Can You Hear Them Now?

Cadet happily rings bell

Last week, MMA's senior (1/C) license candidates sat for the United States Coast Guard Exams, or as they're known, the "Coasties." Spread over four days, these grueling tests lead to licensure, providing Deck and Engine majors with their "tickets to ship!"

For MMA's Marine Engineering and Transportation majors, the USCG exam is the biggest step in the Academy’s education and training process. The Engineers take examinations in Steam Engines I and II, Diesel Engines I and II, Electricity, Safety, Turbines, and General Subjects. Transportation majors, the "Deckies" are tested in Terrestrial and Celestial Navigation, Chart Plotting, Rules of the Road, Safety, Navigation General Subjects and Deck General Subjects. The standard passing score for each of these exams is a 70% or better, except in some of the deck subjects, which require a score of 80% or 90% to pass the exam.

cadet rings bell

cadet rings bell

cadet rings bell

cadet rings bell

Deckies who go "7 for 7” or Engineers who go "8 for 8” have passed 100%. If a cadet fails one or two of the modules, they are allowed an opportunity to retake those particular modules in the following weeks. The goal for all is to pass all modules the first time around so they graduate with their diploma in June. While it may seem daunting, it brings fours year of cumulative training and learning to the ultimate test.

A few years back a new MMA tradition began when MMA's license track seniors asked for a bell to be placed in the quad, so when they successfully passed all their exams, they could alert the campus community of their accomplishment by ringing the bell. Needless to say...it's a day filled with the song of the bell ringing.