I’m a 27 year old who’s always been enamored with the possibility of making a living at sea (deck). I just recently separated from the Air Force as a weather forecaster, and have just about 2 years of college credits under my belt. I’ve been itching to use up the G.I. Bill as quickly as I can, and look forward to transitioning into a career that I’ll be passionate about 20 to 30 years from now. My question is, considering my age and lack of maritime experience, would it be too late for me to enter into one of the state maritime academies? If not, would this be the best route for a maritime career seeking late bloomer? I reside in Florida, and would most likely attend SUNY, due to instate tuition rates that apply to states bordering the Atlantic, or Texas Maritime. Any insight or advice in general would be greatly appreciated!