The Most Valuable Thing We Carry Is Our Commitment.

Our classrooms are 900 feet long and 5,000 miles at sea.

We don’t carry a weapon. We carry 120,000 tons of them.

We are trained on the latest navigation equipment. And the oldest.

Everything we learn in this classroom will be on the test.

We are the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The United States Merchant Marine Academy, one of the five federal service academies, educates and graduates leaders who are committed to serving American national security and critical economic interests. As licensed Merchant Marine Officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces, graduates of the academy are essential for securing the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivering our warfighters, weapons, and military supplies during conflict. Due to their elite training and real-world experience, graduates are ready to go on day one in service of American military strength and economic power.

The Facts

For 75 years, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has prepared leaders of exemplary character, skill and commitment to serve America’s marine transportation and defense needs in peace and war.

Founding year of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Days of training at sea are required to graduate from the Academy
Years of service on a U.S. Flag vessel or on active duty military
Years of service as an officer in any reserve unit of the armed forces following graduation
USMMA graduates that make up the U.S. Navy Strategic Sealift Officers Program

Recent Developments

Our Turn: Dave and Sue Collins: An unsung academy no more 

Susan and Dave Collins, parents of first class midshipman David Collins ‘19, discuss the value of USMMA to the Nation and their family and thank Senator Jack Reed RI for his nomination…

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Independent View: US Merchant Marine should be commended 

This month, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will celebrate its 75th year of service to our national security. Sometimes called the “forgotten fifth” service academy because the “name brand” schools – i.e., West Point and the Naval Academy – attract headlines, in our family, the USMMA stands as proud and tall as its sister academies…

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The US armed forces have a mobility problem 

To win a war, you need to be able to show up. I don’t mean just being present. I’m talking about large-scale military deployments — the sort that would be necessary to respond to North Korean or Iranian aggression, or to fight alongside…

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