Naval Service Commissioning Programs

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps

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. To be eligible for this program, a student must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen
  2. Be at least 17, but less than 27 years of age at graduation
  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 convictions that prevents the bearing of arms

The NROTC Scholarship Program offers the following benefits: all tuition and fees paid, a book allowance ($375 per semester), a uniform allowance, and a per month subsistence allowance during the school year, (Freshman: $250; Sophomore: $300; Junior: $350; Senior: $400). Additionally, National Scholarship winners who attend Maine Maritime Academy are provided free room and board or a stipend of $1,000 per semester in lieu of room and board if not residing in the campus dormitory. Scholarship Program graduates receive commissions in the Navy or Marine Corps and are required to serve on active duty for a minimum of five years. High school students may apply for the NROTC National Scholarship Program anytime between the spring semester of their junior year and the fall semester of their senior year. Because the total number of scholarships given varies each academic year, early application is strongly recommended for this highly competitive program.

The NROTC College Program offers students who are not on scholarship the opportunity to participate in the NROTC and potentially earn their commission as a Naval or Marine Corps Officer. If selected for a two or three year scholarship, benefits include a uniform allowance, $350 per month subsistence allowance during the junior year, and $400 per month subsistence allowance during the senior year. Graduates of the NROTC College Program receive commissions and are required to serve on active duty for a minimum of five years. Students may apply for the NROTC College Program anytime during their first year through the end of their sophomore year.

Scholarships are also available to qualified students who join the NROTC unit after they arrive on campus. The NROTC Unit Professor of Naval Science makes nominations for these scholarships after a student has been in the NROTC College Program for at least one semester. Selection is based on academic performance, aptitude for Naval service, and the recommendation of the Professor of Naval Science.

For more information about the NROTC National Scholarship or College Programs, contact your local Navy Recruiting Office. Further information on NROTC programs and application forms can also be obtained at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil/ or by calling 1-800-NAV-ROTC.

For information about the NROTC Program at Maine Maritime Academy, contact Commanding Officer, NROTC Unit, Maine Maritime Academy, P.O. Box 137, Castine, ME  04421-0137, (207) 326-2352, or email mmanrotc@mma.edu. Also, visit the MMA NROTC home page at http://nrotc.mma.edu/.

Strategic Sealift Officer Program

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. Have a satisfactory record 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:

Marine Engineering Operations
Marine Engineering Technology
Marine Systems Engineering – License Track
Marine Transportation Operations

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 each semester. 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. Prior to arriving at MMA, 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 NV101 Naval Orientation
3. Pass Navy physical fitness assessment and swim qualification

Junior year
1. Complete NV222 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 NV402 Leadership and Ethics and NV442 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, with pay and travel/food reimbursement
2. At least 150 days of sailing employment using one’s U.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 mmanrotc@mma.edu.