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Strategic Sealift Officer

The Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP), formerly the Merchant Marine Reserve (MMR), is an excellent way to assist you in meeting the financial obligations of your college education.

The SSOP is designed to train and educate highly qualified students for commissioning and reserve duty service as officers in the Strategic Sealift Readiness Group (SSRG) component of the U.S. Navy Reserve (USNR). To be eligible for this program, a student must:

1.    Be a U.S. citizen

2.   Be at least 17 but less than 25 years of age (upon enrollment at MMA)

3.   Be physically qualified

4.   Possess satisfactory records of academic ability and moral integrity

5.    Demonstrate those characteristics desired of a Naval Officer

6.   Have no moral reservation or personal conviction that prevents the bearing of arms

7.    Be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science Degree Program leading to a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited License:

Students who meet the qualifications above may apply for Midshipman status in the SSOP and apply to participate in the U.S. Maritime Administration's Student Incentive Payment (SIP) Program.

If selected, an incentive payment of $8000 per academic year is provided for up to a maximum of four years. Student Incentive Payments of $4000 are made in September and January. The SIP Program requires students to obtain a Coast Guard Unlimited License and to apply for, and accept if offered, a Reserve officer commission in the U.S. Navy.

A student who receives SIP incurs an obligation to serve as an employee in the maritime or maritime-related industry, and in times of national emergency, to serve as a Naval Officer aboard a U.S.-flagged merchant vessel.

The program requirements are as follows:

1.    Apply for the SIP Program and Midshipman status in the U.S. Navy Reserve

2.   Complete a physical examination to verify eligibility (at Department of Defense expense)

3.   Students must agree in writing to apply for, and accept if offered, a United States Navy Reserve commission

4.   The application process takes up to two months and must be complete prior to the beginning of the academic year in order to be eligible for SIP during the Freshman year

5.    Continuation in the program is based on continued eligibility
(i.e. Minimum GPA 2.0 with satisfactory participation in SSOP program)

·      
First year

    1. Participate and successfully complete NROTC new midshipman orientation
    2. Participate in weekly Naval Science lab
    3. Pass Navy physical fitness assessment and swim qualification

·       Sophomore year

    1. Participate in weekly Naval Science lab
    2. Complete Nv-101 Naval Orientation
    3. Pass Navy physical fitness assessment and swim qualification

·       Junior year


1.    Complete Nv-222 Naval Science for the Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) I

2.   Participate in weekly Naval Science lab

3.   Pass Navy physical fitness assessment and swim qualification


·       Senior year


1.    Complete all processing and apply for a commission

2.   Pass the U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited License examination

3.   Complete Nv-402 Leadership and Ethics and Nv-442 Naval Science for the SSO II

4.   Participate in weekly Naval Science lab

5.    Pass Navy physical fitness assessment and swim qualification

6.   Be commissioned as an Ensign, SSRG (Stategic Sealift Reserve Group), USNR, at graduation

 

·       Minimum Obligation After Graduation

1.    Complete a minimum of two weeks of active duty each year for a total of six years, in a merchant marine related billet, at pay and travel/food reimbursement based on rank

2.   At least 150 days of sailing employment using one's Coast Guard License every calendar year for three years and maintain Coast Guard license for three additional years (First 6 of 8 year obligation)

3.   Remain in the Inactive Reserve (with no other obligations) for an additional two years (Last 2 of 8 year obligation)

For information about the SSOP, USNR, and SIP Programs at Maine Maritime Academy, contact Commanding Officer, NROTC Unit, Maine Maritime Academy, (207) 326-2352, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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