Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by jasperdog, Jun 21, 2010.
Congratulations and Sail Safely Class of 2010!
Congrats 2010. What an outstanding group of newly minted officers as I've ever seen!
Three cheers! HIP-HIP!!
Congrats to all!!!!
Now that's an amazing accomplishment. Congratulaitons 2010!
So proud, Congrats c/o 2010
I'm looking forward to seeing how your futures unfold.
Great Job 2010...
Now hurry up and make some money so you can send donations to the Alumni Foundation
Admiral Mullen's Speech
ADM Mullen's graduation speech:
Thanks for posting the link for the graduation speech. My son is about a million miles from that point......but, even reading those words was emotional.
Congratulations again 2010. Great Job and Best Wishes to each an every one of you!
My DS, who is a member of class of 2013, thought that that speech was absolutely excellent. Kudos to ADM Mullen for doing some research and making his address really meaningful to the graduates.
Congratulations to all the 2010 graduates! Now go out there and show us your stuff - Acta Non Verba!
Adm Mullen's speech could not have been any better, even if it had been written by a Kings Pointer. It is one of the better graduation speeches I have ever seen or heard.
The speech was great and the photos that were posted were wonderful. Did the grads all jump in the pool when it was over?
How did the tent work? I know that many people were unhappy.
That hat is gone for good this time Jamzmom. Believe it or not, someone from 2011 wanted it!
The "running of the Mariners." went as scheduled after the change of command ceremony. I got some great video. I will post it as soon as things get settled around here.
Congrats to the 198 new grads!
65 of 191 (7 of the 198 are from Panama) went active duty US military.
Is this about average, above the norm, or less than average?
Seems like a lot, right? Anyone out there have any idea?
65 of the 191 Americans is 34%. The stats I have seen are from 20-33% depending on the year. With the economy the way it is being at the high end seems about right.
It is higher than normal. I heard jobs are not as plentiful as in years past and that this is a factor.
I only have heard anecdotal data but my understanding is that over the past 4 or 5 years the number has risen to "about 30%" - this number is of course 38%. The Class is a little smaller than some and the number seems a little higher - given the economy and the Class Size it's probably close to in keeping with recent trends/history.
You should be happy, as was noted in Adm Mullen's speech of those going active duty the largest number went USCG - your service is no doubt getting some good timbers to continue building/maintaining their house in good order.
All that said my recollection from "back in the day" ~30 years ago the number we talked about was 15%. We too lived in a cyclical economy and though the Maritime Industry had more US Flagged ships it also had more active US seagoing mariners. I have no issue with those going active duty but I would like to see more than 70%, actually I'd like to see us target having 80+% of the graduates from our nation's flagship maritime college at least start their professional lives in the industry. It is an industry vital to the health of our nation and even with the six state maritime colleges factored in and USMMA, only about 1,500 new graduates are available and properly trained to start in it professionally annually. That number is clearly dwarfed by the number of available O-1's entering the military out of the other Academies and the various ROTC programs, let alone adding in OCS and the other sources for newly commissioning service members.
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