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. APPOINTMENT AND TRAINING
OF CADET OFFICERS
IN THE UNITED STATES
Revised January 8, 1942
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EMERGENCY REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE APPOINT-
MENT AND TRAINING OF CADET OFFICERS IN
THE UNITED STATES MARITIME COMMISSION CADET
UNrrED STATES MARITIME COMMISSION,
Washington, January 8, 1942.
Under authority of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended,
the following revised regulations governing the appointment and
training of Cadet Officers in the United States Maritime Commission
Cadet Corps are prescribed and issued for the duration of the emer-
gency proclaimed by the President May 27, 1941. All previous
regulations which may conflict with the following are hereby
By direction of the Commission.
W. C. PEET, Jr., Secretary.
All communications relating to matters connected with the appoint-
ment and training of cadet officers in the United States Maritime
Commission Cadet Corps should be addressed to:
Supervisor of Cadet Training
United States Maritime Commission
Washington, D. C.
ARTICLE 1. (a) A candidate must be not less than 19 nor more
than 25 years of age on the date application is received. If less than
21 years of age, the application shall contain written consent of a
parent or guardian.
(b) He must possess a license, under which he has not served, as
Third Mate-Ocean, or original Second Mate-Ocean, or Third
Assistant Engineer-Unlimited, or original Second Assistant Engi-
neer-Unlimited, issued by the Bureau of Marine Inspection and
Navigation of the United States Department of Commerce.
(c) A candidate must satisfy the Supervisor of Cadet Training as
to his good moral character.
(d) A candidate must satisfy the Supervisor of Cadet Training
that he has sufficient educational qualifications to pursue courses of
study which are prescribed for Cadet Officers.
(e) A candidate must be unmarried. Any cadet officer who shall
marry or who shall be found to be married before completion of
training shall be requested to resign and, failing to do so, shall be
dismissed by the Supervisor of Cadet Training.
(f) No person who has been dismissed or compelled to resign from
the United States Maritime Commission Cadet Corps, a Government
service academy. or a State Maritime academy, for improper conduct,
or who has been dishonorably discharged from the armed.. forces 'of
the United States, or who has been dismissed for cause or has re-
signed with prejudice as a civil employee. of the United States is
eligible for an appointment as. a cadet officer in the United States
Maritime Commission Cadet Corps.
(g) A candidate must enroll or be enrolled, as a cadet, Merchant
Marine Reserve, or hold a commission in the United States Naval
Reserve, to be eligible for appointment as cadet officer.
ARTICLE 2. (a) No physical examination will be required of can-
didates who are enrolled in the Naval Reserve. Candidates who are
not enrolled in the Naval Reserve will be required to pass the Naval
Reserve physical examination for appointment as Cadet, Merchant
Marine Reserve, without waiver. If waiver is recommended,
candidates cannot be appointed until after waiver is approved by
the Navy Department.
(b) Any defect or disease developed by a cadet officer during train-
ing, which would result in his discharge from the United States
Naval Reserve, will be sufficient cause for the Supervisor of Cadet
Training to terminate his training as a cadet officer.
ARTICLE 3. (a) Application for appointment as cadet officer, fully
completed, together with all supporting papers, shall be submitted
to the Supervisor of Cadet Training.
(b) Graduates of the United States Maritime Commission Cadet
Corps may submit requests for promotion to cadet officers in lieu of
ARTICLE 4. (a) A candidate who is not a graduate of an approved
State Maritime Academy or the United States Maritime Commis-
sion Cadet Corps, but has attended other schools, shall submit a
properly attested certificate listing subjects and grades received at
accredited schools or colleges. The school certificates shall be for-
warded by the respective accredited schools direct to the Supervisor
of Cadet Training, United States Maritime Commission, Washing-
ton, D. C., on the form prescribed and furnished by the Supervisor
of Cadet Training.
(b) A candidate who is a graduate of an approved State Maritime
Academy shall submit a properly attested certificate from his -State
Maritime Academy in which shall be listed subjects studied, grades
received, and class standing on graduation. No certificates will be
required of graduates of the United States Maritime Commission
(c) The Supervisor of Cadet Training shall reject any candidate
whose school certificates cause doubt as to his ability to pursue the
self-study courses prescribed for cadet officers.
(d) A candidate must submit one full face photograph of passport
(e) A candidate, except a graduate of the United States Maritime
Commission Cadet Corps, must submit a letter from the Superintend-
ent of an approved State Maritime Academy or last employer (if not
a graduate of an approved State Maritime Academy), certifying good
ARTICLE 5. (a) A candidate shall be placed on the eligible list after
it is determined that the qualifications herein prescribed have been
(b) The lists of eligible deck cadet officers and engineer cadet
officers will be divided into coastal areas by the Supervisor of Cadet
Training. Successful candidates will be assigned to the cadet schools
indicated below, or direct to ships, or to locations of special training
Atlantic Coast Cadet School Gulf Coast Cadet School Pacific Coast Cadet School
Connecticut Alabama Arizona
Delaware Arkansas California
Illinois Florida Colorado
Indiana Georgia Idaho
Maine Iowa Montana
Maryland Kansas Nevada
Massachusetts Kentucky New Mexico
Michigan Louisiana North Dakota
Minnesota Mississippi Oregon
New Hampshire Missouri South Dakota
New Jersey Nebraska Utah
New York Oklahoma Washington
North Carolina South Carolina Wyoming
Ohio Tennessee Alaska
Pennsylvania Texas Hawaii
Rhode Island Canal Zone
District of Columbia
(c) In the event the eligible list for a coast -becomes exhausted,
the Supervisor of Cadet Training may make assignments from other
(d) A candidate will be advised of his standing on the coastal
deck or engineer eligible lists on request to the Supervisor of Cadet
(e) An eligible candidate who accepts another shipboard position,
pending assignment as cadet officer, must advise the Supervisor of
Cadet Training of the name of the vessel on which he is serving and
the dates, his capacity, and United States ports of call of such vessel.
Failure to observe this regulation will result in removal of name from
(f) A candidate on the eligible list must advise the Supervisor of
Cadet Training promptly when he ceases to be available for assign-
ment arid wishes his name removed from list. Such a candidate
shall inform the Supervisor of Cadet Training, in writing, with the
reasons for his withdrawal.
APPOINTMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS
ARTICLE 6. (a) Selected candidates shall be assigned by the Super-
visor of Cadet Training to the cadet schools or direct to ship or
location of special training as vacancies occur.
(b) The Supervisor of Cadet Training may give preference to
those eligible candidates who have completed the courses for cadets
in the United States Maritime Commission Cadet Corps or in an
unlicensed capacity with the steamship company to which a cadet
officer is to be assigned; provided the eligible candidate is recom-
mended by the steamship company.
(c) If the steamship company employer with a vacancy for cadet
officer does not recommend an eligible candidate under the provisions
of paragraph (b) of this section, the Supervisor of Cadet Training
shall make assignments from amongst those candidates on the eligible
lists who have been on such eligible lists the longest in point of time.
(d) The Supervisor of Cadet Training may select qualified
eligibles for postgraduate training in vessels of the United States
Coast and Geodetic Survey and other Government agencies and at
locations of special training ashore.
(e) After appointment and assignment to cadet school, cadet of-
ficers shall arrange to procure textbooks for the first year course of
study, and the uniforms designated by district instructors or com-
manding officers of cadet schools.
(f) The Supervisor of Cadet Training, the district instructor; or
when authorized by the Supervisor of Cadet Training, the com-
manding officer of the cadet school may order any cadet officer to
his home after a period at cadet school and there await assignment
to a vessel. In such cases, a cadet officer will be reimbursed for trans-
portation, at the rate of 5 cents per mile from school to home and
from home to vessel, but will not receive pay or allowances during
period away from school or vessel.
(g) Candidates high on the eligible lists must be prepared to
report promptly to cadet school or locations of special training
ashore, or direct to ships on short notice.
.(A) The name of an eligible will be removed from the list if he
fails to acknowledge receipt of instructions by telegram within 24
hours of receipt of same, fails to report, or rejects assignment without
acceptable reason. The Supervisor of Cadet Training shall decide
whether reason offered is acceptable.
(i) Candidates or cadet officers shall not be permitted to select
vessel or steamship company employer, and steamship companies shall
not be permitted to select candidates or cadet officers except as
provided in article 6 (b).
(j) The district instructor, or, when directed by the supervisor of
Cadet Training, the commanding officer of. the cadet school will
* (1) Oath of office as United States Maritime Commission
cadet officer and taking of fingerprints;
(2) The Division of Finance to commence pay of cadet officer
on date he .reports to cadet school;
(3) Furnishing of prescribed study assignments, quizzes, cir-
cular letters, and supplementary study material;
(4) Assignment to cadet school;
(5) Detachment from cadet school and assignment to a vessel;
(6) The Division of Finance to reimburse for pay due while
at cadet school and travel allowance, upon detachment from
(7) Introduction to proper shore official of steamship company
to which assigned.
:(k) The -shore official of the steamship company will instruct
cadet officers relative to-
S (1) Company regulations.
(2) Approval of Master.
(3) Signing of ship's articles and commencement of pay from
(l) Certificates of appointment signed by the Secretary of the
united States Maritime Commission and the Supervisor of Cadet
Training shall be issued to all cadet officers after appointment.
COURSE OF TRAINING
ARTICLE 7. (a) Cadet officers must prove to the district instructor,
who will visit their vessels while in United States ports, that they
have been applying themselves diligently.
(b) Cadet officers shall be supplied with regulations, instructions,
and circular letters, before sailing on their first voyage, or before
assignment to cadet school.
(c) Cadet officers shall make application for the Naval Reserve
correspondence courses listed below, prior to assignment to cadet
school or vessel.
(d) The courses of study shall be as follows, except as may be.
changed by direction of the Supervisor of Cadet Training:
Cadet Officers (D) Cadet Officers (E)
Naval Reserve Correspondence course Naval Reserve Correspondence course
Navigation (A) Engineering
(e) In addition to the foregoing, cadet officers may be detailed to
shore training at shipyards, plants, educational institutions, or
specialized training aboard vessels of the United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey and other Government agencies.
(/) Cadet officers must purchase all prescribed textbooks excepting
texts loaned by the Navy.
(g) Cadet officers shall be advised by circular letters of any change
made in their curricula by the Supervisor of Cadet Trainining.
ARTICLE 8. (a) Cadet officers will receive pay at the rate of $100
per month from the United States Maritime Commission while at
cadet schools and while serving aboard United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey vessels for special training. Pay while at cadet
school will commence on the date of reporting to the commanding
officer and will terminate on the date of detachment from cadet
(b) A candidate who receives an appointment as cadet officer and
is assigned to a cadet school will be expected to serve as cadet officer
on board ship to which assigned, in order to receive reimbursement
for transportation and pay while at cadet school. While at cadet
schools, cadet officers shall assist the instructors, as directed by the
commanding officer of the cadet school.
(c) Cadet officers initially assigned to the cadet schools shall not
receive their pay or transportation allowances until after the date
of their detachment from cadet school for assignment to ships or
places of special shore training.
(d) Cadet officers will receive minimum pay at a rate of $100 per
month during their first year aboard merchant vessels and $120 per
month during their second year aboard merchant vessels, from their
steamship company employers.
(e), In addition to minimum rates of pay, steamship companies
shall grant to cadet officers the same percentage of increases for war
or other emergency bonuses as is granted to third officers.
ARTiciL 9. (a) The Maritime Commission shall reimburse cadet
officers at the rate of 5 cents per mile, based on the official mileage
-tables of the War Department, for their traveling expenses:
(1) From home town to port wherein cadet school is located,
after reporting to the commanding officer of cadet, school,
execution of oath of office as cadet officer of the United States
Maritime Commission, and detachment from cadet school for
:assignment to vessel or places of special shore training.
(2) From port wherein cadet school is located to port where
vessel to which cadet officer is assigned, or where place of special
shore training is located.
(3) From port where detached from vessel to port wherein
cadet school or place of special shore training is located.
(4) From port of cadet school to home and from home to port
where vessel to which assigned or a place of special shore train-
inrg is located, after having been ordered by the district instructor
to his home to await assignment to a vessel or place of special
S() Requests from cadet officers for transportation reimbursement,
properly endorsed and approved by the district instructor, will be
submitted to the district auditors of the United States Maritime
Commission at either San Francisco, New York, or New Orleans for
their action. When cadet officers are transferred from one district
to: another, the mileage voucher will be prepared, approved, certified,
and .,paid in the district to which the cadet officer has been
(c) Cadet officers will not be reimbursed by the Maritime Commis-
gion fpr travel expenses to and from cadet schools or ships or places
of special shore training while they are on leave, unless ordered home
froni the cadet school by the Supervisor of Cadet Training or the
district instructor to wait for assignment to ships or places of special
*ARTICLE 10. (a) Cadet officers, while assigned to cadet schools, will
be furnished with quarters and subsistence by the United States
Maritime Commission. Laundry service, not to exceed $1 per week
for any one cadet officer, will also be paid by the United States Mari-
(b) Cadet officers, while on special assignments ashore away from
the cadet school and when so authorized by the Supervisor of Cadet
Training, or district instructors, will receive an allowance of $45 per.
month for quarters, subsistence, and other living expenses, in addition
to their pay from the United States Maritime Commission, provided
steamship companies, shipyards, or others to whom cadet officers are
assigned for special training ashore do not pay such wages or
(c) Cadet officers, while assigned to merchant vessels will be fur-
nished quarters and subsistence gratis by the steamship company
(d) Cadet officers, while traveling on orders of a steamship com-
pany, or when quarters and subsistence are not furnished aboard
ship, shall receive the same allowances for transportation, quarters,
and allowance as third officers of the steamship company.
QUARTERS AND MESS
ARTICLE 11. (a) Cadet officers aboard ship shall be berthed in
rooms with other cadet officers or cadets in that part of the vessel
designated as officers' or first-class passenger quarters.
(b) Cadet officers shall mess with licensed deck and engineer
AnTICLE 12. (a) Cadet officers shall receive the same annual leave
with pay as is granted by employers to their licensed officers.
ARTICLE 13. (a) Cadet officers assigned to cadet school, before their
first assignment to ships, shall make a deposit sufficient to cover the
cost of uniforms and textbooks designated by the district instructor
or commanding officer of cadet school and furnished by the Division
of Purchase and Supply of the United States Maritime Commis-
sion. The cost of such uniforms and textbooks shall be deducted
from this deposit plus pay earned while at cadet school.
UNIFORMS, INSIGNIA, TEXTBOOKS, EQUIPMENT
ARTICLE 14. (a) Cadet officers shall purchase uniforms, insignia,
textbooks, and equipment as prescribed by the Supervisor of Cadet
Training in Uniform Regulations for United States Maritime Com-
mission Cadet Corps,. cireular.letters, and designated by the district
instructor or commanding officer of cadet schools.
(b) The Supervisor of Cadet Training shall prescribe those items
of uniform, insignia, textbooks, and equipment that shall be possessed
and. maintained during. the period of training, or made optional, in
accordance with the following groups:
G' roup 1 shall-include personal items, such as underwear, shirts,
:etc.r that must be possessed upon reporting to the cadet school.
Group ff shall include items of uniform, insignia, textbooks;
iand equipment in designated quantities, which may be furnished
by the Division of Purchase and Supply, and the costs deducted
from. pay while at cadet school.
"- '%"-rioup 3 shall include those additional items of uniform, in-
signia, textbooks, and equipment which cadet officers.shall pur-
lichase after leaving the cadet school and/or while serving in ships
'c or locations of special training ashore.
Group 4 shall include those items of uniform and equipment
that till be optional for cadet officers during the entire period
c) Uniforms, insignia, textbooks, and equipment as designated by
the district instructor or commanding officer of cadet school, shall be
t&W'il& to each cadet officer at badet school by the Division of
.iukhase and Supply only after such cadet officers have deposited
wMht funds with the district auditor to pay for all items to be
furnished by the Division of Purchase and Supply during period at
, ...-:, CERTIFICATES
Awuiric 15. (a) 'Cadet officers, upon satisfactory completion of
prescribed courses, shall be awarded a certificate of completion signed
by. twthhibirnan of the United States'Maritime Commission.
"'K$hVi t9V .'officers assigned to United States Coast and Geodetic
Sti ~~sels for postgraduate course shall, upon satisfactory. com-
pleton :of post-graduate training, be awarded. & certificate signed by
the tBee Admiral-Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic
Survey, and by the Chairman of the United States Maritime
LENGTH OF SERVICE
ArIm.u 16. (a) Cadet officers shall not .remain in such grade for
a *p longer than. 1 year, except that the status shall not be im-
euntid. the conclusion of the last voyage begun within this year
service, and that the status as cadet officer may be extended in the
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discretion of the Supervisor of Cadet Trainirig, on the request. of the
cadet officer, provided: :i
(1) The extension of status is recommended by the master.
(2) The employer agrees to promote the cadet officer to li'-
censed position when the opportunity presents itself.
(3) The progress record of the cadet officer is satisfactory.- a
(b) The limit of extension of service as cadet officer shall be 1
year. If not promoted within that time, the cadet officer shall lose
his status as such at the end of the extended year.
PROMOTION AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
ARTICLE 17. (a) The Supervisor of Cadet Training shall have no
jurisdiction over promotions to licensed officer positions. This mat-
ter is one for employers to decide.
ARTICLE 18. (a) Cadet officers who for various reasons find: that
they must terminate their training, shall submit their written .resig-
nations to the Supervisor of Cadet Training, via the master or com-
manding officers of their vessels and the district instructor.
Resignations of cadet officers assigned to vessels must be. mad'J
effective at the termination of the voyage in a United States po't
and shall be submitted to the master or commanding officer at least -.:
10 days before arrival in port.
(b) Detailed reasons for terminating training, especially whet er
promoted or resigned to accept licensed position in another vessel,
must be stated in resignation.
DISTRIBUTION OF REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 20. (a) These regulations shall be published in the FeP
eral Register and distributed' to all cadet officers, applicants: yfor _
appointment 'as cadet officers, and others concerned with the trailing R i
of cadet officers and cadets ashore and afloat. -
ARTICLE 21. (a) The Supervisor of Cadet Training is 1..eeby -:
authorized and directed to prescribe and issue instructions supple- '
meeting these regulations, for the training of cadet officers and cadets
assigned to cadet schools, locations of special 'training; and'.aboard ;
ships. Copies of such instructions or rules' will"be distributed iH
cadet training instructors, officials of steamship companiess,. 0 .ip ..
officers, cadet officers, and others concerned. : : :.. :
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