summer vacation O_o

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  1. playitshorty42

    playitshorty42 Member

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    The website says 3 weeks of summer vacation, but does that include the cruise?

    If someone can explain the summer vacation of a midshipman that would be great!

    Thanks,

    Will
    GO NAVY
     
  2. NYCUSNA2012

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    What happens during the summer is this, there are three blocks of summer training/leave. Mid-May to Mid-June, Mid-June to Mid-July and Mid-July to Mid-August. You get one of those blocks to be your summer leave, its really more like 3-4 weeks. You have one block for professional training, and one block for summer cruise. So you are really only supposed to get one block of leave and then the other two blocks are used for other things.
     
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    what exactly is the difference between summer cruise and professional training?
     
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    Summer cruise is professional training. Being on a ship, sub, with an aviation squadron for "real life" fleet training, as opposed to being bused around for tours, visits or demos to various bases for an familiarization experience.

    Cruise does not equal fun in the sun with umbrella drinks in Navy lexicon.

    Professional training is the catch-all phrase that covers everything other than leave a midshipman might be doing during the weeks between end of academic year and Reform of the Brigade at the start of the fall term.

    There used to be 3 Blocks (1-2-3), starting right after Commissioning Day. A few years back, Block Zero came into play, starting right after exams and taking the place of intersessional leave/Commissioning Week activities. This allowed mids to add in more opportunity for internships, an additional cruise, voluntary summer school (for those who want to get ahead on their matrix, double majors, varsity athletes, potential VGEP, etc.). It also allowed for those midshipmen who, due to involuntary summer school (academically challenged) and mandatory training blocks, never got leave at all, to get a few weeks if they started in Block Zero. Before Block Zero came into being, we had one stoic midshipman who struggled for various reasons, who had 3 summers in a row taken up with summer school and summer training, no leave at all. Tuck that one away and ensure you never get into an academic slump that puts you in that peril!
     
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    D did Zero Block sailing to Newport and back to Annapolis (had done Ocean Sailing before). Loved the rooms at Newport Naval Base. Didn't know if they were NAPS or OCS rooms but said they were great rooms compared to Mother B. Did second on USS Bataan for shakedown cruise after retrofit out of Newport News. Bataan was Fleet Ship for July 4th for Fleet Week in Boston. On shakedown MIDS were detailed to clean compartments. Garbage detail not even enlisted liked. This summer does Chinese Language immersion in China, so it all works out.
     

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