Summer Training

Every summer, Midshipmen are afforded the opportunity to participate in various types of training to prepare them for being officers in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Summer training includes:

CORTRAMID: A one month long orientation which familiarizes midshipmen with the various communities in the U.S. Navy. It is split up into four weeks: Aviation week, Submarine week, Marine week, and Surface week. Midshipmen go to CORTRAMID after their first year of ROTC.

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Mountain Warfare: Midshipmen intending to become Marine Corps officers attend a ten day course in Bridgeport, California, to learn skills to survive in the wilderness. Marine-option midshipmen attend this after their second year of ROTC.

A midshipman training at Mountain Warfare school.

2nd Class Cruise: After their second year of ROTC, Navy-option midshipmen are attached to either a U.S. Navy ship or U.S. Navy submarine for a month to experience the lifestyle of junior Enlisted personnel.


Officer Candidates School: Marine-option midshipmen attend “Bulldog,” a six-week version of Officer Candidates School (OCS), after their third year of ROTC. All Marine-option midshipmen in ROTC must graduate from OCS before commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps.


1st Class Cruise: Navy-option midshipmen are required to participate in a ’1st Class Cruise’ after their third year of ROTC to commission as Ensigns in the U.S. Navy. Midshipmen are attached to an officer in the community of their choosing for a month to learn what it takes to be an officer in the U.S. Navy. Midshipmen can choose between the Aviation community, the Surface community, SEALS, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, the Submarine community, as well as attending a Foreign Exchange cruise in a foreign country.

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Here are some resources for summer training: