DS is applying to 3 SA's. Our family has zero knowledge of military apart from what I have learned here and on the various websites. He has been seeking info wherever he can get it. He thinks he would like to be a deck officer on a ship. He would like to spend at least 5 years serving his country after graduation. The mission of the Coast Guard is in his heart but he would like to have the license to work commercial shipping after he serves. He is 17 so this is what he thinks now. If he doesn't get into an SA, what Maritime Academy has the best reputation and how hard is it to get into the Coast Guard as an officer after graduating from one?