Regimental New Student
Welcome aboard, Midshipmen Under Guidance (MUGs)!
In years past, MUGs came to campus for a weekend of New Student Orientation during the summer before their first semester. While here, they met future shipmates, were fitted for their Regimental uniforms, and practiced ship-jumping skills in our indoor pool. Each activity was designed to introduce them to the mission and values of the Regiment and to prepare them for Regimental Preparatory Training (RPT).
This year, things will be different. Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have shifted traditional NSO activities to an online format and MUGs will participate in a series of Zoom sessions and webinars from their homes throughout the summer. A full schedule of events can be found here.
However, while the format for orientation has changed, our core goals have not. Your New Student Orientation experience will still prepare you for life on campus and give you the tools you need to succeed at Maine Maritime Academy.
Please keep an eye on the New Student Orientation and Fall 2020 websites for updates and information about programming. We also encourage you to check your MMA email regularly; the Dean of Student Services, the Financial Office, the Registrar’s Office, the Athletics Department, and the Commandant’s staff will all use this email address to communicate important information to our students. If you have questions about activating your email or accessing NSO materials, please contact us.
As the summer progresses, Maine Maritime Academy will be developing plans based on what is best for the health and safety of our community, including incoming Regimental students. While we are planning for your arrival later this summer, it is too soon for us to be able to say definitively whether MUGs will report for the traditional ten-day RPT session that has been held in the past. We will make every effort possible to make sure that all decisions regarding your arrival are communicated to you and your family in a timely manner. Unfortunately, much of this is outside of our control but we are just as anxious as you are to have you here on campus!
We are proud that you’ve chosen Maine Maritime Academy and are looking forward to a time when we are able to welcome you to MMA in person. In the meantime, stay connected and please be in touch with questions!
PERSONAL APPEARANCE (MEN)
Hair will be neatly trimmed, clean, and will present a well-groomed appearance. Hair on the back of the neck will not touch the collar and be evenly tapered to the bottom of the hairline. Individual hairs on the back of the neck will not extend outward greater than ¾ inches and must not touch the collar. Hair will be no longer than two (2) inches in length fully extended on the upper portion of the head and the sides must be blended to the top length. Sideburns are neatly trimmed and tailored in the same manner as the haircut. Sideburns are styled without taper and extend no lower than the middle of the orifice of the ear and will end with a clean shaven horizontal line. “Mutton chops”, “Ship’s Captain” or other grooming models are not authorized. Side burn individual hairs do not exceed ½ inch when fully extended. Hair will be groomed so that it neither touches the ears or collar, extend below the eyebrows when headgear is removed, nor interfere with proper wearing of headgear. The primary consideration remains a neatly groomed appearance for the hair style and the type of hair the Midshipman has. Eccentric haircuts are not authorized, i.e. Mohawks, beaver pelts, layered, shaved, plaited or the adding of any usual hair coloring, etc.
During RPT, MUGs will receive a crew cut as their first haircut in the Regiment. This crew cut will not be shorter than 1/8 inch. After RPT, the MUGs will be able to grow their hair out to the Midshipman standard. During that time, visits to the barber shop may be required to keep the hair within neatness standards described above.
PERSONAL APPEARANCE (WOMEN)
The purpose of hair regulations is to promote neat and professional appearance. Keep hair clean, neatly shaped, and arranged in a professional style. When in uniform, hair shall be worn so that it does not fall below the bottom of the collar. This shall be accomplished by either having the hair cut so as to be this length or by pulling the hair back and fastening it so that it meets this requirement. In either situation hair shall be worn so as to be neat and free of any loose “pennants”. No ribbons, bows, banana combs, etc. or other hair fasteners shall be visible except for gold, black, silver or natural hair color conservative type barrettes. Ponytails and pigtails are only permitted in the PT and Relaxed Uniforms. Hair must not show under the front of the brim of the garrison or dress cap. No eccentric haircuts, i.e. shaved sides, etc. The final decision is left up to the discretion of the Commandant. When in relaxed uniform hair may be worn down, so long as it is neat in appearance and is safe to do so.
During RPT, MUGs will be required to keep their hair within the Regimental standards described above. If the Commandant determines that a MUG is unable to maintain her hair to the Regimental standard in the limited time provided for grooming, a haircut may be required. In such cases, the haircut will only be completed by a licensed professional cosmetologist.
There are many classes, clubs and on-the-water recreational opportunities in and around Maine Maritime Academy. To reduce the need to share Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs or Lifejackets), all students (new and returning) are encouraged to arrive with their own PFD or purchase one through the MMA Bookstore or other area vendor. Please note that all lifejackets used in MMA activities must be Coast Guard approved (as evidenced by a permanent label inside the lifejacket), be of the proper size and buoyancy for the wearer, and be in good serviceable condition (no tears, broken clasps, or deteriorating floatation). Coast Guard Approved Type III (vest style) lifejackets are the most common and preferred for on-the-water activities. Float coats are appropriate in most situations. Inflatable PFDs may be used in some cases; however, they should be avoided when there is a high likelihood that the wearer will routinely enter the water as part of training or practice. If you are part of MMA’s Sailing Team, you should contact Coach Taylor if you have questions about PFDs. You may also contact the MMA Waterfront Staff or MMA Bookstore for more information about lifejackets.
Coast Guard Approved Type III (Vest Style) lifejackets:
Maine Maritime Academy Bookstore POC and contact info for questions regarding Lifejackets.
Kathy MacArthur, Manager
Maine Maritime Academy Bookstore
Castine, ME 04420
If you have questions call or email.