The Navy sends all scholarship students to a variety of summer cruises for each of their three summers (in between their four years of undergraduate education):

Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID): for midshipmen on scholarship, typically between their freshman and sophomore years of college (for those who pick up a three-year scholarship, between their sophomore and junior years). 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 opportunites are offered: east coast (Norfolk, VA) during approximately June, and west coast (San Diego, CA) during approximately August.

2/C Cruise: for midshipmen on scholarship, between their sophomore and junior years of college. An enlisted “running mate” will be assigned to the midshipman to allow them to see the Navy from the enlisted point-of-view. Options include:

  • Surface (big deck, small deck, or nuclear)
  • Sub (SSN or SSBN)
  • Mountain Warfare School

1/C Cruise: for all midshipmen, between their junior and senior years of college. A junior officer will be assigned as their “running mate” in order to allow them to see the Navy from the position that, in a short time, the midshipman will be in. Many options are available:

  • SPECOPS
  • Foreign Exchange (FOREX) Cruise
  • Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Cruise
  • Mountain Warfare School (approx. 2 weeks)
  • Officer Candidate School (OCS) (approx. 4 weeks)
  • Aviation (ashore or afloat, approx. 4 weeks)

Summer Cruise Experiences