Midshipmen disembark from the Landing Craft, Utility (LCU) aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).
USS Boxer Shows Midshipmen Life at Sea

The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) played host to more than 100 midshipmen Wednesday and Thursday, giving them a brief look at life at sea on a surface warship. 

As part of their exploration of the different career paths available, the 114 future officers got an eyeful of shipboard activity such as anchor detail and landing craft amphibious operations. 

The visit was part of the Career Oriented Training for Midshipmen that all ROTC students go through to help them decide which warfare area they’re most interested in.  During CORTRAMID, the freshman and sophomore students also visit submarine, aviation and Marine units. 

“It’s the first look these guys get in the Navy,” said Ens. Jennifer Floyd, Boxer’s Electrical Division officer who served as the midshipmen’s training officer for this underway. 

More important than participating in shipboard operations, though, the time on board Boxer gave the mids a chance to get a view of what life is like.  Seeing how Naval officers interact with the enlisted crew and experiencing life on board a surface ship is a key factor in helping them make some decisions that could affect the rest of their lives. 

“Quality of life is probably what they’re thinking of most right now,” said Floyd. 

“That’s one of the biggest questions, how the officers get along with the enlisted,” said Midshipman Kevin Lees, one of the visiting midshipmen. 

 According to Floyd, the ultimate goal of the presentation was to convince the midshipmen that serving as a surface warfare officer would be a rewarding choice to make, and in that front there was some success. 

“I came in thinking I wanted to be an aviator,” said Midshipman Sarah Skelly, “but I’m really liking what I see.” 

Future summers for these students will see more in-depth exploration of their chosen warfare area, until they finally choose their field during their last year of study.  All who go on to choose surface warfare will have Boxer to thank for their decision.
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