Congressman Pete King Statement on Decision by US Merchant Marine Academy to Extend the Sea Year Stand Down
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Sea Year program is a core component of the Academy curriculum. According to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), “Sea Year is perceived as a rich and valuable experience. It is considered an invaluable and unique chance to have ‘hands on’ experience that enriches the portfolio of skills of the Midshipmen.” The problems that led to the Academy and Maritime Administration’s decision to temporarily suspend the Sea Year are indicative of leadership problems at the Academy that must be addressed.