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Hollsopple man joins other students at Merchant Marine Academy

December 28, 2018

Eli Kendall Reese, of Hollsopple, was recently sworn in as a midshipman in the U.S. Naval Reserve at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Reese was nominated by U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus.

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.

Academy graduates earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Merchant Marine officer license, and incur an obligation to serve the country as an active or reserve officer in the U.S. armed forces.

The U.S. Flag Merchant Marine — manned by U.S. merchant mariners — secures the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivers warfighters, weapons and military supplies in times of conflict. Most academy graduates will serve as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program while working aboard U.S. flag vessels; others will serve on active duty in the nation’s armed forces.

As part of his four-year education, Reese will spend one year training as a cadet aboard oceangoing vessels.

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