Develop honor, integrity, discipline, and comradery in the leadership laboratory that is the Regiment of Midshipmen at Maine Maritime Academy. You’re required to participate in the Regiment only if you’re pursuing an unlimited U.S. Coast Guard license as part of your major but students in all majors can elect to participate if they’re interested.
Here at Maine Maritime Academy, we prepare our students for leadership roles from day one. All the students in the regiment begin with our regimental preparatory training or RPT. There, you immediately learn the ideas of teamwork, looking out for each other, or a shipmate concept, and how to be a good follower, but quickly transition from not only being that follower, but starting to be responsible, not only for yourself, but for your shipmates and then to a larger group.
I'm the regimental senior stryker. So when the freshmen are coming in, it's my job to aid and assist them in training for getting them prepared to be in the regiment.
The regiment offers a student the opportunity to practice responsibility and taking care of each other. They have the opportunity to practice duty and hard work and camaraderie, but also decision making and judgment in their everyday activities. So that when it's the time for that critical judgment and critical decision, they've had the chance to practice.
Roughly 10% of our regiment's made up of non unlimited license majors. They work right alongside all of the other students in the regiment. All leadership opportunities are available to them. In fact, we do have non unlimited license majors in some of our highest ranking regimental positions.
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