Freshman Orientation Week 2013
Orientation Week 2013 is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Augsut 14, 2013 through Monday, August 19 2013. Freshmen Orientation will be held on campus at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Check-in will be at the RPI Alumni Sports & Recreation Center (Armory). ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 0830
Following midshipmen check-in, all parents are invited to attend a briefing with NROTCU RPI's Executive Officer at 0930.
Expected Grooming Standards
Arrive in appropriate civilian attire such as a collared shirt and trousers (no jeans) for males or a conservative blouse and skirt or slacks for females. You are also expected to arrive with a military regulation haircut. Grooming standards can be found in Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Navy Uniform Regulations at http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/uniforms/uniformregulations/Pages/default.aspx .
Physical Fitness Requirements
During Orientation Week, we will introduce you to the skills necessary to begin your training as a future Navy or Marine Corps Officer. Orientation Weekend the NROTC program are physically demanding. During Orientation Week, you will be expected to pass the Navy’s Physical Readiness Test. Additionally, you will participate in daily physical training. During these periods, you and your classmates will execute running, flexibility, and strengthening exercises such as push-ups, crunches, lunges, etc. Ensure you arrive with comfortable, well broken-in running shoes.
You can find the Navy physical fitness standards at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/pdfs/pre-conditioning.pdf. The website includes a recommended training program you should complete during the summer. If you follow the training recommendations, you will be prepared to meet at least the minimum standards for the Unit’s physical fitness program.
In addition to your diagnostic physical fitness test, Orientation Week also includes a swimming skills assessment. You are required to pass the Third Class Swim Test in order to participate in sail training during Orientation Weekend, participate in CORTRAMID and later to commission as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer. Arrive with the prerequisite swimming skills. Swim training will not be provided during Orientation Week. The Third Class Swim Test requirements are:
-Abandon Ship Jump: Jump from a 10 foot tower to simulate abandoning ship.
-5 minute Prone Float: Remain afloat face down, utilizing survival floating skills, for five minutes.
-Shirt and Trouser inflation: Fill a shirt and pair of trousers with air to remain afloat.
-50 yd Swim: Using any single following stroke or combination of the crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke.
What to Know and Bring
Bring all items on the personal items list.
Bring all government forms required by the RPI welcome letter including the physical activity consent form.