Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by familyfunx6, Feb 24, 2016.
What is the name of USMMA's prep school?
New Mexico Military Intitute. My son went there for a year before USMMA, let me know if you have any questions.
Tons of questions so hope you do not mind.
I am assuming our DS will not be appointed/accepted to USMMA because he does not meet the ACT minimums. So, if USMMA feels he would still be a good fit for their academy in the future, do they recommend him for the prep school? How does that work?
Sounds like your son did well at NMMI as evidenced by him now attending USMMA. That is very encouraging.
Any help, insight or information is greatly appreciated.
No problem! He ended up going to NMMI because he needed a waiver for his medical, which came in a little late in the game for an appointment. So USMMA sponsored him at NMMI. Even if your son is not a sponsored cadet at NMMI, he can still go to the Institute as self-referred. Sponsored cadets pretty much are guaranteed an appointment the following year as long as they do well in classes and don't do anything that would jeopardize their standing. They still need to apply again, get another nomination etc etc, but they are in. To tell you the truth, my son HATED it there, but he saw it as an obstacle on the way to the prize (getting to USMMA) and stayed until the end. It was a very difficult year for him, but it really prepared him well for what to expect and I believe he was much stronger getting into USMMA and more mature. His grades have been very good at USMMA, his GPA was above 3.5, and I believe it has to do in some part to that. Many kids struggle in their first year at USMMA, and NMMI prepares them for that. Looking back, my son thinks that NMMI could have done a much better job preparing them, but I am happy with the outcome. Feel free to PM me at any time.
in a prep school does a student needs to go all process again or only the nomination part? do they have to do dodmerb, cfa etc??? still waiting and waiting and waiting... thank you.
All but DoDMerb... All over again. Effort does not go unnoticed by the right people.
USMMA used two prep schools this year: Marion and NMMI. Based on which geographic region you lived in, is where you went.
My son is at NMMI now as a sponsored prep. He was a recruited for football, and needed one point on Verbal to meet the minimum. He took the ACT/SAT many times...and finally scored the one point in January(If I remember correctly he scored a a 27 in Verbal, 30 Math). He was fully qualified, but the slots were full, so he was offered NMMI. NMMI was the best thing for my son!!! My son had no ROTC experience, so it gave him the opportunity to become fully immersed in regimental life, and to focus strictly on academics (he was not allowed to play football while at NMMI)/ We has met some great friends who are all KP bound. We are very grateful for the NMMI opportunity!!! Sponsored or not not---I would highly recommend NMMI. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Good Luck!!!!
Marion Military Institute (MMI) in Marion, Alabama is another location for sponsored preps. (This was the first year for duel locations). My DS is at MMI and it was a great decision.
Would you say that most of the sponsored students are recruited athletes for USMMA?
That gives us HOPE.
I am not sure if the waiting is harder on our DS or on us!
I can totally relate to you. That was very hard on me too. Good luck to your son.
One great thing about prep schools - they make great friends and start USMMA already with great friends, which is a big plus when they go through indoc and throughout their time there. They learn to count on each other and it's a great support group.
I did not do prep school, but I can say that I hated KP while I was there. . . My prize was my license and an opportunity in a maritime career. . . that is what kept me focused and got me through. . . I will have to say that I did enjoy Sea Year. . . like taking an early bite of the apple. . .
So, I have to ask...can you provide more details as to why you hated going to KP?
Well, any of us who have ever attended could provide that. The structure hasn't changed that much over the years I don't think. But its kind of like from the outside looking in it's hard to understand, but from the inside it's hard to explain.
I wasn't supposed to like it. . . it is certainly not a pleasant experience the entire 4 years and really isn't supposed to be. . Plebe year especially is difficult but that is part of the system. It certainly is NOT your normal college experience and really isn't supposed to be. The maritime industry is VERY demanding of one's personal time, family life, etc. To me, it was part of the preparation. And while I hated it there, I am glad I went.
I was in the same boat last year. The only thing holding me back was my English ACT score which was a 23. In my case, they did not offer me the prep school and I am attending a university doing ROTC. That helped me out a lot this go around and helped me get the appointment this go around.
Question r/t attending university ROTC. Were you on ROTC scholarship?
Our DS has been contacted by an ROTC recruiter at our local public college. They are already talking to him about scholarships and we are wondering how this would work if he would try to pursue USMMA again next year.
So I simultaneously applied for the national Army ROTC scholarship last year as my first backup plan. I was awarded the 4 year national scholarship, meaning that I am a contracted cadet, having tuition fully paid, a book stipend, a monthly stipend, and an FTX paycheck at the E-5 grade. It sounds like he/she did not apply for such scholarship through any branch so chances of his first year being paid for from the military are slim. Only one cadet who came in with no scholarship was awarded a 4-year, but simply because one of our 4-year winners dropped out and had a local 4-year scholarship.
This may all sound like jibberish so far, but the main take away is, if your child didn't apply for a national ROTC scholarship, you'll most likely be paying yourselves... However, I do strongly suggest joining an ROTC program anyways! My program gave out $2,000 this year to every cadet whether or not they were contracted. Plus, the USMMA recognizes that highly in their admissions process. Any further questions, just direct message me.
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