Regiment of Cadets
The Regiment of Cadets is a disciplined lifestyle program. It is not affiliated with the military and carries no service obligation.
Students in the Regiment are referred to as cadets or student-cadets. During the first year at Maritime College, students entering the Regiment are referred to as a fourth-class cadet or mariner under guidance (MUG). Second year are known as third-class cadets, third year as second-class cadet and senior year is known as the first-class year.
The Regiment is designed to educate and train students to survive and thrive onboard a vessel. The Regiment will help student-cadets develop:
Poise and confidence
Pride in themselves and their profession
Knowledge of their professional duties
Sense of duty and moral and ethical responsibility
Military bearing and pride in their personal appearance
Physical fitness and mental agility
Creating Tomorrow's Leaders
A significant portion of the regimental program is to build leadership skills in student-cadets, starting their first year on campus.
During MUG year, students learn to follow directions and work as part of a team. As their career progresses, they receive increasing amounts of responsibility for training, leading and motivating younger students.
During the first-class year, seniors serve as cadet officers with responsibility for maintaining discipline and overseeing day-to-day operations of the regiment. On summer sea term, cadet officers bear significant responsibility for maintenance of the ship and discipline of the other cadets.
Membership is required
Students who come to Maritime College to earn a U.S. Coast Guard license, must be part of the Regiment of Cadets. There are certain academic programs at Maritime College that also require membership in the Regiment. Students who pursue a license will be qualified to work onboard commercial vessels.
In addition to following the regiment's rules and regulations, and participating in Regimental activities during the school year, cadets will also participate in three Summer Sea Terms aboard the College training ship, Empire State VI.
Membership is optional
Students who choose not to work onboard a commercial vessel, but seek the discipline and leadership training that the Regiment offers may choose to join the Regiment. Those students will be required to participate in and abide by all of the Regiment's rules and regulations, including wearing a uniform and participating in Regimental activities.
Rather than participate in Summer Sea term aboard the College training ship, Empire State VI, students will pursue at least one internship related to their academic major.