After Commissioning

SSMP Midshipmen who commission into the Navy Reserve will have an eight year military service obligation.  The following is a list of the obligations and responsibilities of a commissioned Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO).  If an SSO fails to fulfill a program requirement, he/she may be placed into Inactive Status and dishonorably discharged from the Navy Reserve.
Active Duty for Training (ADT)
  • All Strategic Sealift Readiness Group (SSRG) members are required to complete 12 days of ADT each fiscal year (FY). ADT will be scheduled for all SSRG officers each FY between 1 October and 31 March.
  • Also required to liquidate DTS travel voucher within 5 days after departing from ADT.
Annual Reporting
  • Required to report current contact and civilian employment information.
  • Required to answer official correspondence, maintain NSIPS and inform SSO Program Office of all address, phone number, employment, and email changes.
Physical Health Assessment (PHA)
  • Required to obtain a PHA every 365 days.
  • Includes height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, visual acuity, immunization status, labs, lipid screening, annual dental examination, and dental readiness.
  • Maintain and ensure Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) is accurate and current, to include immunizations/boosters/etc.
Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA)
  • Required to complete one PFA per calendar year (1 January through 31 December).
  • Failure of the BCA or any individual portion of the PRT constitutes an overall failure of the PFA.
  • Includes:
    • Medical screening
      • PHA (must be current)
      • Physical Activity Risk Factor Assessment (PARFQ)
      • Pre-physical activity questions
    • Body Composition Assessment (BCA) - within height and weight standards
    • Physical Readiness Test (PRT)
      • Curl-ups for two minutes
      • Push-ups for two minutes
      • 1.5 mile run within prescribed time (or pre-approved alternative cardio such as elliptical, bike, or swim).
Maintain an Active USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)
  • Must be Unlimited Tonnage/HP on Oceans.
  • STCW endorsement must be valid (OICNW or OICEW).
Please refer to OPNAVINST 1534.1 (series) for program compliance, guidance, instructions and warfare qualification requirements.


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