So a few months back i had my eye on the Naval Academy. But i guess i knew all along that im in this for the ocean, not for the military. I want to go into the navy, but when im out of it (however long that may be), i dont want some desk job. I want to continue working on ships and such. I had my eye on SUNY Maritime, but it just dawned on me i overlooked The Merchant Marine Academy. The year at sea sounds amazing. The experience of just that is enough to make me want to go there. Ive read very little as of yet, but i do plan on doing my research (plus visiting it soon). But i do have a question or two. How early should i start mailing requesting for nominations? Im in my junior year. Does NJROTC look good? I know i cant get a direct nomination to USMMA from it like i can with USNA, but will it lean in my favor a bit? How do i look? At the end of my sophomore year it was 3.5. Im taking two science and two math courses this year, along with NJROTC. Ill have 200+ hours of community service by the time i need it, Im on Debate team, and on the Orienteering team. Havent taken the SAT yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.