USMMA falling behind in the forums!

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by KPmid2014, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. KPmid2014

    KPmid2014 New Member

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    Why is Kings Point so far behind The other academies? Here, I will post a few questions about the school hopefully some can answer.:shake::shake::shake:

    1) How Military IS the school? I am truly interested in a regimental life style, and honestly WANT the school to be hard on me:eek: Im a nut!

    2) Can we use electric razors to shave at the Academy?

    3) Honestly, how hard are the academics? I understand most people say that Kings point is one of the harder academies academics wise, is it really that hard to the point where we will not have ANY time out?

    4) If I am going active duty navy (or at least plan to now), do I wear a Camouflage at any time? how about Army, Marines, etc?

    5) Do Kings Point Midshipman (after recognition of course) ever get a chance to get into NYC? This is one of the things I really hope for!

    6) What are the average SAT scores / GPA's of Kings Point midshipmen?

    7) When I went to the "open house" for accepted candidates, I noticed them marching in parade in the khaki uniforms including the khaki cap, when do we ever wear the white uniforms? If we ever do leave the academy, must we wear these uniforms?

    8) how are the dorms? When I visited, the Kings point dorms actually seemed to be incredibly nice and comfortable, at least updated. Was I shown those "select rooms" designed for the purpose of misleading people that the doorms are good?

    9) Why are we not trained in pistol / rifle training like the other academies? Do we ever even get to shoot one a gun?

    10) REALLY stupid question, but are the guns we carry when on parade real? Haha



    Lets try to get this forum as popular as Air Force!!!!!!!! :thumb:
     
  2. deepsea

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    I won't try to answer your questions directly, but rather address your general tone. Remember that you are going to be attending the MERCHANT marine Academy, where as a whole we care more about ships than shooting, seamanship than uniforms, and while we embrace the regimental lifestyle, it is as a means to an end - learning discipline and leadership that can be applied in the very loose structure aboard a Merchant ship. Come in with an open mind to what we do and you will be accepted and succeed, come in all ooh-ra, and you will have a different experience.
     
  3. KPmid2014

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    Oh no, dont get me wrong, I applied to this school and the other Maritime schools INSTEAD Of other service academies for a reason. I cant WAIT for sea year, sailing, etc. Im even going to be on the Kings Point Power-Squadron and Sailing team If I can. Im just saying like, I kind of want some military "stuff" thrown in there too.
     
  4. deepsea

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    Good choice - we'll get you sorted out then.
     
  5. SoSick

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    1) Like previously said, this is a MERCHANT Marine academy. Yes, it has the regimental life. Plebes, rates for each class, officer positions, uniforms, parades, saluting, the whole nine yards. It may not be strictly regimented, but it defientely has that regimental aspect.

    2) You can use electric razors I believe after Parents Weekend for plebes. Not really sure on this rule, but I was using electric razor around that time.

    3) I can only describe it as demanding. For most its hard, but if you can manage your time very well and understand the material, then you will be better off and have more free time. You will receive more free time as the year goes on, especially after recognition.

    4) No, you wear the Khaki uniform all four years at the academy. If you decide to cross commission upon graduation, I believe that the only time you will wear different branch of military uniform is the day of graduation.

    5) You will be able to visit NYC/Long Island for the first time Parents Weekend, where you'll receive your first overnight liberty. From then on you will only get 7-8 hours of lib for the week until recognition.

    6) I believe the average GPA for plebes after plebe year is around a 2.6. I am not sure about the SATS, I only took the ACT and it was converted into a SAT score. I believe the minimum for an ACT is a 24, but you defientely want to have a higher, more competitive score.

    7) Whites are worn for liberty atttire, special dinners/parties, etc. Whites are sometimes worn for parades such as Parents Weekend, but the majority of the time will wear Khaki.

    8) I'm guessing you were visiting 1st, 3rd, or 4th companies dorms? Yes, those are quite a bit nicer than 2nd and Band Companies. They are in the process in renevating these companies so they are much nicer; however it could be awhile before they accomplish that.

    9) Indoc you will go down to the range to shoot a pistol I believe. If you want to continue to shoot, there are open range times that are emailed where you can go down to shoot and try receiving marksmanship in pistol or rifle. There is also a pistol/rifle club I believe.

    10) No, they are filled with cement.
     
  6. KPmid2014

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    Thanks a lot for your responses, and guys, don't think I am trying to undermine Kings Point. I absolutely loved what I saw and cant wait to go there.
     
  7. Mindy G

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    What was the purpose of calling the thread USMMA Falling behing in the Forums? It is not a contest these forums are of value when one has a question or concern. I believe it meets that purpose exceedingly well.
    Best of luck at Indoc.
     

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