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  1. Smith56

    Smith56 Member

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    Hello...I am just learning about this forum...I have been on the other sites, NROTC, USNA, and have just recently started researching the USMMA.

    So here are the stats: top 1% of class 8/520 106 GPA weigted, Varsity athlete 10 seasons, Captain XC, All state Musician, with NHS/WLNHS. SAT/ACT 690/730. I would like to learn more about the USMMA especially about Job Availability after graduation. I am a bit confused about Navy Option, Reserve status etc. Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. KP2013dramamama

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    If you are a senior in HS, you need to open an application with the academies, then call your senators and congressmen/women, to fill out their applications. I hope you are not a senior, b/c you are really under the gun and don't have much time to get together everything required of you unless you forget your social life for the next month.

    If you haven't already, spend a good deal of time on KP's website.....
    http://www.usmma.edu/

    after graduation: http://www.usmma.edu/after-graduation

    > Call your Senators and Congressmen/women to find out when there are All Academy Days in your state. Most states have them. You'll have opportunities to speak with men and women.

    > Look on Facebook for the Parent's Assc of USMMA in your state.

    > Contact the admissions department.


    Work options after graduation:
    1) instead of sailing you may choose to serve in the military branch of your choice, Coast Guard, or NOAA.

    2) You can choose to sail as a merchant mariner for 5 yrs, coupled with your commissioning as an Ensign in the Navy Reserve. The Reserves is for 8 years. USMMA grads who sail as a merchant mariner do not have to attend 1 weekend a month training per year plus 2 wks per year in the Navy Reserve, just the 2 wks per year. The Navy has it worked out that way, from what I understand it's because the mariners are sailing.

    Keep posting questions. There are helpful people on this forum. You can also look through all the past threads and learn a great deal that way too. I'd start looking at postings which began in July or August of 2012. You'll see how the year's questions unfold, with corresponding answers. Best of luck.
     
  3. Smith56

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    Thank you..Yes I am a senior, have already submitted applications to all my available nomination sources, and have submitted part I and part II of the USMMR application.
     
  4. katri

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    I'm kind of in the same as you, Smith. I just recently became interested in applying to KP, and am behind all of the other candidates. However, with the government shut down it isn't very easy to complete some of the requirements, such as the DODMERB exam.

    I actually have a question for you. I have done quite a bit of googling on this subject and have yet to be able to figure it out. The guidance councilors at my school are quite ignorant on the subject as well. My question is, how did you arrive at your cumulative GPA? The application asks for it, and I am not sure how to calculate it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  5. KP2013dramamama

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    It sounds like your guidance counselors should have a math session with your math teachers!
     
  6. Smith56

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    I attended a Service Academy Information Seminar and as a result learned more about the USMMA. I am very interested in learning more and hope this forum will help me.

    Fortunately for me, I have completed all of my necessary paperwork in August; CFA, DODMERB, etc...As far as Sections ll, and lll the Guidance Counselors at school should have an easy formula for GPA and class rank. Are your classes weighted? That will affect your GPA as well for the better.
    You should be able to ask for both of these. Plus, there is a lot of other information needed such as LOR's and Activities Record.

    My application to the USMMC is completed, but, I am sure that due to the Government Shutdown, it will be delayed in being reviewed for some time.

    Have you submitted your Nomination Paperwork yet? You should. Most have deadlines. I have already had one interview, and am awaiting two others. Don't forget the VP Nomination.

    Good Luck
     
  7. jasperdog

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    Smith/Katri: Welcome. I note from katri's profile she too hopes to be a prospective member ofthe Class of 2018, as Smith indicates it's getting qute late for most nominating sources - though I can't really say what the schedules and typical way the MOC from South Carolina handle things.

    I suggest though that both of you attempt to contact an admissions field representative in your area - their contact information can be found here:

    http://www.usmma.edu/admissions/local-admissions-field-reps

    These are volunteers, generally alumni, who live in your area and can usually tel you more about how things are handled by your local Members of Congress as far as nominations, etc. As smith indicates they each have their own specific process and deadlines but all are prretty much right upon us or past as they all have to have all their nominations in to the USMAA Admissions Office at the same time which I believe on or before Feb 2014 for the incoming class.

    These folks, especially if they are recent alumni still satisfying their post graduation commitments, can give you lots of good information about the opportunities that recent graduates are finding and enjoying in both the Maritime Industry as well as on active duty. They can also tell you about what life is like in the Academy for current students today.

    Older reps such as myself can usually tell you and help you with things you'd expect us to bring to the table - including often first hand exxperience as members of various MOC interview boards, etc - so tips on how to handle yourself there with regard to various particular issues, etc. Also longer term views of the opportunities and life after graduation, etc. as part of the post service academy in general and post USMMA alumni communities in particular.

    Smith - what you've posted is impressiove so to some degree theres things you haven't said that may come into play including where you are from in the way of competition for a Nomination, etc. as well as your standardized test scores. Feel free to PM me if you'd like and I can tell you what I know that may or may not be applicable or of course also take a look at the recent class profile here:

    http://www.usmma.edu/admissions/class-profile

    to get a general idea of what each of the five most recent classes have "looked like" in composite (although you've probably already done that).

    In the meantime - good luck to both of you in your quest.
     
  8. KP2013dramamama

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    Jasperdog, thank you for your experience and commitment !:thumb:
     

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