San Diego NROTC New Student Orientation period is structured to provide entry-level familiarity with military life and in particular the NROTC Program. The adjustment to a military environment can be stressful and orientation aids in familiarizing new students with this challenging, yet rewarding experience. New students are expected to emerge from orientation with a solid foundation for the learning, and leadership opportunities that the next four years will present.
For the 2012 New Student Orientation, 46 new midshipmen reported to the unit on the Monday prior to them checking into their dorms. Students participated with other members of their class in a week long training event at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot with courses in core values, time management, keys to success, and uniform regulations. Midshipmen were also given the opportunity to complete the required third of second class swim qualifications. Physical activities included an initial Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) followed by various physical training evolutions designed to model the physical standards required of all midshipmen.
At the end of orientation week, the hard work each midshipman puts forth during Freshmen Orientation pays off during the last day. With issued uniforms and a new sense of pride and accomplishment, students are reunited with their families are ready to start their journey in becoming future Naval and Marine Corps Officers.