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MERCHANT MARINE ACADEV
To attract a high type of young American with d
ambition to become an officer in the United States Mar
To miat'f to him the necessary academic backgrosna
the fundametaqls of a practical nautical education s
to a successful career at sea;
To develop in him a high sense of honor, sprig T7ea
To instill in him a pride in his profession and a Zdeternn
tion to uphold the traditions of the Merchant Marin ';
By effective teaching, training, and guiosce, to send Ml
forth to his calling with a deep respect and affection
the United States Merchant Marine Academy and 0ad :.
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for Kings Pointers
;',: Seaang iis rofession--and something more than a pro-
ii:::: io The seaarer, almost from the beginning of man's
... isryi has. provided the symbols for some of man's most
.highly-treasured qualities. The courage and stamina, the in-
i,;::;. ious and inquisitive mind of Odysseus, that storm-tossed but
n:::idomitable mariner, are echoed in the figures ol Leif Ericson,
Clumba s, Magellan, Cook-and today's Captain Kurt Carlsen
S::.::; the "Flying Enterprise," whose stubborn determination to
i :i ave his ship so captured the world's attention just a few
S.. ...years ago.
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H .." Courage, stamina, ingenuity and an inquiring mind are still
oI"''be fundamental characteristics of the mariner. And the modern
mariner finds that there are still new worlds to explore-not
S te sam e kinds as his predecessors planted their flags of dis-
;i: cover upon, but new worlds just as revolutionary and important
: in the history of man as those others were.
.. -New Worlds to Explore
The atom-powered merchant ship will certainly work tre-
Smendous changes in the whole area of ship propulsion. Vessels
of this type will require personnel especially and professionally
trained in a new and bewildering field of engineering. Atomic
.power is not the. only concept to break upon the maritime indus-
ftr; the huge super-tankers now coming off the ways (and huger
ones are on the drawing boards), the rapid and exciting develop-
S ents in ship navigation and stability control, the strides being
made in cargo-handling (such as "roll-on, roll-off" vessels)-all
these add up to challenging new frontiers in the merchant
Marine. With each new development, additional careers open up
.for the men who have the professional training--plus these other
fundamental qualities. of the mariner. Kings Pointers are such
: ... ..The Jobs Ahead for You
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Vessels .of the merchant marine :are to be found in every
pot -.- a i the world, discharging cargo and passengers, tak-
iig bnkers or making repairs. About 15,000 American licensed
ofice. are actively engaged in ship operation, and a normal
aiual t.urnber of about 1,500 officer personnel provides imme-
E ", t..tfoy f rthe Kings Pointer to sail upon graduation.
S:. 'i. i:.aihoseu' the Deck Officer course, he will be licensed to
: '.? i r. OOffieer. If he has elected the Engineering course,
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he is licensed as a Third Assistant Engineer. In addition,
uates receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are qualified
commission as ensigns in the U. S. Naval Reserve.'
If you are that Kings Point graduate, and have completed
Deck Officer course, you will find that when you step aboard a
American cargo ship, you will function under supervision:
the Chief Officer (Chief Mate), the officer second in comnatil
of the ship. As Third Officer, you will stand a watch, be respowa.
sible for life-saving equipment, and assist in other duties of t ii
deck department. When you have advanced your license, and
are promoted to be Second Officer, you will be responsible tol
navigation of the vessel.
It is, naturally, the ambition of the deck officer eventually t
gain his Master's license, and so to be qualified to take comiandi,
of his own ship-a proud day, and the culmination of the difficult
but rewarding training that has gone before. Although. th~
Academy is young in years (in 1942 the first class was grad.
uated), there are already many Kings Pointers in command &!
And if you choose to follow the Engineering course, your first '::
assignment aboard ship will probably be as Third Assistant ..::::::
Engineer; you'll stand an engine-room watch, be responsible for' i'
all auxiliary machinery, and work impatiently for the day of
your advancement to Second, then to First Assistant, and finally ,
to Chief Engineer, whose responsibilities are second only to those .'.:'
of the Master.
A Third Officer or Third Assistant Engineer on a merchant:: I
vessel today beginfh a career of unusual opportunity. Starting
pay today, including overtime, is about $8,500, plus board and
room and other benefits. Few other professions offer such lim-:
mediate rewards for the beginner. Those Kings Pointers who ::"
have already risen to positions of command, or who are serving as
Chief Engineers, are relatively young men, yet their annual ::ij
salary level is above $13,000.
Careers in the maritime industry are not limited to the actual
operation of ships. Many Kings Pointers are Port Captains, ;
Port Engineers, Marine Superintendents, Superintending Engin- :
eers, Terminal Superintendents, or Operating Managers ashore.
Many have advanced rapidly in executive and administrative
positions in the shipping industry and in governmental agencies I
after serving at sea. Other Kings Pointers are employed as ship- -
ping representatives in domestic and foreign ports. : '
Here is a unique opportunity for you to serve your nation, in
America's "fourth arm of defense,' and at the same time to .'i.
establish yourself in a lifetime career with exceptional oppor- :i
tunities and rewards. ..
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The Kings Point
When you are selected for appointment as a Cadet, you may
elect one of the two four-year technical programs offered at
Kings Point. One course leads to your graduation as Engineer-
ing Officer, the other as Deck Officer. These two courses differ,
of course, in the nature and content of the professional subject-
matter, but share a common core in the General Education pro-
gram required of all graduates.
The professional courses, both Deck and Engineer, are aimed
at providing the Kings Pointer with the "know-how" that pre-
pares you to meet the challenge of present-day ship operation.
But in addition, the professional courses and the general edu-
cation program aim for a Kings Point graduate who knows the
"why". Today's mariner must be a well-rounded human being
who knows what to do, how to do it, and why it must be done
-not only in your professional capacity, but in your role as
leader of men, as citizen of the U. S., and as American ambas-
sador-without-portfolio to the world.
A unique feature of the Kings Point program is the "Sea
Year." After successfully completing your freshman, or Plebe
year, you are given a month's leave of absence, and then assigned
aboard an American merchant ship for your first real chance to
apply the knowledge gained in your first year of training. You
sail for eleven months, usually transferring vessels several times
so that you become familiar with various types of shipand vari-
ous ports of the world. The learning is not limited to the prac-
tical, though. You will be given a number of "sea projects" to
complete while on your voyages. Your time is divided between
observing and assisting in the operation of the ship, and in con-
tinuation of your classroom work. You'll manage to squeeze in
some sight-seeing, too.
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During your sea year, you will be paid by the i
companies at the rate of $82.50 per month, and wMillbe.i
quarters, meals, and medical care.
Five Years in Four ::
The Academy operates on an eleven-month .basis....
the academic year comprises four "quarters," of abot 6
weeks each. This is necessary so that you can achieve." 'o '
lege degree in the same number of years. as in the td
college, and still have the advantages of the Sea-Yeiar astm
your Kings Point training. The first quarter begins ea
September and ends around Thanksgiving, the second:
after Thanksgiving, and ends in February, the third e
the middle of May, and the fourth quarter ends with Coi
meant, around the first of August.
If You're a Deck Cadet -.
Let us say that you've decided on a career as a Deck Ofi
aboard ship, deck officers have the responsibility of navigate
the vessel, loading and discharging cargo, overhauling and im
training the hull and superstructure of the compartments mI
for carrying of cargo, and maintaining the safety organizat
of the vessel.
As a Deck Cadet, in your Plebe year,
program will look like:
Economic ....... ....... *.............
Naval Science .......................
Phyial Training ....................
Engineering Drawing ..................
Baec Marine Engineering ...........
Boat Handling .......................
Boat Handling .......................
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In other quarters of your plebe year, your program i
much the same, with courses distributed over the various...-
-the technical and the general education, practical and thf M4
ical. After completing the Plebe year, you'll sail for a year g
then return to the Academy to complete your course woirki
total curriculum for the Deck Cadet includes the followi "'
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Merchant Marine Inspection
S Engineering Drawing
J. Basic Marine Engineering
1 Education Area
a in World History
The Ship Management Area
In addition, you will take courses in Naval Science, Ship's
i'; medicine, and Physical Training. If you have high interest in
t 'li -aubjects (and if your grades are high, too), you'll be able
ito elect courses in Nuclear Physics, Organic Chemistry, and
S.avanced courses in Calculus.
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m~ X may believe that your natural bent is toward a career
rt:m Engineering Officer. These are the men aboard ship who
and maintain the propelling machinery, take care of
llnt machinery and mechanical equipment, operate and
::i: IoU .choose the Engine course, a typical program in the
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Course Class Lab. TotaS:
English .............................. 3 0 3
Mathematics ......................... 0 a
Chemistry ............................ 3 2 .'
Physical Traniing ................... 0 2 2
Naval Science ........................ 2 0 2
Basic Marine Engineering ..........
Basic Nautical Science ................ 0 2 2
Machine Shop ........................ 0 2 2
Toal........... ............... 14 10 24 .
As in the Deck course, you will note an interweaving of *
technical and general education subjects, the practical and t
theoretical. In the course of achieving your Bachelor of Science
degree and your license as Third Assistant Engineer, you will T
cover the following curriculum:
The Technical Area
Engineering Drawing Steam Engineering ..
Machine Shop Electrical Engineering
Marine Machinery Repair Diesel Engineering
Thermodynamics Marine Refrigeration
Engineering Mechanics Basic Nautical Science
(Statics, Dynamics, Boat Handling :':
Hydraulics, Strength Fire Fighting
of Materials) Applied Naval Architecture
The General Education Area
Mathematics Language or Comparative v
English United States in World History
Cadets (Engineer) also take courses in Naval Science, Mari-
time Law, Marine Insurance, Personnel Relations, Physical .
Training and Ship's Medicine. Cadets with high marks may ,
elect to take additional work in Engineering Processes, Mechan- I'.
isms, Instrumentation, Introduction to Nuclear Physics, Organic::::
Chemistry, continuing courses in Calculus.
All Cadets must complete the full prescribed deck or engine ..
course; no advance credit is allowed for previous college work,. :.
r for Appointment
By regulation, all applicants for appointment to the U. S.
M..:. Merchant Marine Academy must fulfill certain requirements. If
oi: can meet these requirements, then you are eligible to
: The pplNo.t must:
: (a) .Be a male citizen of the United States, native born or naturalized.
(b) Be unmarried and must never have been married.
(c) Be not less than 17 and not yet 22 years of age by July 1st of the
year in which admission is sought.
(d) Present the equivalent of a good high school education consisting
4* of at least 15 units credit as follows:
7 REQUIRED UNITS
8 Mathematics (from Algebra, Geometry and/or Trigonometry)
1 Science (Physics or Chemistry)
8: ELECTIVE UNITS-Preferably chosen from the following fields:
1. Additional Mathematics and Science
1:. History or Social Science
* Mechanical Drawing and Shop Work
(Candidates may submit application while courses are still in progress.
Candidates on active duty in the armed services may be discharged
early if qualified.)
S The required units in high school education, and the recom-
mended elective units, provide the kind of preparation that you
S will need to successfully complete the academic program at
Kings Point. If you do not presently meet these requirements,
S it may be possible for you to make up the deficiencies by enroll-
ment in special preparatory or summer school courses.
In addition to requirements listed above, regulations pre-
cribe physical requirements which must be met by applicants.
: ood physical health is mandatory not only for the Cadet at
ings Point, but for the ship's officer generally; in addition,
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The applicant is required to be in good physical aon. i
has shown that the conditions set forth below are..o ~ aitla
Minimum vision: 20/30 unaided by glasses, correctib!W to i20.1."
Hearing: 15/16 whispered voice, 40/40 tw ate, tick
Heart rate not over 100 nor under 60 in relining position
Blood pressure not over 180 systolic nor f 84 diast i
Normal color perception
Teeth: A minimum of 16 natural permanent teeth. of wIdh: ...
mum of 8 must be in each arch. .All missing j teth hi ch;
replaced would cause unsightly space or significantly.
masticatory or Inisal eafi~iency, must be replaced by bid
partial dentures whih e well design ad an'in' good n
The teeth must be free from dental caries. .
Height and Weight: Height to be measured without shoes an
without clothes. Fractions greater than % inch wit l bie aoidere
the net full inch... .. ..
Height (inches) -- Weght (ponds)---
Minimum 4 nimum 112 Madman' 160
66 116 1i3 1 :
66 120 17
67 124 176
68 128 .. 18
69 132 186:: :
70 136 1 ,..:,,
71 140 1, i!
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73 148 209
74 152 214:
75 156 '* 219 '...
76 160 ... -
77 164 20"
Maximum 78 168 25
Waivers for failure to meet any ok the above physical reqiuaienem :
wiw not be granted.
It is advisable for you to have your physical.. ..- ....
checked by your family doctor, before considering an app cat
for Kings Point. He will be able to determine if you have.:
disqualifying defect, and will also be able to recommend c
tive means if the disability can be corrected.
All successful candidates are notified by Kings RPoijt
report to a U. S. Navy facility for a final physical examine.
prior to appointment.
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: b .: liev. t.'.h fulfill the requirements for appointment,
I t|ge ir.e- the steps that you should take, and the sequence
1.. t; ; t your. BEi r or Congressman at the Senate or
UiNOfie Buidin UhhBr t e enclosed form letter, requesting
.M. jx Academy. Mal your
|:rizMea*tsthe T. S. ercant Marine Academy. Makp your
.ret.uest on e19;urgh so that the Congressman can confirm your
Sgiwaibyi ai~ nuar.y 31, 1959, which is the deadline for
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b. Yo1r iagressma will notify the Maritime Administra-
a you-r n6ina-tibo.-On that notification, the Academy will
Srat instn tions ceeed. with .the College Entrance Ex-
tin; administered nationally to Congressional nominees.
S:oi :ith tiese instructions, you wilf receive several forms:
(1) Application for admission; (4) Personal and educational record;
:' ) Activiti check sheet; (5) Forms for three letters of
,. Secondary school record; recommendation.
Some of the forms are to be completed by you, others are to
i mpleted, by persons other than you. All of the forms must
-". 'itampleted an:d etrned-to the. Academy by April 1, 1959.
i!ii8. The E;. itr'ce ~Examinations will be given March
S14190, t &lo." ti i- it io~re distant than 75 miles from your
e "i.. Costto fyou of .these examinations is $16. Examinations
isired.i f :Kings Pointers are:. Scholastic Aptitude Test (Ver-
i andti : natical Sections); English Composition; and
eithe bi~nediate orAdvanced Mathematics. Test. These
l the. tets :required by the Academy;: you may take other
ll .i .,O want to., for possible use at another institution.
'it of yobr test scores, plus the information contained
ison.al record forms, are .considered by a Selection
the -Aadey. From these data, you are given a rank
o.g Ai te applying from, your home state. Each
.t oftie Peiterj class proportionate to
S:rePe& tgr ~x:nd inal "~election is made
jelisib e tfromainothat state's applicants.
rie i the n dluation;h while test
Ss ficant, yor other otentialities for pro-
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fessional success are taken into account. Extra-curricular a
tivities, work experience, and other evidences of your capac
to assume leadership and responsibility are given considerable
attention in selections.
STATE QUOTAS FOR THE
CLASS ENTERING AUGUST, 1959
Alabama 6 Kentucky 6 New Mexico 2 Vermont
Arizona 2 Louisiana 6 New York 25 Virginia o.3
Arkansas 5 Maine 8 North Carolina 8 Washington '
California 18 Maryland 5 North Dakota 2 West Virginia "
Colorado 3 Massachusetts 9 Ohio 14 Wisconsin 7
Connecticut 5 Michigan 11 Oklahoma 5 Wyoming 2
Delaware 2 Minnesota 6 Oregon 3 Alaska 1
Florida 6 Mississippi 5 Pennsylvania 18 Hawaii 1.:i .
Georgia 7 Missouri 7 Rhode Island 2 Puerto Rico 1
Idaho 2 Montana 2 South Carolina 5 Dist. of Col. 4 A:
Illinois 15 Nebraska 8 South Dakota 2 Canal Zone 2
Indiana 7 Nevada 2 Tennessee 6 Guam 1
Iowa 6 N.Hampshire 2 Texas 13 Am. Samoa
Kansas 5 New Jersey 9 Utah 2 VirginIs. 1
5. About May 15, 1959, you will be notified if: (1) you have:.; '
been appointed, or (2) you have not been appointed, but have :i.,:
been placed on the alternate list, or (3) you have failed to qual-
ify. If you are appointed, or if you remain on the list of alter ..
nates, you will also be instructed to report to the nearest U. S.
Navy facility for a final physical examination. The list of al ::.
ternates is used to replace nominees who, after being selected, i,
decline the appointment. ....
6. If you are one of those finally appointed, then on about
August 1, 1959, orders will be issued for you to report to the :
Academy on August 24, for orientation and official induction into "i
the U. S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps.
If you should fail of appointment on your first attempt, you :
may apply again for the succeeding examinations, for so long
as you qualify under the entrance requirements. In each applica-
tion, the process described above must be repeated. "
There are things that you can do to increase your chances of '
selection. You can study for certain parts of the College En-
trance Examination-the achievement tests in English composi-
tion and mathematics, for example. If your background in .2
mathematics and science is weak, you can take preparatory
courses designed to improve your skills. Results of such courses ,-i
should be included in the information accompanying your-!: ii,
Successful completion of the Kings Point program does nabt:':
require that the Cadet be exceptionally brilliant. If you have
only an average high school record, but are truly interested in a .l
career at sea, the odds are that you will make better progress at.
Kings Point than a brilliant student who is not really motivated. ':
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S. derl academies, which include the U. S. Military
Academy, the Ui S.' Naval Academy, the U. S. Coast Guard
: Academy, and theiU. S. Air Force Academy. It prepares men to
become officers in the United States Merchant Marine and the
United States Naval Reserve and, like these other schools, is
military in character. It is a national institution, and an ac-
ctredited four-year degree-granting college as are the other
I Kings Point had its official beginnings in 1943, when the
:, Academy was dedicated. Prior to that time, the Cadet program
had been carried on aboard merchant ships and at temporary
establishments ashore. With the demand for greater numbers
of trained merchant officers to man the tremendous convoys of
l.: World War II, a permanent Academy was proposed and estab-
::J The location selected for the permanent academy has many
recommendations; it occupies 65 acres on the North Shore of
IA Island, facing the Sound. It is conveniently close to the
1;;;..ivast facilities of the Port of New York, which provides a giant
,: Classroom for Cadets, where they can see at first hand the manu-
f::acture of marine equipment, visit the busy terminals, and em-
bark on shake-down trips on merchant vessels. The Sound
,!'.. itself is turned into a classroom, where first-year men-the
lebes-can get the hang of handling a life-boat oar--catching
a: y a crab in the process at first. Thd Sound is. a playground,
ht for Cadets who use Academy sailboats for pleasant recrea-
A'. average enrollment at Kings Point is about 750, with an-
t;s-ir 250 aCadets in training at sea for the second year of the
s an. entering student at Kings Point, you will Itarn, first
of all, that your title is "Cadet,". and that for your. first year
:i.;. wil: have the additional title of "Plebe." Your status, so
.i as Selective Service is concerned, is the same as other. col-
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a deferred status so long as you are maintained .:.u
ing, and are satisfactorily pursuing the course of
At the same time, you will be takingcourses i Naval.i
(similar to NROTC in a civilian college) which qualify
commission as Ensign in the Naval Reserve. ::
As a Cadet, you will wear a uniform simlari th
by Midshipmen at Annapolis, and be subject to m ilitsrjit
line. Cadets are organized into a Regiment which is sub-
into battalions and companies, all under the command of
officers, with supervision by Maritime Service officerss '.
Hazing of Cadets is not tolerated at the Academy. I
to instill a high degree of military discipline, and training E~ i
courtesies of the service, a system of class rates operates:
the Regiment. As a Fourth-Classman, or Plebe, you Witl...
that you have many duties and few privileges under thel
rates system, but the prospect improves when you beme
In your first weeks at Kings Point, you will get the ~
sion that, between classroom assignments, duties in the
ment, and the complicated process of getting squared-away
this new kind of life, there is no time left that you can call yo
own. As you become settled, though, you'll find that two h
are set aside at the end of the academic day for free use. A
regular weekly and dinner liberty requests are extended. There~
are supplementary duties which will fall to your lot from time
to time, such as watch-standing, serving mess, working "e
duty" for infractions of regulations, or manning cleainghil '
tions in the barracks where all Cadets live. .
You will find a wide range of sports and othbr extra
lar activities for you to participate in. The Academy p
in most major and minor sports, competing with other
in football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, swimming ..
track, cross-country, sailing, pistol, rifle, and tennis. Theri:::
well-organized intramural athletic program for those noti.i.
ticipating in varsity sports.
The Cadets publish a newspaper, a magazine, and the yea
book, operate a broadcast unit, and maintain a score of
interest-groups, from skin-diving to debate, and including
recently-established drama group.
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kie1 Kiag Point motto is "Aeta Non Verba"--"deeds, not
rl" The .motto i' reflected in the major emphasis which
a y training places on the actual operation of the tools of
tauer's profession. If you refer to the sample course out-
Sages 6 and 8, you will note that much time is spent in
aano d machine shop, putting into practice the
l aeiuired in the classroom.
consequence, an outstanding feature of Kings Point is
.pa .ent provided for instruction. Ship type boilers in the
building actually provide steam for utilities and,
Aetime, furnish Cadets with actual experience in the
sa.d upkeep of marine boilers. Various types of en-
lt ding a free-piston Diesel engine, are used in instruc-
gl 15eT- Filectronics laboratory makes available the most
t itruments of navigation: gyro compasses, course re-
Sdection finders, radar, and loran. A small but complete
helps Cadets in the study of astronomy. One water-
:is consi. trusted like the deck of a cargo vessel, with
Se, and damkey engines to simulate exactly the con-
watered in :loading and unloading cargo.
j ings Pointer, you will share in the Academy's pride as
s hool of its kind, its growing tradition of service to
l, and its :.illis acceptance of the challenge to turn out
it iine'ofcer "second to none."
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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Expenses and Allowance
As a Cadet at Kings Point, you are provided .)':theB
ment with comfortable quarters, three substantial, well-
meals each day, and medical and dental care. In additp
will receive an allowance of $200 per year during eac.
three years residence at the Academy toward costs of
and textbooks. During the second year, spent at sea on me.
vessels, you receive quarters, meals, medical care, and a
of about $900 ($82.50 per month). Altogether, cash receipts
allowances total approximately $1,500, which will cover r,
general expenses throughout your training.
Although expenses and allowances ultimately balance o
heaviest expenses -you will incur are. early in the first, o
year, while income from allowances and earnings sea i:
spread over .four years. Consequently, you should bep--
to make cash deposits and payments in the amounts and at
times indicated as follows: 4, 4:
Deposit on day of reporting to Academy .... $825. ~!;
Cash purchases of required items .......... ..:118.00:
Deposit in January, 1960 ................. 00 a :
Total ............... ........... $598.0
The approximate expenses you will encounter in" the 'P-.!
year can be broken down as follows:
Uniforms ... ......... ..... ........ $37700,
Prescribed clothing ..................... 41
Other clothing, personal items ............. 68.00. i.
Educational supplies ...................... 50.00
Textbooks ........................... 85.00
Laundry, cleaning, haircuts, etc. .......... 132.00
Dies, subscriptions, etc. ................ 40.00
The major expense, for uniforms, does not recur in stt
proportions in succeeding years. Your initial deposits, plus: ii
$200 yearly allowance, will, as you see, cover your Plebe
expenses. The above figures do not include any personal A
penses, which will vary with the individual.
All of the figures cited above are based on the cost of:
in the present year, 1958. They would be subject, then, tw4lo
variation from year to year, but not in any great amou ti~ t
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Subject: U. S. Merchant Marine Academy -
Public Law l15 84th Congress -
Request for nomination
I am a resident of your constituency and respectfully request
that in accordance with the procedures of your office, that I may be
considered as a candidate (if not already filled) for one of your ten
nominations, to participate in the national competitive examinations
for appointment to the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy. The examinations
will be held on March 14, 1959. I understand that if nominated, all
further details and instructions will be conducted by the Maritime
To the best of my knowledge, I meet the General and Physical
Requirements for appointment to the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy, as
outlined on the reverse side of this letter. I understand that regard-
less of any standing that I may obtain in the competitive examinations,
my failure to meet these requirements may be cause for my rejection.
If further information pertaining to appointment to the U. S.
Merchant Marine Academy is desired by your office, the same may be
obtained from Captain John T. Everett, Cadet Training Officer, Maritime
Administration, U. S. Department of Comrerce, Washington, D. C., tele-
phone Code 178, Extension 3367.
Trusting that I may receive a favorable reply, I am,
Please print name and address
and date of births
The applicant must:
(a) Be a male citizen of the United States, native born or naturalized.
(b) Be unmarried and must never have been married.
(c) Be not less than 17 and not yet 22 years of age by July 1st of
the year in which admission is sought,
(d) Present the equivalent of a good high school education consisting
of at least 15 units credit as follows:
7 REQUIRED UNITS
3 Mathematics (from Algebra, Geometry and/or Trigonom-
1 Science (Physics or Chemistry)
8 ELECTIVE UNITS-Preferably chosen from the following
Additional Mathematics and Science
History or Social Science
Mechanical Drawing and Shop Work
(Candidates may submit application while courses are still in
progress. Candidates in the Armed Services may be dis-
charged early if qualified.)
The applicant is required to be in good physical condition. Experience
has shbwn that the conditions set forth below are of particular sig-
Minimum vision: 20/30 correctable to 20/20
Hearing: 15/15 whispered voice, 40/40 watch tick
Heart rate not over 100 nor under 50 in reclining position
Blood pressure not over 130 systolic nor 84 diastolic
Normal color perception
Teeth: A minimum of 16 natural permanent teeth of which a
minimum of 8 must he in each arch. All missing teeth, which
if not replaced would cause unsightly space or significantly
reduced masticatory or incisal efficiency, must be replaced by
bridges or partial dentures which are well designed and in
good condition. The teeth must be free from dental caries.
Height and Weight: Height to be measured without shoes and
weight without clothes. Fractions greater than % inch will
be considered as the next full inch.
Height'(Inches) Weight (Pounds)
Minimum 64 Minimum 112 Maximum 160
65 116 166
66 120 170
67 124 175
68 128 181
69 132 186
70 136 192
71 140 197
72 144 203
73 148 209
74 152 214
75 156 219
76 160 225
77 164 230
Maximum 78 168 235
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