Uniforms are required at The California Maritime Academy. Within the Corps of Cadets, uniforms and insignia are used to identify class standing and individual assignments to positions of responsibility, authority, and trust. The uniform is federally mandated by the Maritime Administration for all maritime academies. Cadets must take pride in their personal appearance in uniform. Maintaining a neat, orderly appearance in uniform makes an outward statement about a cadet's commitment to his or her professional development. The first opinion a visitor or potential employer formulates of a CSUM cadet is difficult to change later. Therefore, cadets must be conscious of their appearance in uniform at all times. The ability to perform a simple task such as keeping one's uniform in good order or taking pride in one's appearance says a great deal about a cadet's character and willingness to take responsibility for much more difficult tasks. Because the appearance of the Corps of Cadets is a reflection of Cal Maritime, these regulations require cadet uniforms shall be neat, clean, well fitted, and worn with pride in the Corps. How a uniform is worn is not subject to personal interpretation or personal fashion styles.
Of utmost importance is the ability to maintain a professional appearance at all times as a cadet. For the complete uniform and grooming policies refer to the Student Handbook (link on the left, page 66 in the pdf), however, generally this means:
o Khaki trousers, khaki short or long sleeve shirt
o Khaki web belt with brass buckle
o Black plain toed shoes, polished, with black socks
o Appropriate collar devices and nametag
o CSUM baseball cap
o Khaki combination cover (when prescribed)
o Khaki skirt, hosiery and plain black pumps (optional for women)
o Khaki garrison caps (optional)
o For Men: No longer than four inches and graduated to a maximum of ¼ inch at bottom; shall not touch the top of the collar; shall not touch the outer rim of the ear or extend below the eyebrows when headgear is removed.
o For Women: May touch, but not fall below, the lower edge of the collar; pins, combs, or barrettes must be of a neutral color or color similar to individual's hair.