As a new member of the Regiment of Cadets, you will go through a 10-day program called indoctrination, or Indoc for short.
During Indoc, you will learn what it means to be a cadet at Maritime, including the rules and regulations you will be expected to follow; basic skills and knowledge for life onboard a ship; and get to know your fellow mariners under guidance, or MUGs.
Every day of Indoc, you will wake up early in the morning for physical training – running, strength training and other calisthenics. After breakfast, you will go through a rotation of training on the Training Ship Empire State VI, in the college pool and around the campus waterfront. You will attend sessions with regimental commanders, faculty and other campus leaders.
You will live on the Empire State VI and will not be allowed to use your cell phone or watch television.
We won’t lie to you: Indoc is not easy. But upperclassmen and regimental officers are committed to helping you get through it. It’s not easy, but it’s not impossible.
Before Indoc Begins
- All indoctrination and uniform fees must be paid in full before you arrive on campus.
- Your health forms and other medical records must be submitted for evaluation by Maritime's medical staff.
- We strongly advise you to begin preparing for the physical fitness requirements that are an important part of indoc. Follow this recommended training program before you come to campus.
What to bring for indoc
As a new regimental student, you are required to purchase the full Uniform Requirements Package from the Ship's Store.
We recommend that you do not bring large amounts of cash with you to indoc. You may need some money for incidentals. The Ship's Store accepts all major credit cards and there is an ATM on campus.
During indoc, you will not be allowed to use clocks, watches, cell phones or computers. We recommend that you leave them at home, unless you are traveling from far away and won't be able to return home to get them.
The following additional items are required for indoc:
- TWIC (valid through September 2019)
- Passport, original or color copy (valid through September 2019)
- 2 white bath towels
- 2 pairs of blue jeans
- 2 combination locks
- Laundry detergent
- Nylon mesh laundry bag
- Black ballpoint pens
- White pillow case
- Postage stamps
- Running shoes, either cross-country or training sneakers
- 2 flat, extra-long, white sheets and sleeping bag
- Flip flops for the shower
- 10 pairs of white gym socks
- 4 pairs of black dress socks
- 2 wide-tip, black Sharpies
- 10 white crew-neck T-shirts
- 10 pairs of underwear
What to bring for the academic year
If you are traveling a long distance to come to Maritime, you may bring the following items with you for indoc. These items will be securely stored for you until indoc is over.
Please note that fourth-class cadets are not allowed to have rugs or furniture, other than what the college provides, in their rooms.
- Alarm clock
- Extra flat, extra-long, white sheets
- Cleaning supplies: Brasso metal polish, broom and dustpan, bucket and mop, all-purpose cleaner and windex, rags, sponges and paper towels
- Computer or laptop, printer
- Desk lamp
- Fan (not to exceed 20 inches)
- First-aid kit
- Gym bag
- Black scarf, no tassels
- School supplies: notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc.
- Shower caddy
- Surge protector (UL approved)
- Trash bin
Indoc begins Wednesday, August 15
You will be expected to arrive at a particular time on Wednesday; we will let you know closer to the start of indoc. When you arrive, you will be greeted by staff from the regiment and housing.
If you have any outstanding issues related to your medical paperwork or financial obligations, you must be prepared to fix them when you arrive. Bring all of the appropriate documentation with you.
If you have been injured or developed a medical condition that may prevent you from participating in indoctrination (ex. broken bones, serious sprains, etc.), contact Health Services at (718) 409-5424 to discuss any limitations.
Communication with family during indoc
MUGs are not allowed to make or receive calls or text messages during indoc.
In case of an emergency, please call the Regimental Assistant at (718) 409-7352 and she will find your student for you.
Students are allowed to receive mail at the following address:
Cadet's Name, 4/C (Please remember to include the 4/C)
SUNY Maritime College
6 Pennyfield Ave
Throggs Neck, NY 10465
Indoc Graduation is Saturday, August 25
At 10 a.m. on Reinhart Field, the incoming class will participate in a swearing-in ceremony and pass-in-review.
Parents and families are welcome to attend to see a demonstration of the accomplishments of the 10-day indoctrination period and watch as the new students become official members of the regiment of cadets.
At the end of the ceremony, cadets will be granted liberty.
New cadets are urged to return o campus by 10 p.m. Sunday, August 26. MUGs are required to attend morning formation at 0700 Monday, August 27.