Where Will They Go?

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  1. NMMI PREP DIRECTOR

    NMMI PREP DIRECTOR Member

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    Is it too early to ask where is the Class of 2013 is going when they graduate? What I'm looking for are the numbers going active duty (by branch) and those going reserve. Also of those going active, how many with flight slots?

    We will have "40 some" new sponsored preps here at NMMI in August and I wuold like to help motivate them by talking about the possibilities in their future.

    V/R -
     
  2. KP2013dramamama

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    Hi Director.
    The class of 2013 would be favorable to sharing their destinations if they were not so deep in studying for the US Coast Guard License Exam starting next week, lasting through Friday. Indeed your preps would be inspired and motivated by our mids' stories.

    I do know mids who will be flying for different branches, going active duty in different branches, sailing as Merchant Mariners, signing with the Coast Guard, and sailing on nuclear subs. I would think you could contact the Academy directly for more information. Good Luck!!
     
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    DS indicated 29 are taking commissions in the Navy - I think he said 9 flight. DS is going SWO (I think a total of 7), while there are also a couple each of submarines, Seabees and nukes, and I didn't quite get the others.

    I'm with KP2013dramamama that 2013 has a lot going right now. In fact, DS just swore off Facebook for the next 2 weeks.:shake:

    I've sent a PM your way.
     
  4. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15'

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    Why are we so concerned with the number of people getting flight slots... how about the numbers of people getting great jobs with companies like otto candies or trans ocean...?

    ...Oh wait. We're just a military school with a small maritime program. Right?
     
  5. kp13

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    I blame that on admissions marketing the school in such a way, not the kids that probably don't know the first thing about the maritime industry.
     
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    I found USMMA-my DS wanted USNA (being a Navy Seal is very popular in our teen population) Having the choice was satisfactory for him. After the last 10 months as a plebe, he is now excited about becoming an engineer in the maritime industry and is no longer interested in Active Duty. It is really hard to expect 16-17 yr olds to know for sure what exactly they want to do. I am amazed that our m/n can narrow it to a major. Most of their friends can't.
     
  7. beyond

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    I agree completely.
     
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    kp13

    KP13, PM on your way.
     
  9. kp13

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    Similar story here, was still deciding up until this year. The biggest issue I have though is that the admissions office use a kids desire to go AD and turns this place into a direct commission source for them instead of telling them it's a maritime school with the OPTION to go AD. What they should be pushing is the fact that the SSO (Strategic Sealift Officer not the other SS officers) is a great opportunity to serve the country and Navy for those that want to pursue it seriously while still doing what they were trained to do. Unfortunately this option has become somewhat put on the backburner when it comes to Military options after graduation.
     
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    With that being said there are four Mids. commissioning AD Air Force. Three for combat systems Officer and one for Air Battle Manager
     
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    I understand that 25% of the Class of 2013 are going Active duty military. Many of the remaining grads have been offered sailing jobs, many with Military Sealift Command. Several have been offered jobs with Transocean. It's a little early for the mids to decide or pursue much since they are totally immersed in studying for license. Many are joining the mariner unions like AMO or MEBA and will sail when job assignments come up. The engineers are especially in demand. The AMO president said that there is a 5:1 ratio of deck vs. engineers coming out of the schools and the industry worldwide is desperate for engineers.
     
  12. NMMI PREP DIRECTOR

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    Thanks to all for sharing what you know. i'll wait a while and get the final results later.

    To beyond: The reason I ask about flight slots and such is that we have free agents (called "self preps" here) that come from all over the country and know absolutely zip about the USMMA. Usually they come here trying to get into the "Big 3". I use the grad data to show them that there are numerous ways to achieve their goals.

    This past week we handed out appointments to all the cadets who earned them. The individual who gave the out Kings Point appointments was an active-duty USAF officer who was just selected for promotion to Col. (0-6). He was enroute from an assignment as an Air Force Fellow with the RAND Corp. in CA. Most importantly - he was a '92 USMMA grad. As someone once said, "Choice is good!"
     
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    I don't know if I have ever seen "great jobs" and "Otto Candies" in the same sentence before. . . . . .
     
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    Perhaps I should have said "sought after."
     
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    There are only 8 (or is it 6?) majors at KP. The specific job they want may not be visible, but unlike other schools with 100 plus majors in some cases, I think if you read the description of each one offered at KP, even a 17 year old can do some eliminating. Deck vs. Engine eliminates half. This may be a great example of less is more.
     
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    There are 5 majors at KP right now.

    Deck:
    Straight Deck
    Logistics and Intermodal Transportation

    Engine:
    Straight Engine
    Marine Systems Engineering
    Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management

    Note: there are some "shoppers" left (Deck with QMED), but that is no longer offered to incoming classes.
     
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  17. KPEngineer

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    The unemployed engineer is a rare species.
     
  18. cmakin

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    At one point in my sailing career I was unemployed for 6 weeks. Most of that I took as "vacation". After 5 weeks, I started looking for a job and was back at work in two days. . . .
     
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    Third Child - Class of 2017

    I know I will miss my "littlest one" as he ventures to Kings Point and beyond, but he is my last child of three and the above quote offsets most of my apprehensions about his departure in 40 days. :biggrin:

    "This isn't my first rodeo and I think he roped the big one."
     
  20. kp13

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    As a deckie, lets be honest...

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