Each summer, 4-year scholarship midshipmen will participate in 4-6 weeks of professional training in the fleet to broaden their understanding of the Navy and Marine Corps and to aid in their service selection decision making prior to commissioning.
New Student Indoctrination (NSI) is a three-week indoctrination program hosted at RTC, the U. S. Navy’s only boot camp, which provides standardized entry-level militarization and prepares midshipmen with a common training orientation. NSI provides basic training in five warfighting fundamentals – Fire Fighting, Damage Control, Seamanship, Watchstanding and Small Arms Handling and Marksmanship. The program was designed to create basically trained, smartly disciplined, tough and courageous future Navy and Marine Corps Officers.
After completing 4/C year, midshipmen will participate in CORTRAMID located in San Diego, CA. CORTRAMID is typically 4 weeks long. One week is spent with each of the following communities to provide the student with real life experience of each option available to them upon commissioning: Surface Warfare community, Submarine community, Aviation community, and the Marine Corps.
Second Class Summer Training is conducted between the sophomore and junior academic years for all scholarship students. This at-sea training on surface ships and submarines furnishes midshipmen with basic shipboard orientation and an introduction to enlisted life and the roles of the work center supervisor. Sea Trials events fulfill the summer cruise requirement, but Midshipmen may request a second class cruise in addition to Sea Trials. Marine Option midshipmen shall attend an amphibious cruise or embed with USMC units.
First Class Summer Training is conducted between the junior and senior academic years for all first class NROTC midshipmen. First class cruise provides exposure to the officer and wardroom environment and is executed in an at-sea training environment aboard a ship. First class Navy Option midshipmen may also opt for aviation, submarine, or Foreign Exchange Training for Midshipmen (FOREXTRAMID). Marine Option first class midshipmen attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, VA.
Marine Option Midshipmen are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, VA during the summer before their Senior year. This 6-week course is where mind, body and character are screened, evaluated, and honed to a razor-sharp point. At OCS, leadership is measured not by how well you follow procedure, but how you lead in conditions of uncertainty. Candidates’ decisiveness, judgment, initiative and moral courage are tested in the midst of chaos, exhaustion, indecision and scrutiny.