Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Summer Cruise

As part of the curriculum, the NROTC program provides summer training cruises for scholarship and College Program midshipmen.  Scholarship midshipmen participate in training cruises each summer they are enrolled in NROTC.  College Program midshipmen only attend the First Class Cruise as described below.  The cruise program is not only professional training, but the first chance for many midshipmen to “See the World.” Travel opportunities abound in the Navy and Marine Corps.  Besides sending midshipmen to bases all over the United States, such as San Diego, Norfolk, and Seattle, many midshipmen have been assigned to ships deployed to foreign countries like Italy, Spain, Thailand, and many more.

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Navy and Marine Corps Midshipmen

Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) is designed to give midshipmen experience in all warfare areas to aid them in making future career decisions, and provide additional professional exposure.  Following their freshman year, midshipmen will spend a week with each of the following warfare specialties:

  • Naval Aviation
  • Surface Warfare
  • Submarine Warfare
  • Marine Corps



Navy Option Midshipmen Only

Navy option midshipmen will spend approximately 4 weeks between their sophomore and junior years aboard a ship or submarine.  They will be assigned an enlisted running mate from a division.  The purpose of this cruise is to ensure that all midshipmen understand the importance of the enlisted members of the crew of a ship and their place in the chain of command. 

2nd Class Cruise


Marine Option Midshipmen Only

Marine-option midshipmen will spend 10 days between their sophomore and junior years at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California. This unique venue provides participating midshipmen with an opportunity to test themselves, both mentally and physically, while simultaneously gaining an appreciation for the intrinsic considerations and rigors of conducting military operations in a mountain environment. Aside from the inherent training value this opportunity provides, it’s also an excellent opportunity for each MIDN to supplement their preparation for Officer Candidate School, which they will attend the following summer.



Navy Option Midshipmen Only

Midshipmen will spend approximately 4 weeks between their junior and senior years aboard a ship or submarine or assigned to an aviation squadron.  They will be assigned a junior officer as their running mate.  The purpose of this training period is to teach midshipmen the day to day life of a junior officer and their place in the chain of command. Some midshipmen may get the chance to participate in a Foreign Exchange Cruise (FOREX) with the Navy of one of our allies, giving them a unique perspective into how other navies around the world operate. Midshipmen desiring to go into the Special Warfare community (i.e. SEALs) will be sent to Navy SEAL Officer Assessement and Selection (SOAS) for training and evaluation by officers and enlisted in the SEAL community.

First Class Cruise


Marine Option Midshipmen Only

In the summer between their junior and senior year, Marine option midshipmen will attend Officer Candidates School (OCS) for 6-weeks. All people who wish to serve as Marine Corps officers must pass OCS at some point before commissioning. This crucible of an evolution is the culmination of all the training a Marine option midshipmen receives during their three years in ROTC. OCS will not only test a midshipman's knowledge and fitness but also their perserverence and dedication to becoming a Marine Corps officer.