I am new to the forum and have been interested for some time in a maritime career. I started out as a commercial diver which I did for a while before going back to college. I am currently enlisted in the Navy Reserves. I have also recently finished a bachelors degree in history (another passion of mine) and am considering my options now. I am applying for officer school as a surface warfare officer. I would ultimately like to earn my 3rd mates license and go civilian. Is this the best way to go? I’m now 26 and too old for the Merchant Marine Academy, which I kick myself for. Thanks for the wisdom!