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Regimental Manual - Chapter 7 Honor Competition and Individual Cadet Awards
101 Honor Company Competition is comprised of each company's Fall Semester participation in a broad range of individual and group activities. Each company will accumulate points toward Honor company on the basis of its performance in various competitions. Points are awarded in each of the following categories on a weighted basis:
- Emery Rice--5%
- Demerits (Fall):--5%
- Drill Competition--5%
102 The objectives of the Honor Company Competition are:
A. To promote esprit de corps and team play.
B. To develop the ability to work together for a common goal.
C. To instill a sense of honor and pride.
D. To develop responsible leadership.
E. to recognize individual and group achievement.
F. To recognize positive behaviors through effective performance and sincere praise
201 The Academic Competition portion counts as 35% of the fall semester's total grade point average for each Company. Scores will be tabulated according to the company's ranking. For example, 7 being the highest point allowance, multiplied by the weight (i.e., the first place company receives 7 points x the 35% for this area= 210 points total. These points are then added to the other areas of competition.
301 The Intramural competition counts as 20%. Each Company has an appointed Cadet Intramural Officer, who is responsible for submitting teams in the various intramural events. Intramural events consist of bombardment, volleyball, basketball, street hockey, water polo, and softball. The company with the highest winning record will receive 7 points which is multiplied by the weighted percentage (which is 20% to tally all 120 points possible).
401 Extracurricular Activities count as 15%. Honor Company points are awarded on the basis of the total number of cadets from each company who participate on various committees or clubs. Those that count toward points are the Yearbook Staff, SGA Officers, and specifically designated community service activities. Scores will be tabulated by the company's ranking and then multiplied by 10% with the highest available being 100 points.
501 Orientation accounts for 15% of the Honor Company score. The Fourth Class Cadets of each company competes in various events during the orientation training. Scores are tabulated by each Company's ranking in which 7, = the highest possible score and is then multiplied by the 15% weighting to contribute 90 possible points toward the total Honor Company tally.
601 The Fourth Class, under the direction of the oncoming Company commander, will take to the field to compete in marching under the supervision of qualified judges. This competition accounts for five percent of the Honor Company point total.
701 Emery Rice day consists of various activities that receive points for participation. Each Company enters cadets into the various events competing for points. A first place win receive three points, second place receives two points, and third place receives one point. The points are then tallied to count toward the overall Honor Company total. This competition accounts for five percent of the Honor Company point total.
801 The year's total of Class II demerits per Company are tallied and then divided by the number of cadets per Company to come up with demerits per cadet. This will account for five percent towards Honor Company.
901 Honor Company Competition is administered by the Regimental Executive Officer and the Company Cadet Intramural Officers.
902 The Company that accumulates the highest point total is declared Honor Company. If there is a tie for various Honor Company categories, each Company that tied will receive the points that are allocated for the placing of the tied position, (e.g., if two companies tie for third place in the Monomoy race, each will receive 20 points awarded for third place). There willl be no fourth place awarded in this case.
1000 Admiral's Cup Competition is comprises of each company's orientation participation in a broad range of group activities. Points are awarded in each of the following categories on a weighted basis:
- Final Exams: 25%
- Intramurals: 20%
- Master's Competition: 15%
- Monomoy Race: 5%
- Esprit de Corps: 20%
- Field Day Competition: 5%
- Drill Competition: 10%
1001 Final Exam
The Final Exam portion counts as 25% of the Admiral's Cup Competition. Ranking will be determined by the overall average of each company, taking the total score and dividing it by the number of cadet candidates in each company. The first place company will receive 7 points x the 25%for this area equals 150 points total, and so on. These points are then added to the other areas of competition.
The Intramurals competition counts as 20% of the Admiral's Cup Competition. After each day of intramural competition, the Regimental Executive Officer will receive the score and tally the winning record for each company. The company with the highest winning record will receive 7 points x the 20% for this area = 120 points, and so on.
1003 Master's Competition
Master's Competition will count as 15% of the Admiral's Cup Competition. Each company will select teams for each of the various events and compete for the fastest time. The Master's Competition winner is awarded the Master's Award. The companies will be ranked in each event, and the overall highest ranking company will receive 90 points for first place. The second place company will receive 75 points and so on.
1004 Esprit de Corps (Motivation)
Esprit de Corps, or Motivation, will count for 20% of the Admiral's Cup Competition. Each day, the Regimental Staff will rank each company during the lunch and dinner patio inspection. The average of the two rankings will become the overall average of that day. The Talent Show competition and daily room inspections will also count towards Esprit de Corps. The Trustee's Award is presented to the winner of the Esprit de Corps category. During the two weeks of orientation, the Regimental Executive Officer will keep all the ranking, and will calculate the final ranking. The first place company will receive 120 points and so on.
1005 Drill Competition
The Cadet Candidates, under the direction of the Company Commander will take to the field to compete in marching under the supervision of qualified judges. The drill competition winner is awarded the Marching Company Award. Scores will be tabulated by the company's ranking and then multiplied by 10% with the highest available being 70 points for the first-place company.
1006 Admiral's Cup Program Administration
Admiral's Cup Competition is administered by the Regimental Commander and the Regimental Executive Officer. The company that accumulates the highest point total is declared the winner of Admiral's Cup. The company finishing in second place, overall, is awarded the Commandant's Award.
1101 Selection Criteria
A. The Cadet of the Month, Semester and Year are selected for displaying a positive, cooperative and unselfish attitude toward their shipmates. The Cadet of the Month, Semester and Year take initiative in their companies to improve the living conditions in the Company and take an active part in Company activities. The Cadet of the Month, Semester and Year show enthusiasm and loyalty to their shipmates by giving of their time and selves for the betterment of their morale and welfare. They maintain a good conduct record, good academic grades and an outstanding personal appearance.
B. The Master's Award is given to cadets who have a good conduct record [not on conduct probation and not over twenty-five (25) demerits on current Sea Term] and outstanding achievement in the areas of watch standing, maintenance, training, inside maintenance and additional cadet activities.
A. Cadet of the Month - At the end of September, October, and November, March, April and May, each Company Officer and Cadet Staff will select a maximum of three cadets for Cadet of the Month. Each cadet will be entitled to wear a gold star. A cadet may be selected more than once.
B. Cadet of the Semester - At the end of November and May, one cadet from each company will be selected by his/her Company Officer and Company Staff to be Cadet of the Semester. Each cadet will receive a letter of appreciation from the Commandant of Cadets and be entitled to wear the Commandant’s Award Ribbon as long as he/she is a member of the Regiment of Cadets. A cadet may be selected for more than one semester. In the event that a cadet is selected for more than one semester, he/she will receive a bronze star for each semester selected, and the star(s) will be affixed to the ribbon.
C. Master’s Award - At the end of the Sea Term, a committee composed of the Chief Engineer, Chief Mate, Commandant of Cadets and department chairs from each discipline will select cadets from each major in each class to be Cadet of the Sea Term. All cadets nominated for the award will receive a letter of appreciation from the Master of the training ship. The award winners will receive the “Master’s Award” ribbon and a letter of commendation from the Master of the training ship.
D. Cadet of the Year - At the end of May of each year, one cadet from each Company will be selected by his/her Company Officer and Company Staff to be Cadet of the Year. Any cadet selected as cadet of the year must be an under-classmen. Each cadet selected will receive a letter of commendation from the President of the Academy and be entitled to wear the “Admiral’s Award” ribbon as long as he/she is a member of the Regiment of Cadets. In the event that a cadet receives the award more than once, he/she will be entitled to wear a bronze star for each award. In addition, a cadet who is awarded “Cadet of the Year” will be awarded a $250.00 scholarship, to be awarded at the beginning of the subsequent fall term.