Hello, I am a high school senior who has been admitted to a state academy for deck program. I got interested in pursuing a profession in the merchant marine about two months ago. It was too late for me to apply to the USMMA as I missed the deadlines of my state’s congressmen, representative and senators, for their congressional nomination. My parents are paying for my college, but they don’t want to spend money for attending a maritime academy as marchent marine professions are not respected by people in my ethnic culture. I come from a high income household and am unlikely to receive generous financial aid from a state university.
Joining the military is an option that I am also considering after high school graduation. I looked at Boatswain’s Mate in the Coast Guard and I was wondering if BM’s experience counts towards testing for third mate license. If the military experience counts, is it better to enlist, get licensed, and use GI Bill for a different college degree? Or should I attend the academy I got admitted to by taking out loans if I have to (for in-state cost of attendance) and graduate from there? Or wait a year to apply to the USMMA?