CADET FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I become a member of the Community Ambassadors Club?
In order to become a member of the Community Ambassadors Club, you must fill out the online Community Ambassadors Club Application. The Community Ambassadors Club Staff will process your application as quickly as possible, including a background check. Upon approval of your application, every effort will be made to match you with the best possible Community Ambassador based on similar interests.
What are my responsibilities as a Community Ambassadors Club member?
As a cadet of the California Maritime Academy, you are expected to act as a mature adult and future Maritime Officer and/or Business Professional. Only the highest standards of personal behavior, etiquette, and accountability are acceptable. During Orientation you will be made aware of campus rules and should therefore not place a Community Ambassador in any pressured situations regarding these rules -- do not put your Community Ambassador in a position where he/she must question or confront you on any issue dealing with cadet regulations. Your Community Ambassador will outline his/her policies for their home. If you are uncertain, please ask!
You are also encouraged to keep Community Ambassadors involved in CMA activities and to express your appreciation for a Community Ambassador's generosity. Never take advantage of your Community Ambassador, nor take them for granted -- they are volunteers of this program.
What are my Community Ambassador's responsibilities?
Community Ambassadors will offer friendship, understanding and encouragement to you, as an incoming freshmen cadet during your demanding first year at the Academy. Community Ambassadors are meant to provide a local "family connection" for you and should help you learn more about the area so that you may experience the many positive aspects that the town of Vallejo, Solano County and the Bay Area have to offer. After applying, all Community Ambassadors will have a background check and undergo approximately 2 hours of training on campus.
Is the Community Ambassadors Club open only to freshmen or can I remain a member as an upper classmen?
The program is designed for incoming freshmen cadets only, however we realize and support the idea that many of you may want to continue your relationship with your Community Ambassador until graduation.
What are the rules regarding alcohol?
California State Law prohibits the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age. This restriction extends to you within a Community Ambassador's home. You and your Community Ambassador must understand that the consequences for the consumption of alcohol are severe.
What are the rules regarding transportation?
Since you are not authorized to have a vehicle on campus, you may ride in vehicles owned by authorized Community Ambassadors, staff and faculty members, and upper class cadets who are properly licensed and insured. All Community Ambassadors are required to have a valid California Driver's License on file with the Community Ambassadors Office.
What should I do if I have a problem with my Community Ambassador?
Keep in mind that all Community Ambassadors are not alike, so your experience at your Ambassador's home will probably differ from your classmates’ experience. But if you genuinely feel that your differences cannot be overcome by open and honest communication, please contact the Community Ambassadors Club Office at the California Maritime Academy. The CAC Office will be able to assist you in resolving any problem that might arise and/or reassigning you to another more appropriate Community Ambassador. The office phone number is (707) 654-1412.
Will my Community Ambassador be in touch with my family?
Hopefully, but only after you have met and you authorize them to do so. During Orientation there will be an opportunity for you, your family and your Community Ambassador to connect and get to know each other. We hope that you will become an extension of your Community Ambassador's family and that they will become an extension of yours. However, we do encourage all involved to set boundaries and be clear about the extent of contact preferred.