“TOP 10“ POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN MIDSHIPMEN GO TO SEA Below are our current “Top Ten” we are trying to pass on to our next group of Cadets going to sea. 1. KP arranges flights from KP to assignment, assignment to assignment, assignment back to KP USMMA CAN NOT arrange flights to homes. 2. There is NO guarantee of leave during sea period. 3. 1st time sailor goal is 110-120 commercial sea days. 4. 2nd time sailor MUST obtain the balance of days to bring commercial sea time to 300 days. 5. Chain of command for cadets is through the ATR: ALL MATTERS REGARDING THE SCHOOL OR SEA ASSIGNMENT MUST GO VIA THE ATR 6. Work day is 8 hours/day, 7 days/week, 2 to 3 hours spent on sea project; cadet turns to for all extra-ordinary routines (docking, undocking, anchoring, etc.). 7. Sea Year Guide has answers to most questions: READ THE SEA YEAR GUIDE! prior to contacting ATR with question. 8. CADETS ARE TREATED AS ADULTS while under our authority and are expected to act as adults on board ships. 9. Should have a credit card during Sea Year for convenience/emergencies. 10. From Dental Department: must have had the approved dental appointments and be cleared to go to sea. When on their Sea Year, the cadet’s primary point of contact is the ATR. They are each assigned an ATR that follows them throughout both sea years. Each cadet is given a card with the work and office phones of all ATRs and me. Their ATR should be contacted first in all cases, routine and emergency. E-mail is the primary method for routine communication. If their assigned ATR is not available at the time of their call, they should try again later that day. Also, tell them to be mindful of the day and time, especially if calling from overseas. The ATRs understand that sometimes there is only a small window of opportunity to make a call and they routinely field questions at night and on the weekends. In the case of emergencies and we mean true emergencies, when the assigned ATR is not available the cadet should call one of the other ATRs. Since the cadets’ definition of an emergency is sometimes different than the academy’s, for example: wanting to know your flight arrangements over a week before arrival in port is not an emergency— However, arriving in port and not having received your flights is an emergency. By now the phone system may have already been upgraded so it can automatically help find an available ATR in an emergency. The cadets are given a code word to include in a conversation or e-mail if they have a problem that they cannot discuss without fear of someone overhearing. This is not something they should use lightly because it sets gears in motion that move quickly to remove the cadet from that ship. Lastly, we don’t mean that they should complain if they’re being told something they don’t like and they want to see if “Daddy” will say okay when “Mommy” said no—as parents, I’m sure you are all aware of this “oldest trick in the book.” The ATRs are dealing with hundreds of cadets and sometimes there are misunderstandings of intents or desires. Tell your students that ATRs appreciate it most when a cadet comes out and asks for something directly instead of beating around the bush and expecting them to figure it out.