The Final Push

Friday, August 13th, 2021

Today is the last day of Pre-Orientation before 402 new Maritime Cadet Candidates arrive on Taylor’s Point for their two-week Orientation. This means the Cadre must make their final preparations and cement their learnings gained this week. The Cadre starts their day off with a run off campus, down the Cape Cod Canal. Cadences echo throughout the early morning, as a beautiful sunrise over the Cape Cod Bridge motivates everyone to keep running. This is a unified jog throughout each company.

To end the run in a climactic fashion, everyone finished strong by jumping off the boat docks on campus into Buzzards Bay. A sprint swim took place from the floating dock to shore. The Academy’s tradition calls for the upper class to jump in and “kiss” the bow of the TS Kennedy. Unfortunately, the Kennedy is being used by TX A&M for their annual Sea Term and is due back the latter part of Orientation. All companies dove into the water with the Regimental Staff being the last to make the swim together.

After breakfast, another important task was on the schedule. The cadre then proceeded to practice “The Oath”. This is the promise sworn in by 1/C Regimental Commander Daniel McAuliffe and 1/C Regimental Executive Officer, Brian Murray, stating that the Cadre will solemnly swear to do everything in their power to guide, inspire, and protect the new Cadet Candidates. The seriousness of this procedure can be seen as the Cadre raise their right hands promising to do everything they can to assist the Youngies’ betterment of themselves at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in every way possible.

Former Company Officer of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 4th company, LT Ryan DeCoste took the day off of work to come down and give an inspiring and motivating presentation on Coaching and Mentoring. It incorporated itself into the Cadre’s upcoming leadership opportunities in Orientation. The presentation was amazing. No Cadet left without at least five new positive ways to approach leadership and mentoring.

Final preparation included turning the gym into the gear and uniform distribution center with the help of the book store staff, Parent Association volunteers, and MMA staff members . This will be where the Youngies walk through and receive all their clothing, uniforms, and gear needed to start their journey at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Once everything was set up, Erica Simmons, the Follet book store manager, gave the Cadre an overview of how the Cadet Candidates will progress through the facility and how to go about the process.

Finally, endless hours have calculated every angle, the personnel has had the proper training, and all the pieces have been put together. The Cadre stands ready to pass on the torch and raise a new generation of Maritimers as Pre-Orientation ends, and Orientation begins.