For anyone looking into joining Texas Maritime Academy, I want to give some information about the school.
The school - It’s a small campus, easy to get around but poor parking at times. The corps of cadets which include license option deck/engine and nrotc, stay in three dorm buildings on campus but that could change each year. Some dorms have small kitchenettes and some dont have anything but a bathroom. Cafeteria has been expanded in size. Food is meh. Library can be packed at times and needs expansion. Classrooms are decent in size and equipment, not too much to complain about them.
Training ship - Small, but running. Much better condition than the last ship here. Cruises are limited to the states and mainly in the gulf. As the years go on, I see better and farther ports coming into play. Maintenance is done weekly by licensed option cadets. Watch is scheduled on a monthly basis. Best advice to sail with TMA for training cruises is keep up your grades, because this how they pick who goes and who doesn’t.
Corps of Cadets - Uniforms daily M-F. Formation three times a week in the morning. Rooms are subject to inspection. Marching in the fall semester every so often. There are several companies dividing the cadets up. One company is for older cadets with college degrees, families, military experience, age, etc. Freshmen of course have the biggest restrictions in the corps. They aren’t allowed tvs, have different haircuts, must go to study hall every night excluding fri-sun. A retired USAF Colonel is in charge of the corps followed by an army major and sergeant.
Tips for incomers - learn to put up with bullshit from every angle of the school. It sucks but its only 3-4 years of your life for the opportunity to have a great career. Have and keep good grades. With limited shipping spots on training and commercial cruises, grades are everything to get a spot or be far behind the rest. There are good staff and bad staff but that is going to be anywhere just learn who is who and deal with it in your own way that works. The school has been going through changes in the past few years with staff being the biggest and the training ship following behind. Some change has been for the better and some for the not so good. This article is not intended to bash this school or anyone here only to give you a small insight of how it is here. Good luck!