[QUOTE=tugsailor;139532]KP should be reformed into a truly world class institution with programs designed primarily to improve the skills of existing mariners, at every level. If its going to have a four year degree program, it should be limited only to applicants that have at least an AB card or 100 ton license in hand on the day they start. It should not be a free education for kids with no connection with the sea. I do not agree with permanently closing KP, although it might benefit from being closed for a couple years while its mission is being retooled. Ccaptain and I will have agree to disagree on this.
Ccaptain is one of our most prolific, most informative, and usually most accurate posters. However, when it comes to KP ccaptain routinely overstates his case in too salty language with such irrational exuberance that he throws his credibility completely out the window. He would do well to avoid the KP topic for awhile.[/QUOTE]
once again Tugs, speak of that which you actually know…
The USN has a direct say in what KP gets to do. If, as deemed by HS grades and standardized tests, (whether you like it or not) that you are not college material then your application will get denied. EVERY participant at KP and those as well accepting SSOP at state maritime academies (also to include all DOD service academies, ROTC, and USCGA) SHALL ACCEPT A COMMISSION IF OFFERED. So how many of your ABs, wipers, and 100 ton mates/engineers will not get accepted??? Got a GED, but you’re an AB and a certified IQ genius, sorry, no dice.
Candidates for admission to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy must be at least 17 years of age, and not have passed their 25th birthday, before 1 July of the year of admission.
how many more does that rule out???
You must have a college degree now (if not for last 20+ yrs) to be a line officer in in the Armed Forces and the USCG. Do not read warrant officer into that.
IT IS NOT FREE, YOU PURPOSEFULLY IGNORANT DIPSHIT. THAT IS NOT TO BE READ UNINFORMED. YOU CHOSE TO MAKE INFLAMMATORY, STUPID, INCORRECT COMMENTS AS FACT ON HERE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL YOU A DIPSHIT.
YOU DIDN’T GO TO SCHOOL THERE, SO YOU KNOW ABSOLUTELY JACK SHIT ABOUT THE PLACE.
If its going to have a four year degree program, it should be limited only to applicants that have at least an AB card or 100 ton license in hand on the day they start. It should not be a free education for kids with no connection with the sea.
That makes as much sense as saying no one should be able to enlist unless they come from a military family or go to a DOD service academy unless they are prior enlisted or come from military family.
I back closing the place 1000% because it and MARAD has been incredibly lax in enforcing its own service obligation for DECADES and very recently allowed new grads to go straight to MODUs (95% of which are FOC) disregarding the fact that has little to no value for operational experience for the strategic sea lift needs of this country whether it be on a USS USNS or M/V hull.
But you probably know every bit of that last part because you clearly know so much about the place, its purpose, and its history.
You clearly have a problem so why don’t you pick up the phone and call Hellis or Sazabalta or Jaenichen and reform yourself into a Truly World Class Dipshit of a lesser degree.
[QUOTE=Jetryder223;139535]Well stated. The infrastructure is in place, no sense in just scraping it all. Retool it to a working mariners training center. Kind of like the Mid-Atlantic school.[/QUOTE]
Why don’t you just graduate before you start posting shit about KP.
You also don’t school there but have no problem chiming in…