PLYMOUTH — Daniel Sinclair, of Plymouth, was recently sworn in as a Midshipman in the US Naval Reserve at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.

Sinclair was nominated to the elite federal service academy by state Sen. Edward Markey and congressman William Keating.

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. It is one of five federal service academies, which include the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

All USMMA 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 US armed forces.

The US Flag Merchant Marine, manned by US merchant mariners, is essential for securing the country’s commerce in peacetime and delivering warfighters, weapons and military supplies in times of conflict. The majority of “Kings Pointers” will serve as Navy reservists in the Strategic Sealift Officer Program while working aboard US flag vessels; others will serve on active duty in our nation’s armed forces.

As part of his four-year education, Sinclair will spend one year training as a cadet aboard ocean going vessels. USMMA is the only federal academy where students train on commercial vessels traveling around the globe.

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the dedication of the US Merchant Marine Academy. Dedicated in wartime, USMMA has served the nation in both peace and war. As the first federal academy to admit women, USMMA also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the first women to graduate from any federal service academy. Learn more at