Cadets are appointed to officer positions based on merits of performance. The rank assigned is commensurate with the leadership position being filled. To advance in rank is an honor – to retain that advancement requires constant attention to duty.
All rank pre-supposes a certain level of maturity and capability and bears a commensurate responsibility. Any cadet who, though action or omission, shows that he/she lacks the maturity and responsibility which is expected of his/her rank will lose that rank and be reverted to their permanent enlisted rank. This would normally be the result of action taken by the Naval Science Instructor.