USMMA Requiring USCG License

camotac23

Member
Hello all,

I recently accepted my appointment to USMMA and I’m now faced with a major challenge. I was recently disqualified by USCGA after receiving my CGAS appointment because I was not 5’0”.

Does anyone know if at USMMA, a USCG license is required for EVERY midshipman? If so, Ive read that the Academy requires that a midshipman must meet the “physical requirements” for the license. Does this include height/weight standards? All advice is appreciated.
 

golfindad

Member
Hello all,

I recently accepted my appointment to USMMA and I’m now faced with a major challenge. I was recently disqualified by USCGA after receiving my CGAS appointment because I was not 5’0”.

Does anyone know if at USMMA, a USCG license is required for EVERY midshipman? If so, Ive read that the Academy requires that a midshipman must meet the “physical requirements” for the license. Does this include height/weight standards? All advice is appreciated.
I think you may be confusing uscg/uscga requirements with merchant mariner/coast guard licensing requirements. The coast guard license is a requirement of graduation. The license is not equivalent to being a member of the uscg.

If usmma offered an appointment I imagine they would have been aware of your height from the medical exam.

I know there are fitness requirements for the license as well as medication limitations, and medical, physical, lifting and agility requirements, etc, but I am not sure there are any height requirements specifically related to the license. Maybe someone with a little more knowledge of the medical requirements can chime in, but I never ran across any.
 

kpmom2013

10-Year Member
I know two current midshipmen at USMMA who are under 5 feet tall, and there may be more. You will be good to be licensed by the Coast Guard as a Merchant Mariner. As golfindad says, you cannot graduate from Kings Point without obtaining your license. The First Class Midshipmen are all studying for their license exams right now. Try to relax and enjoy your remaining time with your family before INDOC.
 

Mr2020

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy '19
Hello all,

I recently accepted my appointment to USMMA and I’m now faced with a major challenge. I was recently disqualified by USCGA after receiving my CGAS appointment because I was not 5’0”.

Does anyone know if at USMMA, a USCG license is required for EVERY midshipman? If so, Ive read that the Academy requires that a midshipman must meet the “physical requirements” for the license. Does this include height/weight standards? All advice is appreciated.
This is impossible on its face. You cannot be disqualified from accession into the military based on being under 5 feet tall. That's nonsense.
 

camotac23

Member
USCGA, and I believe, USCG have minimums of 58" (but it may have been changed to 60")

This is impossible on its face. You cannot be disqualified from accession into the military based on being under 5 feet tall. That's nonsense.
The standard is now 60” for the Academy and USCG standards. I was disqualified for both.
 

azmilmom

Member
Hello all,

I recently accepted my appointment to USMMA and I’m now faced with a major challenge. I was recently disqualified by USCGA after receiving my CGAS appointment because I was not 5’0”.

Does anyone know if at USMMA, a USCG license is required for EVERY midshipman? If so, Ive read that the Academy requires that a midshipman must meet the “physical requirements” for the license. Does this include height/weight standards? All advice is appreciated.
Welcome aboard, @camotac23 and please make sure to Change your ‘will accept’ to ‘Accepted’ on the Class of 2023 thread. :welcome1:
 

kp2001

10-Year Member
This is impossible on its face. You cannot be disqualified from accession into the military based on being under 5 feet tall. That's nonsense.
Glad to see you are so sure of that fact...

You don’t know what you don’t know and realizing this is a very difficult task.

https://www.navy.com/joining-navy-if-you-havent-served

Click over to “part time” to see the 60” min requirement for Navy. Active duty would be the same.
 

kpmom2013

10-Year Member
Glad to see you are so sure of that fact...

You don’t know what you don’t know and realizing this is a very difficult.
Yep.. I predict the learning curve out in the merchant fleet for this kid, is going to be steep..
Deepdraft1, it is nice to see you and your wisdom back on the forum. I have not seen your posts in awhile, and I always appreciate your perspective and advice.
 

deepdraft1

Master, Ocean Steam or Motor Vessels, unlimited
10-Year Member
No learning curve needed. All knowledge already obtained.
After graduating from the schoolship many years ago, I thought I knew everything too.. Then after I got my first job shuttling on the China coast for six months aboard an old broke down ex-Grace Lines C-2, I began to realize just how much I didn't know. One of the most important things I took away from that whole experience was when and how to tactfully 'pipe up' and when to keep my mouth shut and drive on..
 
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