Summer Training Blocks - CL of 2014

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  1. fishbowl

    fishbowl Member

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    Seeking information on summer training blocks for current Plebes - I understand that there may be a mandatory cruise for rising 3/C's. Does anyone know whether that is in addition to being assigned to lead a Summer Seminar week?
     
  2. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    With exceptions for mando summer school, etc., every rising 3/C does a PRODEV cruise (such as Summer Seminar, YPs, or Sailing) and a "grey hull" fleet cruise. The summer is divided into three blocks (plus "zero block"), and most mids will be busy for two of them.
     
  3. jumprope_11

    jumprope_11 USNA 2015

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    What would be the recommended choice out of the three possible PRODEV cruises?
     
  4. 2012mom?

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    For those in 2012, the only ones in DD's company who became NASS squad leaders had applied for and been selected for the position. That could possibly have been company-specific (as most things are). NASS was a lot of work, but DD and a 2013 Mid we know both thought it was a good experience to see NASS from "the other side."

    DD had a grey hull "cruise" in addition to NASS. I have heard of great cruises (Pearl to Japan on a sub) and terrible ones (a month tied up alongside in Norfolk with no ground transport). There's probably everything in between, based on what's happening on the ship, how interested the ship is in having Mids aboard, and how much the Mid is willing to go looking for things to do.

    A friend who is 2011 did sailing and had a great time. One group went up the coast to Newport, a second group met them there and sailed home.

    YPs have changed a lot from year to year. Class of 2011 went port hopping and had a good trip. Class of 2012 went out day cruising and came back to USNA most (if not all) nights.
     
  5. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

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    In order by my preference: NASS, Sailing, YPs. NASS was an in company application my year and I think that's the case now still. It was fairly selective; only about 5 got it from my company and we probably had around 15 people apply.

    I had some friends who did NASS. It's a LOT of work, and apparently only really rewarding when you have a squad, which is not guaranteed. Most detailers only get a squad for one or two of the weeks, the rest of the time is spent standing watch and doing other random things around the Yard. That being said, they all would have done it again and thought it was a good experience overall.

    I did the good deal two week YPs of the summer of 2009. It was great and I told all my plebes youngster year that YPs "weren't that bad" only to have PRODEV make a liar out of me.
     

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