The Navy sends all scholarship students on a summer cruise over the three summers in between the four years of undergraduate education.
Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID)
This cruise is typically between freshman and sophomore years of college (for those who pick up a three-year scholarship, between sophomore and junior years). CORTRAMID is a “Navy sampler” during which a week is spent with the aviation community, a week with the surface community, a week with the submarine community, and a week with the Marines. Two opportunities are offered: East Coast (Norfolk, VA) and West Coast (San Diego, CA).
Midshipmen on scholarship, between sophomore and junior years of college, will embark on a surface ship or submarine and be assigned an enlisted “running mate” to allow the midshipman to see the Navy from an enlisted point of view. Marine options attend Mountain Warfare School during their 2/C summer.
All midshipmen, between their junior and senior years of college, will be paired with a junior officer in the fleet in order to allow them to see the Navy from the position of a junior officer. More options and communities are available for the 1/C cruise:
- Special Warfare (SEALs)
- Foreign Exchange (FOREX) Cruise
- Aviation (ashore or afloat)
- Nurse Hospital Cruise (ashore)
Marine Options attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) for their 1/C Cruise.