SUNY Maritime Brings Home Top Rankings

With high school seniors across the US get busy applying for college, SUNY Maritime College in New York City has won an unprecedented set of awards for 2018. The college was recognized for its overall educational quality, the earning potential of its graduates, career placement rates and the value of its engineering programs. According to the Princeton Review, SUNY … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Why Did You Join The Merchant Marine? In an our editorial last month titled Top 10 Reasons Why The US Merchant Marine Is Failing, I asserted that the US Maritime Administration ignores the media, doesn't share good news, and fails to advertise in trade publications like gCaptain. The article must have hit a nerve because it received thousands social media views and prompted … [Read more...]

Search Begins For New USMMA Superintendent

by John Konrad (gCaptain) Today the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has posted the position of USMMA Superintendent to USAjobs, the first step in replacing James Helis, the former Army Colonel who was removed from the position in May.  2011 was a year of change for the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Then Superintendent Rear … [Read more...]

Top 10 Reasons Why The US Merchant Marine Is Failing

by Capt. John Konrad (gCaptain) In 2018 politicians, presidents and corporate leaders spend a considerable amount of time in front of cameras and talking with journalists but this isn't just a stroke of ego, it's to garner political will. Conversely, the US Merchant Marine is drowning because it has no political will. The question is why? "Merchant Mariners have written one of … [Read more...]

Advice To Young Academy Grads: Nobody Cares

By Jim Garamone (Dod News) A group of U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen got an unexpected lesson in leadership from the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff this week. About 25 midshipmen came to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS ) to listen to Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford speak to the topic of “Today’s Global Challenges.” They got that, but … [Read more...]