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Scholarship Midshipmen participate in a summer training programs to learn from active duty Sailors and Marines.  For up to a month, students are able to observe, interact, and learn about different Navy and Marine Corps communities.  During the summer after freshman, sophomore, and junior years, scholarship Midshipmen are sent across the U.S. and around the world to observe and participate in U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations.  Summer training enables Midshipmen to make informed decisions about future career options; get hands-on experience with the missions, tasks, and equipment of different warfare communities; and reinforce leadership training through practical application. 


Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) is a month-long opportunity for Midshipmen to step back from university life and experience the operational communities of the US Navy and Marine Corps. 

The Navy hosts two sessions of CORTRAMID, CORTRAMID West in San Diego, CA, and CORTRAMID East in Norfolk, VA.  During CORTRAMID, Midshipmen spend one week with a ship, submarine, aviation squadron, and the Marines Corps.  The training exposes Midshipmen to Navy and Marine Corps communities and provides a basis for their future summer cruise and service selection requests prior to commissioning.  Most Midshipmen will travel aboard a ship, submarine, and aircraft during CORTRAMID, and also spend a week with the Marines. 


Second Class (2/C) Training

Following sophomore year, Navy Midshipmen attend 2/C summer cruises aboard a surface ship or submarine. Marine Midshipmen attend Mountain Warfare Training.  Nurse Midshipmen attend specialty cruises with land or shore based medical commands. Upperclassmen cruises occur in every US Navy port and around the world.

First Class (1/C) Training

1/C training is the final summer training before commissioning. In addition to surface ships and submarines, 1/C Navy-option Midshipmen may attach to an aviation squadron, Special Operations Units, or with a foreign Navy.  Midshipmen are assigned a junior officer sponsor at their host unit with which they attend training, stand watch, and learn the daily operations of their chosen community.  Marine Midshipmen attend Officer Candidate School.

Mountain Warfare Training

2/C Marine Options spend 10 days in Bridgeport, CA learning the basics of land navigation. They practice these skills in the areas near the Stanislaus National Forest. This experience serves as an exercise in small unit leadership and is intended to prepare them for Officer Candidate School (OCS) the following summer.

Officer Candidate School

The first proving ground for future Marine Officers is Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, VA. The mission of OCS is to train, screen and evaluate candidates who must demonstrate a high level of leadership potential and commitment to success in order to earn a commission. Officer Candidate School training is a demanding experience, and is the crucible event that Marine Option midshipmen must successfully complete in order to commission into the Marine Corps.

General Information

Summer training enables Midshipmen to experience real fleet operations that cannot be replicated in the classroom.  NROTC Units works hard to schedule summer training around Midshipmen work, academic, and family obligations to allow every Midshipmen to benefit from this experience. 








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