Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Site Notification

Site Notification

USMMA Operations Status During a Lapse in Funding
In the event of a lapse in appropriations after September 30, 2023, the United States Merchant Marine Academy will remain open for normal operations.

U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Department of Transportation Icon United States Department of Transportation United States Department of Transportation

Prior Service

Armed Forces Enlisted Personnel

Enlisted members of the U.S. armed forces are encouraged to apply. This includes members on Active Duty, as well as members serving in any of the Reserve components.

The application process for enlisted members is essentially the same as for students applying for admission directly out of high school. Candidates must:

  • Complete the online application by the 1 FEB deadline.

  • Complete the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) physical examination and be medically qualified.

  • Pass the Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA).

  • Apply for and receive a nomination from either a U.S. Senator or a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (the nomination may be from either their original home State of residence or the State in which they are currently residing).

Enlisted Service members may substitute two of the required school official evaluations with letters of recommendation from commissioned and non-commissioned officers in their current chain-of-command.

Conditional Release

Important: Enlisted service members must request a conditional release via their chain of command as soon as they decide to start the application.

Evaluation Process

Applications from enlisted members will be evaluated and considered for admission directly into the Academy. Enlisted members who do not meet the academic requirements for admission may also be considered for a prep school sponsorship to either New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) or Marion Military Institute (MMI). Upon successful completion of the prep program, candidates are offered admission to the Academy the following year.

Age Requirements

Applicants to the Academy must not have passed their 25th birthday by 1 July of the year they are applying for entry.

Last updated: Friday, November 8, 2019

Applications for the Class of 2028 Now Open