Son is at SUNY Maritime. Yes, he does like the structure. No, he does not have power issues, was not bullied, etc. His grandmother was a WAF and spoke fondly all her life of her adventures. Hence, I also served and have great memories. We were both average young women, with quiet demeanors, and acquaintances are always surprised to hear I was military. No, I have no mariner experience.
Some of what I hear scares me – the necessity for clean boiler suits (although I can see why writing and drawings would not be tolerated), cadets unable to go on cruise, restrictions that might cause cadets to not be allowed to have liberty ashore. This is a SUNY school. Is there no outside control over this at all? The majority of students probably have their tuition paid by the parents. Is there really no recourse? If I pay $7,000 for cruise and my son is not allowed off ship I will be ripping mad.
I do believe the regimental system does teach a lot to the majority of the cadets and that they DO benefit greatly from it . Some will NOT get much out of it but it seems like those might be ones that are perhaps rebellious, or possibly do not like such structure and having to follow rules and authority, or they already have developed the maturity, discpiline, and characteristics that the Regiment is designed for so it does not change them much.
Talk of ‘sabotage’ and other measures is disconcerting. Can’t we, as adults and college students, go through channels such as Board of Regents or State representatives if the situation truly warrants it? Shouldn’t they have to answer to all of this? Can anyone go into a SUNY school, take over, and do as they please? I have no personal vendettas but am extremely concerned with what I’ve been reading in various places. I do hope this all gets resolved in a way that everyone is content with and is beneficial to the students. Perhaps I’m living in a dream world, as some of you will surely point out as you rip me apart. Please be gentle. I’ve never posted on a site but am worried about this situation.