NROTC Marine Option & CORTRAMID

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Marine4Life, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Marine4Life

    Marine4Life Member

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    I'm sure the chances of this are slim and none, but I'll ask anyway. Since CORTRAMID is designed to give midshipmen an idea of what field they want to go into, it is essentially useless for Marine Options that are certain about remaining a Marine Option. I was wondering if there would be any chance at all to petition to go through recruit training over the summer as opposed to CORTRAMID and remain on scholarship. I know that it sounds like a crazy idea, but I feel like going through recruit training could be a valuable experience. Any experience with similar situations and/or advice? Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. Malachy Marine

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    First, in all likelihood you won't go to the Depot. I understand why you want to go, but its not going to happen (unless you enlist in the Reserves, which you can't because you're already a Midshipman). I offer two alternatives:

    1) Do CORTRAMID. It may seem lame and non-applicable, but understanding what life is like in the Navy is invaluable. Not only do you get an opportunity to see how the other half operates, but you can compare and contrast the organizational cultures of the two. As a Marine about to deploy on a MEU, getting to understand the basics of shipboard life, and spending time to learn the Navy's way will pay dividends in the future. We are an expeditionary, amphibious service. The key word is amphibious. As in water. Thats a big part of what makes us different as a service.

    2) Request to go to Bulldog early, or to the USNA Leatherneck program. A big reason why the Depot probably won't happen is because its a duplication of effort. You'll get that experience of a DI screaming in your face at Quantico, because Sgt Instructors are AMOIs and/or DIs prior to reporting to OCS. Leatherneck would do some good to start the process of learning your Academy brethren and bringing them into the fold. They know alot about the military, many times they understand how to survive in an austere environment for extended periods of time, they can moderate their motivation with dedication and experience. You know and understand the Marine Corps in unique ways, specifically when it comes to the snap and pop, and customs and courtesies. Educate them. But don't be a dick. JJ DID TIE BUCKLE. Tact still applies.
     

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