USMMA Questions

Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by Usnavy2019, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. Usnavy2019

    Usnavy2019 Member

    Mar 31, 2013
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    Hello all,

    I have a few questions about the nominations and grad career opportunities.

    So let's say I am the only candidate nominated to the USMMA. If I am the only one, will I get an appointment if I am 3Q or will I have to compete for one still?

    How is the Navy and CG presence at USMMA? I know I would like to commission into either branch, but I keep going back and forth. Is there a way to get an idea of which branch is the best for you while attending KP?

    Also for the internship, can you intern with the Armed Forces? If so, does anyone know what opportunities exist for the Navy and Coast Guard?

    My ultimate goal would to become a fixed-wing pilot. Does anyone know how competitive flight spots are for the Navy and Coast Guard?

    For part of your second sea term, I know you can request to go on a Navy warship or Coast Guard Cutter. How common is it to do this?
  2. AMF

    AMF Member

    Jun 28, 2012
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    First off, good luck.
    Many will tell you "Going to KP with pre disposed intent to go armed forces is not maximizing what KP can offer". Typically you would find your sweet spot as you moved through the 4 years. Approximately 25% of the grads go active duty, but maybe someone who knows better can weigh in on specific numbers for N and CG.
    In addition, you will not be serving a branch of armed forces while at KP, you will do this only after you graduate.
    I have heard the flight programs are ultra competitive, but here too I am not qualified to tell you exactly how competitive.
  3. kdbax

    kdbax 5-Year Member

    Mar 18, 2009
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    DS did his internship aboard USS Wasp in July last year. Some of the overhead shots of USS Boxer in the current movie "Captain Phillips" are actually USS Wasp, her sister ship, filmed while DS was aboard.:thumb:
  4. beyond

    beyond KπΣ15' 5-Year Member

    Dec 8, 2010
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  5. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ... 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2009
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    You used to be able to do it for 30 days max. You could only do it second sea year and you would only get approved with no gltches on your record. And like he said, you could not do a sea project on board.

    ... ditto everything else Beyond said.
  6. Rideon400

    Rideon400 Member

    Apr 24, 2013
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    About 25% of the class of 2013 was commissioned active duty, while almost everyone else was commissioned into the U.S. Navy Reserve Strategic Sealift Officers Program. It does make for an interesting graduation ceremony as you watch every branch of the Military, one after the other, administer their oath to their newly commissioned officers.

    Of those going active duty, about half were commissioned into the Navy. I found it interesting that the next most popular branch of service was the Army. This was followed by the Coast Guard, the Air Force and the Marines.
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    What were the actual numbers for the services?

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