to different warfare communities, showing you how the Navy and Marine Corps team works together in the fleet.
Your sophomore cruise will focus entirely on preparing you for life in the Marine Corps. As a Marine Option Midshipmen, you will most likely spend a few weeks training with Marines. Typically, these summer training experiences involve tactical training, as well as survival training in the wilderness.
The summer leading into your senior year will be spent at Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. For six weeks, you will be tested mentally, physically, and morally to ensure that you have the moral courage and ability to uphold the high standards and values of the United States Marine Corps.
These summer training experiences are not only hands-on learning tools that will prepare you for your life as a Marine Officer, but they also expose you to new people and different leadership styles that you can take with you throughout life.