Strategic Sealift Midshipman Program

What is the SSMP?

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.

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.  These limited number of billets are based upon the current needs of the Navy and are not guaranteed.  If selected for Active Duty, the military service obligation is dependent upon the community.

Once commissioned into the Navy Reserve, Strategic Sealift Officer Program (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 the Individual Ready Reserve.  Strategic Sealift Officers are reservists who serve on periods of active duty to support both 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.

*** Now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year***


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