Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

Summer Cruise Opportunities

NROTC Indoctrination Program

This training is completed the summer BEFORE Freshman year. Throughout the 13 day training course, Midshipmen will undergo initial militarization while training in basic firefighting, watch standing, seamanship, navigation, force protection, drill, and swimming along with physical fitness training and military inspections by NROTC staff. They will also receive military education including customs and courtesies, and military history. At the culmination of the program, midshipmen must pass a final exam to advance in training.


Career Orientation and Training, Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) is a 4-week long summer training event that exposes rising 3/C and 2/C scholarship students to their career opportunities in both the Navy and Marine Corps.  A full week is devoted to the Aviation, Surface, and Submarine communities of the Navy as well as a full week of Marine Corps exposure where Midshipmen have the chance to ask questions and experience each field first-hand. CORTRAMID training is conducted in both San Diego, CA and Norfolk, VA.

Sea Trials

This 10-day course is completed by scholarship Midshipmen during the summer before Junior year and is aimed to develop the future officers’ knowledge, comprehension, application, and demonstration of six core competencies including Naval Orientation and Officership, Leadership and Ethics, Seapower and Naval History, Programs and Policies, Technical Foundations and Naval Warfare, and Seamanship and Navigation.

Throughout the 10 days, midshipmen will be trained in firefighting, damage control, watchstanding, seamanship, navigation, force protection, and swimming along with physical fitness and military inspection by NROTC staff. At the culmination of Sea Trials, midshipmen must pass a final exam to demonstrate their proficiency to advance in training and readiness to serve in the Fleet.

Submarine/Surface Warfare Cruise

Scholarship Midshipmen entering into their Junior or Senior year will have the opportunity to be attached to a submarine or surface ship for part of the summer. Rising 2/C Midshipmen are assigned to an enlisted mentor to familiarize students with life at sea, shipboard organization, ship systems, evolutions, and safety requirements underway and in port. Rising 1/C Midshipmen are assigned to a junior officer to prepare midshipmen for commissioned service through active participation in the duties and responsibilities of an officer at sea.

Aviation Cruise

After completing and obtaining a qualifying score on the ASTB, scholarship Midshipmen entering their 1/C year may apply to be attached to an aviation squadron for part of the summer. During this training, Midshipmen learn about the everyday duties and responsibilities of Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers and even have the opportunity to fly some of the aircraft.


Midshipmen entering their 1/C year who are interested in the Special Warfare community can apply for SEAL Officer Assessment and Selection (SOAS) in Coronado, CA. This 2-week assessment entails a variety of evolutions that test the candidate’s physical tenacity, mental fortitude, and leadership skills. This program must be completed in order to advance to the next phase of selection.

FOREX Cruise

The summer before their Junior or Senior year, Midshipmen are able to apply for a Foreign Exchange (FOREX) cruise where you will spend part of the summer attached to a surface ship of a U.S. ally’s Navy.

Officer Candidate School

Marine Option Midshipmen are required to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) 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. Where leadership is measured not by how well you follow procedure, but how you lead in conditions of uncertainty. Where decisiveness, judgment, initiative and moral courage are tested in the midst of chaos, exhaustion, indecision and scrutiny.