In a recent post, I identified the various people and groups who know that sea year is safe and the only three people who claim otherwise. Someone just sent me a publication produced by the American Maritime History Project called “The Kings Point Leadership Experience – Folio 3” that extols the virtues of sea year — “the first pillar” of the Academy. The reason they sent it to me was that Veronica Barry, who currently serves as the Academy’s Public Affairs Officer, is quoted in it, saying:
“I have three daughters, who are all little now, but if any of them wanted to come here, I’d be all for it. Sometimes parents worry about sending their children out on the seven seas, but it’s really a great experience.”
So I think I can add her to my list of people who know that sea year is safe. (In fairness to Barry, I should point out that the quotation is from 2009; but, I sure would like to see a member of the press ask her if she still feels that way and, if not, what data made her change her mind.)
The publication is copyrighted, so I can’t post a link to it. But, I would encourage everyone to get a copy. It’s available from American Maritime History Project, Inc. c/o Bland Library, USMMA 300 Steamboat Road, Kings Point, NY 11024. It provides a great primer on the evolution of the two pillars of the Academy that the current administration is intent upon tearing down: sea year and the regimental system.
(Haven’t had any time to post about the attack on the second pillar but apparently the Commandant of Midshipman has embarked upon a plan to create a safe space for plebes by undermining the regimental system. Anyone who reads The Kings Point Leadership Experience-Folio 3 will gain great insight into how carefully both sea year and the regimental system have been designed over the years and how important they are to producing the outstanding leaders that the Academy produces. So as Jaenichen and Helis flounder on the bridge of the sinking ship, the commandant is busy opening sea cocks and flooding the bilges.)