Airborne during summer NROTC

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  1. Botswananhomegr

    Botswananhomegr New Member

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    I'm going to be starting NROTC this September, and I was interested in going to airborne school in fort benning next summer. I know it's usually mainly army rotc and West Point who go, but is it possible for navy ROTC to do it? Can I swap that out for a summer cruise? I've always wanted to go
     
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    First you WILL be doing CORTRAMID next summer. I highly doubt you'll be able to do airborne school as a substitute for any cruise. There is a progression to them to help train you and missing one of them may be a problem. Doesn't hurt to ask your cadre when you get to school though, but don't be surprised by a "No". Navy doesn't have much need for jumpers unless your going Special Forces and in that case you can do it during that training.

    PS... you can always do some jump training on your own over a smmer or even on some weekends. It's not all that expensive.
     
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    Botswananhomegr New Member

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    Ok. And I've been told summer cruises are optional. How accurate is that in practice?
     
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    To my knowledge summer cruises are not optional at all. If you are on scholarship or otherwise contracted you will be required to attend a summer cruise, although there is some flexibility as to when. If you are a college programmer (not contracted) you cannot attend a summer cruise.

    Here's something of an example. My DS had a summer job at the college which would definitely come up against his standard summer cruise for that year (MO Mountain Warfare). In an effort to continue in the job until it ended in late June he requested a change in his cruise to actually serve on a ship.... somewhat odd for a Marine Option. The change was permitted. Unfortunately for him, when his orders came through, it actually interfered more with the summer job than Mountain Warfare would have. Great cruise though... LSD-48 from Norfolk to San Diego via Panama Canal. He worked with the weapons team and was on a ship he actually might serve on one day.

    Some summer cruises are earlier, some are later. You can REQUEST a time frame, keeping in mind that you are ultimately under the orders of the Secretary of the Navy.
     

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