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The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program is designed to train and educate highly qualified students for commissioning and active service as unrestricted line officers in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps.
The mission of the Naval Science Department is to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically, and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty and loyalty with the core values of honor, courage and commitment in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character in order to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.
Naval and Marine Corps officers are commissioned from Maine Maritime Academy in two categories:
Following graduation from MMA and a commission through MMA's NROTC unit, new ensigns (USN) and second lieutenants (USMC) continue on to assignments in Naval Aviation, Surface Warfare, Submarine Warfare, or Special Forces.
The Merchant Marine Reserve (MMR) program is designed to ensure the United States has a sufficient merchant marine to serve as naval support in time of a national emergency. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) is presently funding a Student Incentive Payment (SIP) of $8,000 annually to offset school costs.