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Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by BumSkillet, Jan 10, 2016.

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Did you enjoy your time there?

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  1. BumSkillet

    BumSkillet New Member

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    1. What's Plebe Summer like? What do you do and how long is it? Worst/best part?
    2. Marine Transportation vs Logistics and Intermodal Transportation?
    3. Traditions during Plebe Year and beyond?
    4. Differences between Naval Academy and Merchant Marine Academy?
    5. How's the food and the barracks?
    6. How good are the sports teams?
    7. Favorite part about academy life?
    8. Tips for success at academy?
     
  2. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    Learn how to be a functioning midshipman. How to wear the uniform, clean your room, march, and a basic exposure to the maritime component.

    I think under the new curriculum they're both called something else. It is really about what you want your diploma to say.. it certainly won't matter when you go to sea... and I doubt it matters if you decide to come ashore after 5 years at sea.

    So broad I don't know where to start.... so I'm not going to.

    Apples and oranges. Navy makes Naval Officers... we make Merchant Mariners.

    Food isn't great... but you won't starve... you might gain some bad weight if you aren't careful. Barracks are all plenty nice, and way better than lots of the ones I've stayed in at major state universities.

    Some are better than others. It's DIII, people are doing it for fun. Don't expect to be on ESPN. Football is kind of terrible, swimming is always good, soccer is usually pretty solid. There are more... look for yourself.

    The waterfront... getting thrown the keys to a big expensive boat... full of diesel and going on a trip somewhere. Often times with a midshipman being the most senior person aboard, and taking responsibility for what happens.

    Yeah. Don't be stupid. Conduct trouble just seems to snowball into academic trouble and people find themselves in a hole they can't dig out of.
     
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    Which class were you in, and from the post, I presume you went the Merchant Marine route? Could you perhaps describe the Marine Ops program?
     
  4. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    Graduated last year. 2015. Yes I'm sailing.

    Marine Ops exists. I don't really know what they do. Gunny Sargent Harper yells a lot. They were really hurting for aviators this year. I think everyone who was eligible and wanted a Marine Corps commission got one (...two people that I know of)
     
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  5. KPEngineer

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  6. cmakin

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    Yup.. . . . .engineering gives you a whole lot more opportunities both at sea and ashore. . . .
     
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    Unemployment as a transportation major? Not true by any stretch. A playful jab at the rival department, perhaps.
     
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    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    ;)
     
  9. cmakin

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    Not really. . . .
     
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    I haven't heard of anyone recently who had any serious trouble finding a job. Are you trying to discourage (non-engineer) applicants? Would they do better somewhere else?
     
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    A playful jab at the rival department ... nothing more ;)
     
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    Oh no. It's impossible for us deckies. I'm hoping to get promoted to be the day shift at McDonalds by the end of the year.

    ...but really I had more than one employer make offers the week after graduation. It wasn't hard, but networking is super important.
     
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    Great insight, folks! Thanks.
     
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    I am not saying that Deckies don't get employment, and very good employment at that (just look at what pilots make). . . but I have found as an engineer that there are a wider variety of shoreside jobs. . . I came ashore as a Class Surveyor and have been working for the last 18+ years as an energy/offshore/marine loss adjuster. . . .
     

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