Orientation: What to bring/How to prepare

From Health Services: What to bring to Orientation

  • Corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses. Be sure to bring an extra pair.
  • Prescription medications. Be sure that you have a current, valid prescription. This is particularly important for ADD/ADHD medicines or any controlled substances that show up during drug screening. We advise that you lock any ADD/ADHD medicine in a small locked box.
  • Epi-pens and a back-up Epi-pens if prescribed for an allergy. Carry an Epi-pen in your fanny pack during Orientation.
  • Over the counter medicines that you use routinely. This includes allergy medicine, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, decongestants, cortisone or other creams, band-aids
  • Hygiene and toiletry items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, oral rinses, soaps and shampoos, nail clippers. Bring brands that you have always used to prevent rashes and skin reactions.
  • Sunscreen if you need a special brand.
  • Foot powder to keep feet dry and prevent blisters or infections.
  • When purchasing socks and underwear stay away from 100% cotton items that retain moisture. Fabrics that wick moisture are highly recommended. Some cadet wear wicking compression shorts under their PT gear shorts. Please be sure these are not longer than the PT gear. It is ok if compression shorts are not white, just be sure to have some white underwear for the top of your drawer during inspections.

What you can do to prepare for Orientation

  • Train by running daily and doing push-ups and sit-ups
  • Adjust your sleep pattern. Get up early each day and go to bed earlier each night
  • Break in your running shoes. Do not come to Orientation with new shoes!
  • Remember that the Academy drug-free policy is in effect all year long
  • Study the Youngie Knowledge now! It is difficult to retain information when you are fatigued.
  • Notify Health Services with any changes to your health profile that may have occurred

Common Medical Issues During Orientation


Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Health Services, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532  .  Phone: 508-830-5048  .  Fax: 508-830-6468