USMMA Service Obligation

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  1. jamzmom

    jamzmom Founding Member

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    JAM had asked a while back about the service obligation of a USMMA Grad going Active duty vs. Reserves. I meant to answer but forgot until someone just ask me today about it. Sorry JAM, I didn't mean to ignore the question. Now, I'm not a whiz at this because its about the most complicated deal I think I've ever seen. :biggrin: In short, active duty has a 5 year requirement and must keep up their 3rd mates license for 6 years. Reserves serve 8 years with the license obligations as well:


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

    The Reserve information above is located on page 28 of the KP catalog. Page 26 is where it gives details of Active duty. If you go check out the Active Duty obligations, the kids have a boat load :biggrin: of choices to make in how they will serve. Page 27 of the catalog just plain looks like jibber jabber to me. LOL HEY! This stuff makes my head hurt! :smile:
     
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  2. Antoinette

    Antoinette Founding Member

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    This a nice article about a current KP Midshipman. His service obligation is mentioned.

     
  3. jamzmom

    jamzmom Founding Member

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    The mentioned Naval Reserves is 8 years. However, the reporter was correct on having the five year active duty obligation correct. Great article though! I can say first hand that MIDN Chrjapin is an outstanding young man.
     
  4. good sam

    good sam New Member

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    just for clarity

    sorry to be pedantic, but it is the US Navy Reserve, not US Naval Reserve. Thanks
     
  5. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    That was actually a fairly recent change as you can tell by the wording in the quotes from the first post by Jamzmom which still refer to it by "Naval Reserve". You are quite correct though that it is now known as the Navy Reserve. I forget the reasoning for the change, but it was something along the lines of 'make all the Navy including the Reserves sound the same'. To me sounds like someone needed a project to make Admiral :)
     
  6. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    Do the four years at the academy count toward retirement if you choose active service?
     
  7. KSMarinerdad

    KSMarinerdad New Member

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    Career Miltary Option

    Toddman,

    From what I understand, the 4 years at the Academy count as college just like at a non-service academy education, and not towards the active duty requirement for retirement. I've also heard some talk that this may change.
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Your time at an academy does not count towards retirement. I don't agree with it, but that's the way it is.
     
  9. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    LITS is correct....there is always some low level rumbling about trying to get it changed; however, I wouldn't hold your breath.
     

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