New members of the Regiment of Cadets participate in a 10-day program called indoctrination (INDOC). During INDOC, new members learn what it means to be a cadet at Maritime including the rules and regulations they are expected to follow, basic skills and knowledge for life onboard a ship, and becoming familiarized with fellow mariners under guidance (MUGs).

Each day of INDOC, new members will wake up early in the morning for physical training – running, strength training and other calisthenics. After breakfast, they will participate in a rotation of training on the Training Ship Empire State VI, college pool and around the campus waterfront. They will also attend sessions with regimental commanders, faculty and other campus leaders.

During INDOC, new members will live on the Empire State VI and will not be allowed to use cell phones or watch television. INDOC is very challenging, but upperclassmen and regimental officers are committed to helping new members make it through the program. While it’s not easy, it’s not impossible.

INDOC Arrival Day: Wednesday, August 14

New cadets are expected to arrive at a particular time on Wednesday, August 14. Details for INDOC Arrival Day are available here. Upon arrival, new cadets will be greeted by staff from Regiment and Housing. 

Before INDOC Begins

  • All indoctrination and uniform fees must be paid in full before arrival on campus.

  • Health forms and other medical records must be submitted for evaluation by Maritime's medical staff.

  • It is strongly advised that new regimental students begin preparing for the physical fitness requirements of INDOC. Follow this recommended training program before coming to campus.

  • Any outstanding issues related to medical paperwork or financial obligations must be addressed and resolved upon arrival. Bring all appropriate documentation. 

  • If an injury or medical condition arises that prevents participation (e.g., 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 to contact the student.

Students are allowed to receive mail at the following address:

Cadet's Name, 4/C (Please include the 4/C)
SUNY Maritime College
6 Pennyfield Ave
Throggs Neck, NY 10465

What to Bring for INDOC

New regimental students are required to purchase the full Uniform Requirements Package from the Ship's store. It is recommended that new regimental student do not bring large amounts of cash to INDOC as money for incidentals may be needed. The ship's store accepts all major credit cards and an ATM is on campus.

During INDOC, new members will not be allowed to use clocks, watches, cell phones or computers. It is recommend those items be left at home unless it is not possible to return home to retrieve them before the start of the Fall semester. Those items will be taken and stored for the duration of INDOC.

The following additional items are required for INDOC: 

  • TWIC (valid through September 2020)

  • Passport, original or color copy (valid through September 2020)

  • 2 white bath towels

  • 2 pairs of blue jeans

  • 2 combination locks

  • Laundry detergent

  • Nylon mesh laundry bag

  • Paper

  • Black ballpoint pens

  • Pillow

  • 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

  • Toiletries

  • 10 pairs of underwear

What to Bring for the Academic Year

For those traveling long distance to Maritime, bring the items listed below for INDOC. These items will be securely stored until INDOC is complete.

Fourth-class cadets are not allowed to have rugs or furniture in their rooms other than what the college provides.

  • Alarm clock

  • Batteries

  • Extra flat, extra-long, white sheets

  • Calculator

  • 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

  • School supplies: notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc.

  • Shower caddy

  • Surge protector (UL approved)

  • Trash bin

INDOC Graduation: Saturday, August 24

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 a demonstration of the accomplishment of the indoctrination period and watch as new students become official members of the Regiment of Cadets. Cadets will be granted liberty at the end of the ceremony.

New Cadets are required to return to campus by 10 p.m. Sunday, August 25. MUGs are required to attend morning formation at 0700 Monday, August 26.