For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Regimental Manual - Chapter 5 Uniforms
Each cadet is required to be in the complete Uniform of the Day (UOD) whenever he/she is on the 00 deck of the dormitory or outside of the dormitory complex. The uniform of the day must be worn in the mess deck and all buildings outside the dormitory complex; this applies to the Harrington Building, Information Commons, Business Office, Academy Store, etc. Authorized exceptions to this policy include the following:
|102||Inspection of Uniforms
Articles of uniform clothing shall be inspected periodically by the Commandant of Cadets or his designee for quality, fit and quantity. Each cadet is required to maintain a full “sea bag” as outlined in paragraph 203. It is the responsibility of each cadet to maintain all uniforms in good repair and fit.
A. All cadets are authorized to maintain civilian clothing at the Academy. All civilian clothing worn by cadets must be of a conservative and acceptable nature. The wearing of conspicuous apparel, such as T-shirts with alcohol advertisements, incomplete outfits, unkempt or torn clothing or clothing generally inappropriate to accepted traditions and customs is not authorized.
B. Cadets may wear civilian clothing only on authorized leave or liberty and when departing from or returning to the Academy. The wearing of civilian clothing on campus is not permitted. Cadets of the Fourth Class are required to wear the uniform of the day when departing from or returning to the Academy.
C. All cadets may wear civilian clothing during authorized leave periods and many do so within the immediate Academy area. Authorized leave periods are Thanksgiving recess, Christmas recess, and spring/summer break.
D. No part of the prescribed uniform or equipment to include uniform jackets shall be worn with civilian clothing except for articles that do not present a distinctive military appearance, such as shoes, stockings, socks or underwear.
|104||Wearing of the Uniform on Official Business
A. Cadets engaged in official functions that bring them under the scrutiny of the general public are required to wear the appropriate uniforms. Cadets may not, however, wear the uniform to unofficial or non-Academy-sanctioned functions (e.g., appearing in court).
B. Uniforms are required for all Academy functions.
C. Cadets involved in the athletic program in an administrative capacity (i.e., statistician, time keeper, scorer, manager, etc.) will also be in appropriate dress. An appropriate uniform option is the issued MMA gym gear or MMA travel suit.
All cadets will wear appropriate undergarments at all times. These shall be of a color to minimize their display through outer items of clothing. Nylon hose worn by female cadets shall be of plain design and of flesh tone.
A. Name tags shall be worn with all classroom uniforms. Boiler suits will have name tapes. Name tags shall be worn at social functions and at all official functions - at or away from the Academy.
B. Standard name tags of the plastic clutch type, reflecting the proper class color, will be worn. For proper wearing of the name tag, see Figure 5-1. Nametags will be located 1/8” above the right breast pocket.
C. Authorized Regimental Commuters must wear a white name tag.
A. Shirt collar devices shall be worn on the tropical blue uniform. The devises consist of the following:
These shall be of a size prescribed by the Commandant of Cadets.
A. Shoulder devices shall be worn centered on the epaulette, if uniform appropriate, one (1) inch from the shoulder seam, as shown in figure 5-2. The devices consist of the following:
B. Cadets of the Fourth Class will not wear any devices until Freshman Recognition".
A. The Commandant periodically will authorize the award of ribbons for achievement and involvement in Academy and community events as recognized by the President, Master of the Training Ship, Academic Dean or another director. All ribbons awarded must be worn with the uniform of the day. U.S. military awards are authorized to be worn with MMA ribbons.
B. Ribbons, listed in order of decreasing merit, are awarded as follows:
1. Cadet Medal of Honor: awarded on an individual basis as determined by the President of cadets recognized for acts of heroic nature in life-threatening situations.
2. Admiral's Award: awarded on an individual basis as determined by the President to cadets recognized for lifesaving effort or outstanding contributions to the Academy or the community.
3. Master's Award: awarded on an individual basis by the Master of the Training Vessel for outstanding contributions
4. Commandant's Award: awarded on an individual basis as determined by the Commandant of Cadets to recognize high achievement and contributions and service to Academy and community. Also awarded to Cadet of the Semester.
5. Meritorious Sea Service: awarded on an individual basis as determined by the President for meritorious service at sea aboard training vessels or commercial ships.
6. President’s List: awarded to all cadets with a TQPA of 3.6 or higher.
7. Dean's List: awarded to all cadets with a TQPA of 3.3 to 3.59 or higher.
8. Emery Rice Scholar: awarded to those cadets selected as recipients of the Emery Rice Scholarship.
9. Edson Baxter Cates Scholar: awarded to those cadets selected as recipients of the Edson Baxter Cates Scholarship.
10. Tsongas Scholar: awarded to those cadets selected as recipients of the Paul Tsongas Scholarship.
11. Cadet Officer: awarded to any cadet serving as a First Class Cadet Officer. A bronze star is authorized for wear for those cadets who maintain positions both as Regimental Officers and Cruise Rates. If a cadet is forced to resign a position for disciplinary reasons, the right to wear this ribbon is revoked.
12. Indoctrination Officer: awarded to any cadet participating in the Indoctrination Period. If a cadet is forced to resign a position for disciplinary reasons, the right to wear this ribbon is revoked.
13. Honor Guard: awarded to any member of the Honor Guard after a full year's participation, determined by the Honor Guard Staff Advisor. All active participants are further authorized to wear an insignia consisting of lapel pin to be worn as directed.
14. Drill Team: awarded to any member of the Drill Team after a full year's participation, as determined by the Drill Team Staff Advisor.
15. Band: awarded to any member of the Regimental Band after a full year’s participation. A bronze star is authorized to be worn on the ribbon for any cadet achieving special recognition.
16. Chorus: awarded to any member of the Regimental Chorus after a full year’s participation. A bronze star is authorized to be worn on the ribbon for any cadet achieving special recognition.
17. Good Conduct: awarded to any cadet having perfect conduct (no demerits) in a conduct year.
18. Varsity Letter: awarded to any cadet earning a varsity letter as determined by the Director of Athletics.
19. Cadet Achievement: awarded to any cadet who achieves a third-party, externally awarded license tor certificate of significant achievement as approved by the Deputy Commandant.
20. Student Government Association: awarded to any cadet serving as an officer of the S.G.A. or as an officer of his/her respective class (President, vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sea Term Representative, or Social Chairperson).
21. Honor Company: awarded to members of the honor Company.
22. Orientation Achievement Award: awarded to all cadet officers and candidates whose company achieves the highest score during Orientation.
23. Eagle Scout: awarded to any cadet who has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
24. Cadet Tutor: awarded by the ARC Director to all cadets who have met the criteria outlined by the ARC for cadet tutors.
25. Printed & Performing Arts: awarded by the humanities department to performers in Maritime Players and/or cadets who have participated for at least two years on the student editorial staff of Turning Tides.
26. Girl Scout: awarded to all cadets who have been a part of girl Scouts in the past or who are presently involved in scouting.
27. Sea Term: awarded to all cadets who successfully complete a term at sea aboard the academy training ship.
28. Orientation Graduation: awarded to all cadets who successfully complete the Orientation program in August.
C. Ribbons will be issued by the Ship's Store to authorized cadets in accordance with a list submitted by the Office of the Commandant.
The Service Dress Blue uniform coat will be striped to indicate the cadet's class and rank in accordance with the following (Figure 5-1)
A. Cadet Officers: horizontal ¼” wide gold stripes, spaced ¼” apart located on each sleeve two (2) inches up from the cuff on the edge of the sleeve. The number of stripes will correspond to the cadet’s rank. One-half (1/4) inch above the uppermost stripe facing outboard on each sleeve will be a gold star. One point of the star will point downward.
1. General: Consists of stripes of yellow braid, ¼”-wide and the cadet’s major insignia.
B. Cadet First Class: Wear 3 stripes 2” above the parallel to the edge of the cuff. The stripes are centered between the rear seam and front crease. The major insignia is centered ¾” above stripes.
C. Cadet Second Class: Wear 2 stripes 2” above and parallel to the edge of the cuff. The stripes are centered ¾” above the stripes.
D. Cadet Third Class: Wear 1 stripe 2” above and parallel to the edge of the cuff. The insignia is centered between the rear seam and front crease. The major insignia is centered ¾” above the stripes.
E. Cadet Fourth Class: Wear no sleeve stripes. Center the Anchor insignia between the rear seam and front crease with the lower edge 2” above the edge of the cuff.
|201||Manner of Wearing
A. The prescribed uniform shall be worn at all times in a strict military manner. Jackets, coats and shirts shall be worn fully buttoned. Zippered jackets shall be zipped no less than 2/3 length. The black V-neck style pullover sweater in both light (acrylic) and heavy (wool) is authorized for daily wear. The sweater is worn over the short-sleeve classroom black shirt. The collar is worn outside of the sweater with appropriate insignia on the shirt collar. Class name tags are to be worn on the right side of the sweater. Authorized epaulets will be worn. Ribbons or other badges will not be worn with the sweater. The sleeve cuffs and any extra length at the bottom of the sweater is to be worn turned under, not flipped up. Dress slacks shall not be worn below the waistline, the sleeves of long sleeve dress shirts shall not be rolled. Covers shall be worn squarely on the head parallel to the deck. Hair shall not protrude from beneath the forward part of the cover. The forward edge of the cover shall be worn two fingers above the bridge of the nose. Ripped, torn, frayed, or unhemmed uniforms shall not be tolerated at any time. Ties will be two-blocked, shirt tails tucked in, and nothing shall protrude from pockets, nor will hands be thrust into pockets. Tie clasps shall be centered between the third and the fourth buttons, as shown in Figure 5-4. Shoes must be tied, and black socks must be worn above the ankle. All cadets are required to maintain the standards set forth for uniforms, any damaged or worn parts shall be replaced forthwith. All cadets should anticipate the normal wear and tear of uniforms and plan accordingly to replace such parts.
B. Cadets shall dress neatly and smartly at all times, with uniforms scrupulously clean and pressed in accordance with Figure 5-5. Gold lace, devices and insignia shall be bright and free from tarnish.
C. Cadets shall wear the uniform of the day at all times on the Academy campus except as specifically authorized by the Commandant of Cadets.
D. Cadets shall wear only those uniform devices, ribbons, or medals authorized by the Commandant of Cadets. Cadets with prior military service are encouraged to wear decorations or ribbons earned while on active duty. Cadets who are part of the student incentive program shall wear the Merchant Marine Reserve pin centered on their left breast pocket 1/8” above the pocket or ribbons if worn.
E. Cadets shall not wear covers indoors, except when on watch. Watch standers shall remain covered except during religious services or when authorized to sit at their post.
F. Skirts of the prescribed uniforms for female cadets shall be worn even with the crease in the back of the knee.
A. Neck chains with or without medals or crosses, watch chains, fobs, pins, or other similar articles of jewelry shall not be worn exposed upon the uniform or person. Body piercing (nose, eyebrows, tongues, lips, etc.) is not authorized and shall not be tolerated on campus. The display of pens, pencils, and other articles in outside pockets of uniforms is prohibited.
B. Conservative, all black sunglasses may be worn by 1/C cadets only. Neck straps that hold sunglasses around an individual's neck, also known as "croakies," must be a conservative dark blue or black.
C. 4/C will not use Ipods, mp3 players, or any other handheld music playing devices while anywhere on campus to include the gym, the dorms, etc.
The quantities of uniforms and equipment mentioned in this article represent minimum requirements. Each cadet is responsible to assess his or her own needs and to procure any excess over the figures listed. He/She is responsible for replacing lost or worn items to maintain these minimums. Cadets shall maintain a minimum uniform outfit as follows:
A. All articles of clothing or equipment shall be neatly marked with the owner's name using either an indelible laundry pen, a marking pen or a stencil kit. Articles shall be marked neatly as indicated below:
B. Black marking fluid shall be used when marking light-colored clothing and white marking fluid when marking dark clothing. Marking shall be done neatly and should not be visible when the item is worn except in those cases where it is so indicated.
Cadets participating in organize sports activities, intramural clubs, etc., will wear appropriate MMA athletic attire.
Specially authorized uniforms may be worn by the Regimental Band and Honor Guard.
The working uniform at the Academy will be prescribed normally for dirty work, the nature of which would soil the uniform of the day. The working uniform is restricted in its use. It may not be worn in the Dining Hall.
|208||Cadet Work Shoes
Only black shoes/boots are authorized. Cadets assigned to maintenance duties and classes, watches and details in the engine room of the training ship will be required to wear black safety work shoes/boots. Under no conditions will cadets e permitted to wear sneakers or other soft shoes in the engine room.
|209||Cold/Foul Weather Clothing
A. Only authorized outer garments are to be worn. No visible multi-colored "civilian" type coats or jackets are authorized.
B. Tasseled or colored watch caps, ski caps, or scarves are not authorized. Navy blue watch caps may be worn only when designated.
A. The following are the grooming standards for male cadets:
1. Hair shall be kept tapered, neat, clean, well groomed, and shall not touch the ears and collar. First Class and Second Class Cadet’s hair shall be evenly graduated to a length not exceeding one (1) inch on top. Third Class Cadet’s hair shall be evenly graduated to a length not exceeding one half (1/2) inch on top. Fourth Class Cadet’s hair shall be evenly graduated to a length not exceeding one eighth (1/8) inch on top. Deviations from these standards shall only be promulgated by the Regimental Commander.
2. Hair must look natural in color and complement the individual. Faddish styles and outrageous, multicolored, streaked hair is not authorized. The unique quality and texture of curled, kinked, waved and straight hair are recognized, but the styling of these hair textures must not interfere with the proper wearing of military headgear. Plaits or braided hair shall not be worn. Sideburns shall be kept neatly trimmed and tailored.
3. Sideburns shall not extend below a line parallel to the ground even with the highest part of the tragus. the vertical side will be straight with no flare.
4. First Class Caets may wear mustaches. The ends may not fall beyond the corners of the mouth nor below the top lip. Handlebar mustaches are prohibited. Beards are prohibited.
5. Earings are not authorized for male cadets at any time on campus.
B. The following are the grooming standards for female cadets:
1. While in uniform, hair must not fall below the lower edge of the back collar nor 2 inches beyond the front of the ears. Hair colorings must look natural and complement the individual. Faddish, outrageous hairstyles and multicolored hair are not permitted. Hairstyles shall not interfere with the prescribed standards of military smartness. Cornrows are not authorized.
2. Long hair will be kept in a neat bun and will not interfere with the correct wearing of the uniform cover. First Class female cadets may wear their hair in a French braid down the middle of the head. The braid must be tucked under at the end and hair must be kept above the collar.
3. No ribbons or ornaments shall be worn in the hair except for bobby pins, neatly and inconspicuously arranged, and/or black elastics or barrettes that approximate the color of the hari and are not conspicuous. Hair clips are not authorized.
4. Covers will be worn as part of the uniform, and the manner of wearing will be determined by standards of military smartness, not arrangement of hairstyle. Hair will not protrude below the front brim of the cover. Afro, natural, bouffant, and other similar hairstyles are permitted but exaggerated styles, including those with excessive fullness or height, are not authorized. In no case shall the bulk of the hair interfere with the proper wearing of the cover. Ponytails are not authorized.
5. Earrirngs: When in uniform, female cadets may wear a maximum of one earring per ear, centered on the earlobe. The earrings must be a plain, small, stud-type earring; colors of any kind shall not be accepted.
6. Cosmetics (including nail polish) shall be applied in good taste so that colors blend with natural skin tone (neutrals). Exaggerated or faddish cosmetics styles shall not be worn with the uniform. Fourth Class females are not allowed to wear any make-up unless it is a foundation/cover-up in modest amounts.