I’ll try to answer you questions as I also applied to GLMA last summer for this fall and ended up being accepted into the deck program. Are you interested in deck or the engineering program? Whats making you want to enter this career field?
I really don’t think it matters to much (but don’t take my word for it) on what your GPA is, though a 3.1 is decent. I think they just want a well rounded person (ex: classes, activities/hobbies, reg. job experience, etc…). I applied as a regular college student (I will graduate this May with a B.A in History) with a GPA of 3.5.
The letters of recommendation should not come from a family member or friend (obviously) but from someone who knows your character, your leadership abilities and even problem solving skills as well. Ask teachers/professors that you get along with and have known you for some time (at least a semester), ask your boss (or ex bosses), if you volunteer for an organization ask the person in charge to write for you. That’s what I did, I asked my Logic Class (LOL its actually a math class) professor and my boss’s boss even offered to write one for me when she found out I was applying to GLMA.
Personally I think it’s better to get it turned in as soon as you can as roughly 400 people apply, and out of that only 60 or so get in.
Don’t worry I applied to GLMA with no previous experience (HAHAHA unless you count being a tour guide on a docked submarine and doing a 4 hour job shadow on S.S. Badger experience) in the industry and got in, I’m sure you’ll be fine. Though if it is possible try to do a job shadow to see if this is for you, my experience was great (they even let me steer her for an hour) and Captain Dean Hobbs was awesome!
If it makes you feel any better they made me get my TWIC and MMC card before I applied due to some questionable medical issues that they though might prevent me from getting such documents, and didn’t want to accept me/have me start the program only to be turned down latter by the government.
GOOD LUCK with everything! If you have anymore questions feel free to ask
Oh there is no such thing as a dumb question, and as one of my history professors always says…its better to ask a question and look like a fool for a minute, rather then be a fool for a lifetime.