DS leaves for SEAL cruise on Saturday. Excited and nervous. This is his first experience with summer training at all because he was a college programmer.
DS goes EOD cruise Saturday. He got scuba certified on my dime last month and joined us diving in the Bahamas and had unlimited visibility. Nice to know beforehand if you are comfortable diving. I'm sure where the EOD's dive the water is cold and murky.
Hi Grunt! He did it aboard ship while underway. I'm assuming the target(s) were also aboard ship or otherwise attached, but what do I know. He had one day in San Diego before catching his flight home. He got a cheap hotel room with some other midshipmen and they went to Sea World and who knows where else. Haven't had time to ask all my questions yet!
I am sure he is also smart enough to keep some things on a need to know basis.Ha! Can't imagine anything that would shockingly surprise me. Thanks goodness he's too smart to go back to the ship when there is no need and he is in no condition.
I am sure he is also smart enough to keep some things on a need to know basis.
It sounds like you have raised a great son.
Thinking of the poor mid that broke both of his arms doing something stupid. Sure hope he has some really good buddies as he is going to need some personal hygiene help for a while.
So USMCGrunt... here's how the qualification worked. The target is placed on the stern and they fire across the flight deck. The size of the target is reduced to simulate the 120 yds, or whatever it is normally, on the range. This is while underway so there is some degree of swell to deal with but it seems to me that the wind has to be at your back, ie. little to no crosswind if it would even apply to a shorter actual yardage.
Another Academy Midshipman story: Evidently when it was time to show up for the ride to the airport to return, several Academy midshipmen were late, or at the wrong location (not sure which). They called their contact and said they were at the ship and waiting for their ride to the airport. The contact told them everyone else was already at the airport and it was now their responsibility to get there. They asked if he could call someone else to get their orders to them, so they could take a taxi. Reply was "Sure". Evidently the third individual crumpled their orders into individual balls of paper prior to delivering them. Message sent! Lest everyone think DS is down on USNA MIDN, his best bud on the cruise was a USNA Marine Option (or however they refer to it at USNA). DS said he was sooooooo smart and a real great guy. I'm sure there are some NROTC MIDN stories I haven't heard yet.
Cheap Hotel Room: Evidently there were 10 MIDN of both sexes sharing a single room with two double beds. DS slept on the floor. Total cost? $15.00 each.
My favorite story: Keep in mind my son is a Marine Option and knew nothing about ships and even less about tugs. When the tug backed into the ship to begin pushing them into and through the canal DS said "Oh my God! They've hit us!!!"
As I'm sure your son knows, that qualification means nothing for him. The Navy types get to wear the ribbons/keep the qual after they commission but for Marines it goes away because it's so different from the USMC rifle/pistol qual. Still fun though.
By and large I was always pretty impressed with the NROTC Marine Options I encountered on summer training and felt the same way about most of my NROTC peers at TBS. Some of the Navy options though...
DS called today to report on EOD summer cruise. 5 nrotc and 4 USNA mids all having lots of fun. Got to shoot a 50 cal. machine gun from a hummer, a M-4 and a baretta today. DS has only shot a gun 1x before this so very exciting for him. Said it the hardest PT ever. Bunch of fitness nuts. The academy guys had lots of prequalification to get there so of course in very good shape. Another 10 days training and off to O-week.