U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2022 Arrives for Indoctrination
KINGS POINT, N.Y. — The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point welcomed 280 Class of 2022 “plebe candidates” for initial training on June 29, the academy said in a release.
The nearly 20-day orientation period known as Indoctrination, or Indoc, teaches plebe candidates the basics of maritime and regimental life at USMMA. Training will emphasize military discipline, daily regimental routine, physical fitness, basic seamanship, and an introduction to college-level academics.
The incoming Class of 2022’s candidates represent 45 states and Panama. Thirteen were class presidents, five were valedictorians at their high schools and seven were salutatorians, with nine named as National Merit scholars. There are 64 women candidates in the class and 55 minority candidates. Eight are legacy candidates (had a parent attend) and 16 had a sibling attend the academy.
“We are very pleased to welcome the Class of 2022 and their families to indoctrination and to USMMA,” said Rear Adm.James A. Helis, superintendent of the academy. “We have great expectations for the class and we wish them the best as they start their journey at the academy.”
Upon graduation, USMMA midshipman will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and a U.S. Coast Guard-issued Merchant Marine Officer License, and a commission as an officer in one of the armed forces.