OK here’s the latest first hand info:
You WILL be required to participate in Indoctrination like all license students coming into SUNY regardless of you military experience or station in life. For a military person this is a joke, walk in the park. The hardest adjustment will be to being locked in a ship’s hold with 300 18 year olds, and sitting on concrete for extended periods of time.
Day Students have what is called Special Status, and the previous poster gave you all the reasons why people get special status. Being Army and a Grad student certainly qualifies you and you should not have any trouble receiving this status. 99.99999% of grad students receive this automatically. There is however one grad student presently in the regiment that is doing his MUG year by choice, he will likely move on to day student status next year.
Day students are in fact in the regiment and wear the uniform of the day. We must attend formation every Tuesday morning and at other times prescribed by the assistant commandant of Cadets. Typically at the beginning of the fall semester the formation will be twice a week. At formation you will be expected to be wearing a clean, ironed uniform, and exhibit a regulation haircut and shave. It is not uncommon for Grad students to receive demerits for haircuts and shaves at this formation.
Day students also participate in ship work, meaning that every semester you will have to give up and entire day usually a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, where you will perform menial labor aboard the training ship.
Also grad students have the same cadet observer options as undergrad cadets so you are really only required to make two cruises, your MUG cruise and your first class cruise. Also now with the addition of two separate cruises some grad students are able to do MUG cruise and second class cruise in one summer. It’s simply a matter of taking all the required prerequisites.
When you are inquiring at admissions ask to meet with Mr. Scott, he is a grad license student and will be able to inform you better first hand.