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. 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 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!