Carnegie Mellon University
Summer Cruise

Summer Cruise Description

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 onboard a surface ship and a week onboard 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 by attending the Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC). The Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center conducts a course to prepare Marine Option midshipmen for operations in mountainous, high altitude and cold weather environments. 

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 Corps Officer, but they also expose you to new people and different leadership styles that you can take with you throughout life.