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Strategic Sealift Midshipmen Program Battalion 73 students and staff.

Department of Naval Science (Unit 73 - Massachusetts Maritime Academy)

The Strategic Sealift Midshipman Program is a program unique to the seven maritime schools which allows students earning a Coast Guard License to be commissioned as an officer into the Strategic Sealift Officer Program of the Navy Reserve upon graduation. SSOP officers serve in an Active Reserve status as either Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) or Selected Reserve (SELRES), with the majority of members falling under IRR. Strategic Sealift Officers are reservists who serve on periods of active duty to support afloat and shore side military and reserve fleet operations that call for the training and experience of Merchant Marine Officers. While most members of the SSOP work in the maritime industry in their civilian career, it is not a requirement of the program. SSMP midshipmen who commission into the Navy Reserve will have an eight year military service obligation. The program also offers a limited number of opportunities to pursue an active duty commission upon graduation. These limited number billets are based upon the current needs of the Navy and are not guaranteed. 

*** Now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year***
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