“Whenever I go to a training, they’re like what, they have that in Colorado?” That’s how conversations start for Cadet Mueller, when he attends training. This past summer, Cadet Mueller went to Mumbai India as part of the International Exchange Program.
“It was 12 hours from Colorado, so It was halfway around the world,” he said. “It messed with my sleep system.” Cadet Mueller was one of just four American Sea Cadets to attend the training. “It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I think it was valuable, I mean I’m still in contact with a lot of the people that I met there from all of the other countries.”
His favorite part of the program? “Eating. I really enjoy indian food.”
Another highlight was a formal dinner. “We had the Supreme Naval Commander of Western India Naval Forces.” This experience was more social than he expected. “They were extremely friendly, I wouldn’t of expected that from Indian Naval officers.”
The 16 day visit looks good on a resume as Cadet Mueller looks beyond the Sea Cadet program. “It does just because you get leadership skills, and then just getting to know another culture, it really helps when you are applying to colleges.”
Cadet Mueller plans on going to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. “I want to go into International Cargo Shipping.” He decided this path when he was 10 years old. “It started when my parents brought me on a cruise. I liked being on a big ship and being on the water.” Cadet Mueller is in his 5th year with Lexington Division. “Through the program I learned about the Merchant Marines. It’s cargo shipping, but you’re working for the the government and I’ll be a Naval Reserve Officer.” Amazing what a land-locked Sea Cadet can and will accomplish.