Marine Option Benefits

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  1. cmccollum4693

    cmccollum4693 USMA 2015 Appointee

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    I was awarded a Marine Option Scholarship, and am wondering what all I get to do as a Marine Midshipman. I understand the basic financial benefits, but what else do I get to do, especially during the summers, as a midshipman?
     
  2. gojack

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    From Navy ROTC at Boston University; http://www.bu.edu/navyrotc/prospective-students/faq/

    Midshipmen are required to take one Naval Science class each semester for four years. These classes provide instruction on the history of the Navy to shipboard operations and engineering. Students are also required to attend Lab in uniform weekly. If students are on scholarship they are required to attend 1 month of summer training for three consecutive summers.

    Q: What does the summer training consist of for scholarship students?

    A: The initial training is prior to freshman year, orientation. This training provides the basics to get the freshmen ready to join the Battalion. The first fleet summer training scholarship students attend is called Cortramid. Scholarship students attend Cortramid over the summer between their Freshmen and Sophomore years of college. Cortramid’s goal is to orient Midshipmen with the Navy. One week is devoted to exposure to the surface Navy, another to aviation, another to submarines, and the last spent with the Marine Corps. Midshipmen have the choice of attending Cortramid on either the west coast in San Diego, California or in the east at Norfolk, Virginia. The Midshipman’s second class cruise (summer training) is between their sophomore and junior years. The second class cruise is designed to give the midshipman exposure to the enlisted community. The Midshipmen will be assigned a highly motivated career Petty Officer running mate that will work with the midshipman on board ship performing enlisted duties. The Midshipman’s first class cruise is between their junior and senior year of college. The first class cruise is designed to provide the Midshipman with a realistic exposure to what it is like to be an officer. The Midshipman is assigned a LT or LTJG running mate. The Midshipman will shadow the officer and assist the officer on performing shipboard duties while in port and underway. It should be noted that Advance Standing Midshipmen are required to attend this first class cruise.

    Q: Is the NROTC Program any different for Marine Option Midshipmen?

    A: Yes and no. Marine Option Midshipmen are required to take six Naval Science classes. Two of these Naval Science classes are separate from the Navy Option Midshipmen. The Marine Option classes focus on the history of warfare and amphibious operations. Marine Option Midshipmen are not required to take all of the classes that Navy Options Midshipmen are required to take. Only one semester of Military History or National Security Policy is required. Marine Option Midshipmen attend all Battalion drills and functions. Roughly 1/6 of the NROTC Program is Marine Options. Marine Option Midshipmen compete and are ranked against their fellow Marine Option Midshipmen. There is a Marine Officer Instructor and an Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at the NROTC Unit that oversee all the Marine Options. Marine Option Midshipmen that are on scholarship are required to attend summer training as well. The first summers of training are identical to Navy Option Midshipmen; they are required to attend Cortramid. Between the Marine Options’ junior and senior year, he or she is required to attend Officer Candidate School or BULLDOG. After commissioning, all Marines must attend The Basic School (TBS) regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
     
  3. MorganC

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    I was under the impression that after a MO midshipman's sophomore year they attend Mountain Warfare School.
     
  4. gojack

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    I'm no expert... just copy and paste / SUNY Maritime College Link

    Q: Is the NROTC Program any different for Marine Option Midshipmen?
    A: Yes and no. Marine Option Midshipmen are required to take six Naval Science classes. Two of these Naval Science classes are separate from the Navy Option Midshipmen. The Marine Option classes focus on the history of warfare and amphibious operations. Marine Option Midshipmen are not required to take all of the classes that Navy Options Midshipmen are required to take. Only one semester of Military History or National Security Policy is required. Marine Option Midshipmen attend all Battalion drills and functions. Roughly 1/6 of the NROTC Program is Marine Options. Marine Option Midshipmen compete and are ranked against their fellow Marine Option Midshipmen. There is a Marine Officer Instructor and an Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at the NROTC Unit that oversee all the Marine Options. Marine Option Midshipmen that are on scholarship are required to attend summer training as well. The first summer of training is identical to Navy Option Midshipmen; they are required to attend Cortramid. For second class cruise, Marine Options attend Mountain Warfare School. Between the Marine Options’ junior and senior year, he or she is required to attend Officer Candidate School. After commissioning, all Marines must attend The Basic School (TBS) regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
     

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