New TAMUG cadets report -- in record numbers -- for Texas Maritime Academy O-Week
Galveston, Tex. (TAMUG)– Some 170 incoming freshman cadets (a record number that is 50 students higher than last year) begin a week of intense training on Sunday (Aug. 22) to provide their first learning experiences as members of the Texas Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets, Drill & Ceremonies Program and NROTC at Texas A&M University at Galveston.
TMA’s O-Week immerses the students in the initial phase of the training they will receive over the next four years to prepare them to become Merchant Marine and U.S. Naval Officers.
According to Colonel Rick Mallahan, Commandant of the Corps of Cadets, O-Week provides training in procedures that range from basic military courtesies and customs (like--how to wear a uniform) to how to stand safety and security watches on the ships and other lessons in basic seamanship to the unique traditions of Texas A&M University and the TMA.
Outlining to highlights of the upcoming O-Week activities, Mallahan points to:
• The traditional “haircuts” and “peace of mind” briefing for moms and dads on Sunday (Aug. 22) beginning at 1 p.m.;
• Damage control and life boat training; swim tests; ship’s bridge simulator training on Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug.24-25); and
• A simulated Coast Guard helicopter rescue on Thursday (Aug. 26) at 11 a.m.
“Our O-Week program is designed to prepare our newest cadets mentally and physically for life in the Texas Maritime Academy,” Mallahan said.