What bothered me was the mention towards the end that because other nations are projecting power, we need more Obligated merchant marine officers. I’m a little offended by the implication that my fellow lowly state academy grads or hawsepipers wouldn’t voluntarily sail US flag in times of war.
Unrelated but slightly irksome, I happened to look at the MarAd website today. There’s a USMMA link and a State Academy link. Under the State Academy link the list of academy’s has KP listed first…subtle promotion.