Freshman Orientation Week

Orientation Week is an incoming Midshipman’s first experience in the Navy. The week consists of general military training, physical training, and adaptation to a military lifestyle.

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 Here.

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.  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 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.