See below for the latest stories on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and its midshipmen.
“I am proud beyond words to say that I was accepted to the Academy, one of the most respected, rigorous academic institutions in the country. As I approach my senior year, it is my hope these words will inspire other high school seniors to consider an education at the one of the service academies.”
“The United States is the world’s commercial superpower. We are the largest importer and second-largest exporter of merchandise. In 2015, American exports of merchandise abroad totaled over $1.5 trillion. Seaborne trade represents an enormous share of this activity: In 2016, over $475 billion worth of American exports were transported overseas by ship.”
“No sector reflects the urgent need to invest in human capital more than the maritime industry. Responsible for transporting cargo in times of peace — and troops and materiel in times of war — the U.S. merchant marine has carved out critical roles in the country’s economic and national security operations.”
“By appointing Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, President Donald Trump has sent a strong signal that maritime security — and the institutions that train our future leaders — is a serious priority.
“In 2016, the DOT suspended mission-critical training for future officers on commercial and naval vessels. The decision was done with little public comment, even though it has the potential to cause lasting damage to the maritime industry, a sector where economic and national security go hand in hand.”
“The Academy trains the officers who command many of our commercial and naval vessels. It is a difficult job and we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude for their service.”
In recent weeks, some members of Congress have expressed alarm that the U.S. Merchant Marine is shrinking to a point that America would not be able to find enough cargo ships and merchant mariners to supply American troops in a distant war zone for longer than a few months.
While many 18-year-olds are spending their summer vacation working in local businesses, in between trips to the beach, Helen Davis is spending precious time with family… and working out.