Life after graduating USMMA

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  1. Augustus

    Augustus Member

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    After graduating the USMMA, are you required to attend a specific service or is it open, in general, to all other services?
     
  2. shutterbugC

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    After graduation, you have 2 choices. Service or Civil. Each with a 5 year commitment and 8 years in Navy Reserves or some other branch of reserves. They choose which service branch to serve. If they go Civil, it is with a US Flagship company but I heard recently that they have opened it up to International Flagship companies as well.
    So to answer your question, they choose which of the 5 services they want to serve in.
     
  3. sprog

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    Really? Is this for a specific kind of ship only or is it true across the board?
     
  4. shutterbugC

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    Don't know. Went to an Alumni meeting and the President said that he went to a presidents meeting at KP a few weeks prior and that was one of the announcements.
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    In the past few years it was for LNG shipping. Haven't heard anything about further changes, but me not hearing doesn't mean it isn't happening.
     
  6. luv2fly

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    So if DS goes active duty Navy. He then does 8 years Navy Reserve after the active duty stint?


    I think you have more than two choices. Active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Maritime Industry with the Navy Reserve. NOAA, CIA, and one other Government Agency I can't remember the name of.

    luv2fly
     
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  7. jasperdog

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    No. If they go active duty they have a five year service obligation just as they do at any of the other academies. If they do not go active duty they have employment restrictions for 5 years and they have an 8 year obligation to stay in the reserves, which are satisfied concurrently. It's all clearly explained in the section "Service Obligation After Graduation" on page 27 of the USMMA Catalog as visible on the USMMA Website here:

    http://www.usmma.edu/admissions/PDFs/Catalog3.pdf

    CIA is not one of the options that is listed as an active duty option or as automatically being accepted as qualifying employment or service though one could seek a determination that it be acceptable through the process that you go through with MARAD after graduation to see if they would accept it. The Active Duty options are: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, US Coast Guard, and NOAA Corps through the specific citations of the applicable Public Law (Maritime Education and Training Act of 1980).

    Hope this helps.
     
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  8. sprog

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    So if you sail on one of these LNG ships, do you have to meet the requirements of the nation under which the ship is flagged? I mean, say it's a Dutch ship, do you have to get a Dutch Mate/Engineer license or is there some kind of reciprocity?
     
  9. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    To sail on any ship you have to meet the requirements set forth by the country in which the ship is registered. The US requires you to have a US license, other flags do not necessarily have the same requirements.

    I don't know the particulars for the various countries, but I'm sure the company that would be hiring you would know them well and know how to get one appropriately credentialed, if something more was needed.
     
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    I believe you can also satisfy your service obligation through the uniformed public health service.
     

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