SMC Appointments Class of 2027

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Just an update for all of you that helped me so much, answering my questions, etc. I have applied to 3 SMC's Class of 2027 - Army ROTC, majoring in IT Cybersecurity. I have now been accepted by Norwich and VMI. Still waiting on VTCC. My Army ROTC PMS interview is next week and will be submitting for the January board review! 🤞 Anyone else here feel like sharing their SMC appointment decisions, please do so! We would all love to hear about your progress.
 

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I've gotten accepted into TAMU College Station Corps of Cadets and The Citadel to study Security and Intelligence Studies but I am still waiting to hear back from VMI and VTCC. How long did it take you to hear back from VMI

VMI took about 6+ weeks, but I think that is only because I submitted it so early. My VMI appointment was dated 11/4/22. When did you submit your VMI app?
 

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My daughter received appointments to Norwich, VMI and an LOA to US Merchant Marine. Waiting to find out about USCGA.
Just curious about why consider US Merchant Marine Academy and not look at any of the Maritime academies? I get it, if the $ is a serious issue for her, but she could graduate from one of the Maritime Academies witha major in marine transportation or marine engineering with the same exact coast guard licenses (3rd mate unlimited tonnage) without having ANY of the commitment? Graduates from the Maritime academies with these degrees START OUT earning well over $100K/year and have zero commitment to the US Navy. Also, the Maritime academies does have Navy ROTC with a traditional Navy commitment or Navy SSMP. If she is really considering USCGA and USMMA.... please make sure she looks here too. Its definitely not too late to apply. She could be making some SERIOUS $$$ right out of college!

 
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Just curious about why consider US Merchant Marine Academy and not look at any of the Maritime academies? I get it, if the $ is a serious issue for her, but she could graduate from one of the Maritime Academies witha major in marine transportation or marine engineering with the same exact coast guard licenses (3rd mate unlimited tonnage) without having ANY of the commitment? Graduates from the Maritime academies with these degrees START OUT earning well over $100K/year and have zero commitment to the US Navy. Also, the Maritime academies does have Navy ROTC with a traditional Navy commitment or Navy SSMP. If she is really considering USCGA and USMMA.... please make sure she looks here too. Its definitely not too late to apply. She could be making some SERIOUS $$$ right out of college!

Thank you for sharing you outlook ...r her. Stressful but exciting time for sure!
 
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Just curious about why consider US Merchant Marine Academy and not look at any of the Maritime academies? I get it, if the $ is a serious issue for her, but she could graduate from one of the Maritime Academies witha major in marine transportation or marine engineering with the same exact coast guard licenses (3rd mate unlimited tonnage) without having ANY of the commitment? Graduates from the Maritime academies with these degrees START OUT earning well over $100K/year and have zero commitment to the US Navy. Also, the Maritime academies does have Navy ROTC with a traditional Navy commitment or Navy SSMP. If she is really considering USCGA and USMMA.... please make sure she looks here too. Its definitely not too late to apply. She could be making some SERIOUS $$$ right out of college!

PaigeM - Excuse that other post. I wrote a rather lengthy reply to your post but for whatever reason all that's showing is a single incoherent line of babble.

The big thing about USMMA is the fact that she can commission directly into the Coast Guard. That's her ultimate end game at this point. The commitment is what she wants. Money or working in the maritime industry really aren't the motivating factors. However, admissions did say that a fair number of midshipmen go there for commissioning purposes and do get swayed by the money in the industry.

Also, they're heavily recruiting her for her sport, so that's another factor. Same goes for Norwich and VMI. They are two schools on a small list that offer opportunities to commission CG via the DCSS program. And they're recruiting her too.

Your logic is sound though! It's obvious you know what's up! Thanks!
 

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PaigeM - Excuse that other post. I wrote a rather lengthy reply to your post but for whatever reason all that's showing is a single incoherent line of babble.

The big thing about USMMA is the fact that she can commission directly into the Coast Guard. That's her ultimate end game at this point. The commitment is what she wants. Money or working in the maritime industry really aren't the motivating factors. However, admissions did say that a fair number of midshipmen go there for commissioning purposes and do get swayed by the money in the industry.

Also, they're heavily recruiting her for her sport, so that's another factor. Same goes for Norwich and VMI. They are two schools on a small list that offer opportunities to commission CG via the DCSS program. And they're recruiting her too.

Your logic is sound though! It's obvious you know what's up! Thanks!
I know a few people that have gone to Maritime and they are making BANK and I mean SERIOUS $ while globe trotting around the world like kings. After their first or second trip they have banked enough $ to payoff ALL their loans (college/student, cars, etc) and live worry free for a few months straight while not out at sea. They all say the same thing, right out of college they are making more money than ALL of their friends (including the ones that went to Ivy league schools) as well as many of their friend's parents too. My cousin, a SUNY Maritime marine transportation 2016 grad has been around the world probably 5 or more times already, partied in most everywhere in Europe, the USA and Australia, made friends around the globe, and has over $300K in the bank. He also just finished his classes and took his test for 1st mate and captain's USCGA unlimited tonage license. He said he is doing 1 or 2 more cruises and then taking a landside job with his shipping company (they offered him starting pay of $185K). Another person I know, sails throughout most of the spring and summer, then spends his winters at different ski towns where he skis all day and works as a bar tender at night. He only works a bar tender, not because he needs the money, but to meet new people and have fun. So far he has wintered at Vail, Aspen, a resort in BC Canada, Courchevel and Val d'Isere (France), Cortina (Italy) and Kitzbuhel (Austria). They all say the same thing...the point is you can do this stuff while you are young and really enjoy it while not being broke before settling down. The other USMMA grads are just coming off their commitment while they have done all this. I don't know any other people that are 27 or 28 years old that have had the experiences these two have had. The overall point here, there is a massive multi trillion $ global shipping industry with hundreds of thousands landside jobs and tens of thousands seaside jobs... and guess what... the grads from the Maritime schools as well as USMMA, USCGA and US Navy SSMP are pretty much the ONLY places that provide access to these positions. I looked long and hard at USMMA and the Maritimes, but life at sea wasn't me. You really gotta talk to as many people as possible. Just my 2 cents on USMMA and USCGA.
 
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I know a few people that have gone to Maritime and they are making BANK and I mean SERIOUS $ while globe trotting around the world like kings. After their first or second trip they have banked enough $ to payoff ALL their loans (college/student, cars, etc) and live worry free for a few months straight while not out at sea. They all say the same thing, right out of college they are making more money than ALL of their friends (including the ones that went to Ivy league schools) as well as many of their friend's parents too. My cousin, a SUNY Maritime marine transportation 2016 grad has been around the world probably 5 or more times already, partied in most everywhere in Europe, the USA and Australia, made friends around the globe, and has over $300K in the bank. He also just finished his classes and took his test for 1st mate and captain's USCGA unlimited tonage license. He said he is doing 1 or 2 more cruises and then taking a landside job with his shipping company (they offered him starting pay of $185K). Another person I know, sails throughout most of the spring and summer, then spends his winters at different ski towns where he skis all day and works as a bar tender at night. He only works a bar tender, not because he needs the money, but to meet new people and have fun. So far he has wintered at Vail, Aspen, a resort in BC Canada, Courchevel and Val d'Isere (France), Cortina (Italy) and Kitzbuhel (Austria). They all say the same thing...the point is you can do this stuff while you are young and really enjoy it while not being broke before settling down. The other USMMA grads are just coming off their commitment while they have done all this. I don't know any other people that are 27 or 28 years old that have had the experiences these two have had. The overall point here, there is a massive multi trillion $ global shipping industry with hundreds of thousands landside jobs and tens of thousands seaside jobs... and guess what... the grads from the Maritime schools as well as USMMA, USCGA and US Navy SSMP are pretty much the ONLY places that provide access to these positions. I looked long and hard at USMMA and the Maritimes, but life at sea wasn't me. You really gotta talk to as many people as possible. Just my 2 cents on USMMA and USCGA.
That is the thing she does really like about USMMA....it offers the CG path she wants, but once she does her sea year she may figure out she's all about maritime / sailing and can go for the maritime industry/Naval reserve commitment and knock down the $$. All with zero school debt. Downside is she may not like the maritime deckie major at all which would be a bummer. At any of the other schools she wants to go Cyber security/Systems. Also, she may go out to sea and really not like that either.
Lots of stuff for a 17 year old to process. 😂
 
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