Service Obligation Question

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  1. Goat2015mom

    Goat2015mom Member

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    I'm a little confused about the service obligation. I see that there is an obligation for both maritime and Naval Reserve. My DS would like to go active duty upon graduation. How does that effect the dual obligation? Any insight is appreciated!
     
  2. kpmom2013

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    If your DS chooses to go active duty (as about one third of the graduating mids do lately) that will satisfy his service commitment in lieu of maritime/naval reserve duty.
     
  3. KPatKP

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    As I understand it the US Naval reserve obligation is a total of 10 years. 4th year, Plebe Candidates, are sworn into the USNR on Acceptance Day in early September of their Freshmen, Plebe, year. So they are in the USNR throughout their 4 (hopefully) years at USMMA. The remaining 5 year obligation, upon graduation, can be served as active duty in ANY branch of the military or by working in an approved area of the Merchant Marine industry. That totals 9 years. USMMA grads need to remain in the USNR for one more additional year after all other obligations are fulfilled.

    I hope that this is;

    A) Correct and
    B) Not too confusing.
     
  4. wac2013

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    the service obligations are as follows:

    either:
    8 years Naval Reserve AND
    maintain your license for at least 6 years (one renewal at the 5 year point) AND
    sailing in the maritime industry or approved shoreside job (rare) for 5 years

    OR

    an active duty commission for the minimum service requirement of whichever service you choose, with any additional timre requirements (flight school, med school, law school, etc) added to said time as appropriate.
     
  5. jasperdog

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    WAC2013's listing is correct though I continue to wonder why so many people still have the feeling that approval for approved shoreside employment is "rare" - there are, have been and continue to be many approvals granted and right now with sailing employment tight that is likely to continue.

    The "10 year number" that seems to be thrown around by some must be the four 4 as a Midshipman USNR you serve while attending the Academy and the minimum of six (6) that you must serve following graduation if you do not go active duty.

    Further the "1/3rd" going active duty number that kpmom2013 is citing is reflective of the past ~4 years graduating classes.

    Just my thought on your post - If your son or daughter is certain or nearly so that they wish to go active duty, vice also consider a career in the maritime industry, especially if they are thinking of a pursuing a career that is not in one of the Military Branches with a maritime focus (Navy, or Coast Guard), they may well be better served pursuing another route to obtaining their commission. As has been cited in numerous threads on this subject the USMMA is primarily a Maritime School and it's primary purpose and focus is to train Mariners, as such if their interests are not in those areas, a young man or woman is likely to find the majors and experience they receive training and education in at USMMA far less interesting or useful than someone who wants to be a Merchant Mariner, Naval Officer, or Cost Guardsman. That said, they will of course receive a fine education and have both those and other opportunities to serve upon graduation.
     
  6. Goat2015mom

    Goat2015mom Member

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    Thanks!

    Thank you all for your posts, I think I have a better understanding now. Jasperdog, I understand your concerns, DS has also applied to Coast Guard and Navy...definitely pursuing a maritime career :thumb:
     
  7. jasperdog

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    Just wasn't sure you were talking about a maritime career, since the USMMA's mission as stated is currently:

    “To educate and graduate Merchant Marine officers and leaders of honor and integrity who serve the maritime industry and Armed Forces and continue to the economic, defense and homeland security interests of the United States.”

    The curricula are very focused on maritime studies... some prospective students find that very limiting while others find it enhances a common sense of purpose and providses a sound basis for the bonds that enhance esprit d'corps ....
     
  8. KP2013dramamama

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    Hey Jasperdog, I love reading your posts. Your writing is concise and exquisite. Keep up the great communications and thanks.:worship:
     
  9. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    I recommend everyone make the extra effort to get good retirement years from the beginning. It will take some extra effort to get the necessary points for those who dont do weekend drills, but you can never go back to get good years once the calendar turns.

    Secondly, its actually Navy Reserve, not Naval Reserve. The name was officially changed about 5 years ago.
     

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