[QUOTE=Starboard Ten;107721]Not to dismiss the hatred of the KP educators but notice this list is very engineering and technology loaded. Could it be that the coursework is harder than your typical school? And less subjective as in liberal arts classes? Maritime curriculums are tough and if you can’t drink and fuck on your time off… Well, it makes guys outright cranky.[/QUOTE]
Pretty much what I was thinking.
As an engine major at KP I hated class simply because it was so hard. There were plenty of great professors there, and some awful ones as well…neither made a difference in how much I hated going to class, and how much life on academy grounds sucked as well.
I honestly don’t understand the HUGE generalization about ALL KPers feeling like they are better than everyone else. I am a recent grad (2011) and can say that yes, there were plenty of KP “reg cocks” that walked around with their fake Navy insignia and ribbons acting like their shit didn’t stink, but in no way was it the majority.
Most of my fellow midshipman were just like me. They didn’t take the “regiment” too seriously because they knew it was mainly bullshit, they simply put up with it. They were there for two main reasons, they wanted to sail as officers when they graduated, and they didn’t have enough money to afford tuition at the countless number of overpriced colleges. I personally didn’t choose KP, my financial situation did. I had been accepted to a couple very prestigious schools, including one Ivy League school, mainly because of Wrestling, however even with the athletic scholarships I would have been overcome with student loans upon graduation. So I chose KP, because they wanted me for wrestling, and I would easily be able to afford the small amount it cost to go there. Is it my fault that KP, and the gov’t, offer myself and all the other midshipmen a cheap yet very useful education?
You all have your right to an opinion on whether or not USMMA is a waste of money. I am not disputing that there is plenty that needs to be fixed at the Academy, I was there when we were changing superintendents like pairs of sneakers, and I can say that MARAD got rid of two very well liked Superintendents that the regiment did not want to see go, and the high ranking “officers” in charge of the student body are a bunch of idiots on constant powertrips. However I have no idea how the dispute on the funding of the academy and its cost of tuition, or how the academy is poorly run, directly translates to ALL Kings Pointers being spoiled brats that think everything should be handed to them and being the worst mariners. Neither I nor most of my fellow midshipmen had that type of attitude, and I have yet to get any complaints from my C/E on my vessel on the quality of my work or my work ethic itself. I am currently working with graduates from Maine, Mass, and Cal maritime, and I can say that just like my fellow midshipmen from KP, some of them are fabulous mariners, and some of them are not. The academy you went to doesn’t designate what type of mariner you are, your work ethic, knowledge, and willingness to learn do.