Military and Veteran Opportunities
Commissioning and Resources
The Strategic Sealift Midshipman Program (SSMP) is a unique type of NROTC Unit that is only offered at the seven maritime schools, and has several key differences. Upon graduation, the SSMP allows students earning a Coast Guard License to be directly commissioned as an officer into the Strategic Sealift Officer Program (SSOP), a specialized component of the Navy Reserve. Formerly known as the Merchant Marine Reserve, the SSOP is a cadre of naval officers who are licensed merchant mariners with sealift, maritime operations, and logistics subject matter expertise. The SSOP is called upon to provide integrated sealift operations in support of National Defense.
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy ROTC program first began in 1996 with just one cadet. We have since grown exponentially now having over 40 cadets participating in our program. MMA’s ROTC program is continuing to grow, bringing in a new class of freshman every year who are eager to learn and receive some of the finest leadership and management training there is. We have had a number of cadets graduate Massachusetts Maritime Academy and enter into the United States Army as a well-tuned Second Lieutenants. ROTC provides practical and hands-on experience that you can get nowhere else.