It is an honor to be a cadet at Cal Maritime and that honor carries with it performance standards and responsibilities that exceed those found at other universities. A Cal Maritime cadet is asked to do more, is held to higher standards of personal conduct and professionalism, and is given more responsibility than the traditional college student.
Consequently, Cal Maritime cadets also attain more from their experience at the Academy. One of many added benefits is leadership development. It is the express vision of the Academy, with regards to leadership development, that we "provide all cadets with educational and experiential opportunities to develop their leadership skills as a core part of their college experience."
Cal Maritime, in keeping with the current literature in the field of student leadership development, recognizes the benefit of service work to the development of values-based leaders and engaged citizens. Service – doing good for the greater good – resonates deeply with the traditional maritime value to "be a good shipmate." Good shipmates share and foster a collective identity, a sense of belonging to crew and ship, and a socially-responsible orientation towards the crew, their vessel, and the environment in which they sail. So too, as members of the Corps of Cadets, Cal Maritime cadets assume a shared responsibility for the physical campus of the Academy, the quality of life and well-being of its members, and its good name in the world.
Our cadets are provided a variety of outlets for service work, including academic courses with service-learning components within some of our programs of study, community service events organized by the Community Engagement office and the Associated Students, and the Campus Stewardship program. Campus Stewardship is the only form of service work that is required, regardless of a cadet's program of study. By design, it is intended to promote and support, to the greatest extent possible, the maximum level of cadet initiative, leadership, and campus service, and to support our institutional values of dedication, respect, and responsibility.
Campus Stewardship is defined as any work, including planning, coordination, and execution, which creates, improves, maintains, or beautifies features of the physical campus of the Academy; which supports and benefits the on-campus community; or which promotes and increases the public reputation of the Academy.
Examples of service to the on-campus community include satisfactory performance of a Corps Officer position (ASCMA, Corps Staff, or Resident Assistant), Recognized Club or Student Organization Officer, campus beautification aboard ship and ashore, or volunteer support of official Academy events such as Preview Day. Cadets promote and increase the public reputation of the Academy in a variety of ways, including participation in varsity sports, military training programs, and Community Engagement events.
Beginning with the Class of 2016, the campus stewardship obligation is phasing in over three academic years. Currently, all 4th Class cadets are obligated to perform 15 hours of service per semester (effectively one hour per week) and 3rd Class cadets are obligated to serve 10 hours per semester. 2nd Class cadets will assume an obligation of 5 hours of service per semester beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. 1st Class cadets are not required to accrue stewardship hours, as it is assumed by virtue of their standing within the Corps that they are at all times good stewards of the Academy.
While 4th Class cadets may design and lead their own stewardship projects, 3rd and 2nd Class cadets are expected to perform their stewardship hours in some capacity of leadership of their projects.
Cal Maritime believes strongly in the value to the personal, professional, and leadership development of its cadets created by the Campus Stewardship program through the instilling of positive values and leadership skills. In an effort to emphasize and convey this belief , the Academy makes clear to its cadets that any portion of an individual cadet's campus stewardship obligation (rounded to whole hours) that remains unfulfilled for the current academic year at the end of each spring term is automatically converted to punitive Extra Duty hours, at a one-to-one conversion.