What to Expect While in the SSMP

The following provides a brief overview of what a typical Midshipman can expect during their time in the Strategic Sealift Midshipman Program through commissioning.

Each semester (regardless of year):

  • Maintain both term and cumulative GPA greater than 2.5
  • Attend all routine Battalion events:
    • Military Lab (NS-1111, 0 credits): Mondays 1600 - 1800
    • Battalion Physical Training: Wednesdays 0600 - 0700
    • Military Drill and Rifle Training: Fridays 0600 - 0700
  • Support, as directed, additional scheduled Battalion events, such as:
    • Community service (typically one Saturday in a semester)
    • Battalion social events (typically one per semester)
    • Army vs. Navy flag football game (each fall)
    • Navy Birthday observance (each October 13th)
    • Open House events (as scheduled by the Academy)
  • Pass official Physical Fitness Assessment (minimum of Good-Low for 20-24 age group)
  • Complete Navy 3rd class swim qualification (repeat until qualified; successful qualification required to commission)
  • Complete Navy 2nd class swim qualification (repeat until qualified; successful qualification not required to commission)

Freshman year:

  • Preliminary selections are made in September of Fall semester based on academic record and aptitude
  • Complete a DoDMERB physical examination to verify medical eligibility
  • Students must agree in writing to apply for, and accept if offered, a Reserve officer's commission
  • Complete participation in the Navy SSMP New Student Orientation (typically in October and separate from the Academy Orientation process)

Sophomore year:

  • Pursue greater leadership roles within Battalion
Junior year:
  • Begin active duty selection package, if applying
  • Pursue greater leadership roles within Battalion
Senior year:
  • Complete all processing and apply for a commission
  • Pass the U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited License examination and meet all degree completion requirements.
  • Be commissioned at graduation as an Ensign in the SSOP, USNR or USN.
  • Must pass Navy physical fitness assessment and 3rd class swim qualification

Academic courses necessary in addition to degree requirements:

  • NS-2111 - Naval Science for the Strategic Sealift Officer (NS-1)
    • Typically during freshman or sophomore year
  • NS-3111 - Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) I
    • Typically during sophomore or junior year
  • NS-4111 - Leadership and Ethics
    • Must be taken during the fall semester of senior year
  • NS-4211 - Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO) II (Commissioning Seminar)
    • Must be taken during the spring semester of senior year
* These courses will satisfy free elective requirements.  NS-2111, NS-3111, and NS-4111 are 3.0 semester credit courses; NS-4211 is a 2.0 semester credit course.

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