The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, known colloquially as “Kings Point” for its location in New York, is one of the nation’s five federal service academies. Established during World War II, the academy became permanent in 1956 when Congress amended the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 to “provide for the [academy’s] maintenance.” Today, in spite of a proud history and government declarations to the contrary, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy appears to have lost its way.
Where Are You Going, Kings Point?
By Commander Thomas F. McCaffery, U.S. Navy Reserve (Retired)