The United States Merchant Marine Academy is a federal service academy that educates and graduates licensed Merchant Marine officers. In addition to the rigorous academic and physical requirements for admission, applicants must be nominated by their Congressman or Senator. Kirlin was nominated by former Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick.
All USMMA graduates incur an obligation to serve the United States. The U.S. Flag Merchant Marine – manned exclusively by American mariners – is essential for securing the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivering warfighters, weapons, and military supplies in times of conflict. The majority of “Kings Pointers” serve for eight years as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program while working aboard U.S. flag vessels; others will serve on active duty in our nation’s armed forces.
By virtue of their elite training and real-world experience, graduates are ready to go on day one in service of American military strength and economic power. As part of his four-year education, Kirlin spent one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels.
He will fulfill his commitment as a Third Engineering Officer in the US Merchant Marine and a US Navy Strategic Sealift Officer.
PHOTO CAP: Kolbe Kirlin (right) with Vice Admiral Jack Bouno, Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.