Sea Year is the most formative experience for midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. More than simply meeting the sea time requirements for a Coast Guard merchant mariner officer's license, it ties midshipmen one to another from the earliest days of the Merchant Marine Cadet Corps. It also exposes today's midshipmen to the world around them, which will serve our nation well in an increasingly complex and uncertain era.
The World is Our Classroom
Sea duty—360 days out of four years—is demanded of all graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. But it's more than a requirement, it's an education.
By Midshipman First Class James C. Billings III, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy