Midshipmen Gain Experience Aboard USS Kidd
By Ensign Alexis Steele, USS Kidd (DDG 100) Public Affairs
USS KIDD, At Sea – USS Kidd (DDG 100) hosted 16 midshipmen on board the ship for two days as part of the Career Orientation and Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) July 23 to teach them the role of surface warfare within the Navy.

CORTRAMID is a program for 3rd Class Midshipmen from Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units throughout the U.S. that allows them to explore and learn about their choices upon commissioning.

“We’re excited to have them on board,” said Cmdr. Chuck Good, Commanding Officer USS Kidd. “CORTRAMID not only exposes future officers to the opportunities in the Surface Warfare community, but we’re also out here to show them a good time and the crew is having just as much fun as the midshipmen are.”

The moment the midshipmen arrived aboard Kidd, they were pushed right into various training situations beginning by observing the ship getting underway and transiting San Diego Bay. They were also provided training on close ship maneuvers, weapons familiarization, fire fighting training, and were even given the opportunity to observe flight operations while a helicopter crew completed their deck landing qualifications.

Lt.j.g. Andrew Petry, Kidd’s Navigator, put together numerous training opportunities for each of the midshipmen. In addition to the training, he ensured that each one was assigned to one of the ship's junior officers, giving the midshipmen the opportunity to learn the responsibilities they would take on aboard a naval warship.

This is the first opportunity that Marine option midshipmen are given the opportunity to learn about a community they may one day work with, even though they will receive their commission in the U.S. Marine Corps.

“The Navy and Marine Corps have to work together – we’re more effective when we understand each other,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Sara Cole, a Marine option from University of Rochester. “Everything is new to me – I’ve been learning a lot.”

The midshipmen were also given the opportunity to interact with the entire crew both officer and enlisted. They even volunteered themselves to serve popcorn on the mess decks for a crew movie night.

“Many found that surface warfare had more to offer than they had at first realized – I think they got a lot out of the experience,” stated Ensign Ben Rhea-Carver, who was one of the junior officers assigned to an embarked midshipman.

Kidd is scheduled to host 60 midshipmen over the next two weeks and the crew is looking forward to inspiring the next generation of naval officers to select the surface warfare community.
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