NROTC New Student Orientation

John Holland, NROTC Midshipman

On Monday, August 24, a group of third and fourth-class Navy and Marine option midshipmen arrived at Naval Base Newport in Rhode Island to begin their week-long Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps NROTC) New Student Orientation. The goal of the orientation was to introduce the group to the military in a way that would prepare them to handle the challenge of NROTC and college life. 2015 NROTC New Student OrientationFor most, the difficult and rigorous beginning of the week came as a bit of a shock. However, after a few days of classroom lessons and drill, the incoming class began to come together and adjust in order to overcome the challenging experience.

Midshipman (MIDN) 1/C Robert Conkey, the commanding officer of Orientation 2015, called the training a success.2015 NROTC New Student Orientation “Over the course of one week, the incoming midshipmen gained basic knowledge of military service and learned what it means to be leader,” Conkey said. “Not only did they grow as individuals, but also as a class and as members of the Navy and Marine Corps team.” This growth was especially evident toward the end of the week. On Thursday, each fourth class donned full fire-fighting gear and fought a raging, simulated shipboard fire in the Newport Naval Fire Trainer. And on Friday, the fourth class came together once again to successfully save the USS Buttercup, Newport’s floating flood trainer, from sinking.

2015 NROTC New Student OrientationThe week closed with an inspection and drill competition, followed by a barbecue at which the fourth class had the opportunity to speak to the upperclassmen at their respective schools. MIDN 4/C Shannon McCoy described orientation as “a great experience, one that challenged me personally and definitely brought our class together as a team.” Having completed their orientation training, the fourth class are prepared to integrate into the rest of the battalion as they continue their training to become Naval Officers.