Imagine my pleasant surprise when I received an email from Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby with additional data about sea year today. RADM Buzby sent the Alumni Association, the National Parents Association, and me a summary of the status of sea year training from 2014 through 2018 along with a spreadsheet breaking the data down by midshipman (using anonymous identifiers for each midshipman to protect privacy). The fact that this information was voluntarily released to groups that advocate for the Academy reflects a major change from the previous administration. (It also is further evidence that the RADM Buzby is implementing the recommendations of the MARAD Review recently released by the NAPA and described here.)
I’ve already followed up to ask for additional details that I understand are already incorporated in MARAD’s database. With the privacy issue addressed through the use of the anonymous identifiers, I’m hopeful that these details will be forthcoming soon.