Meet medical standards specified by the U.S. Coast Guard for original licensing as
a merchant mariner, as well as those specified by the Department of Defense for commissioning
as a naval officer .
Be at least 17 years old and not have passed your 25th birthday on the day of enrollment
in the SSOP. In addition, there is an age limit of 27 by June 30th of your commissioning
year. Waivers are possible up to age 30 with prior military service.
Meet additional commissioning program requirements listed below.
Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 2.5.
You must be majoring in Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, or licensed-track
Complete NSC-100 Naval Science for the Strategic Sealift Officer (SSO), NSC-200 Naval
Science for the Merchant Marine Reservist I, and NSC-400 Leadership and Ethics for
Participate in a 2 hour Naval Science Lab once a week.
All program midshipmen must attain a performance level of "Good" on push-ups, plank,
and a 1.5 mile run on their physical readiness test per Navy standards.
All program midshipmen must participate in Unit-level physical training once per week.
All program midshipmen must qualify as a third-class swimmer.
Career Path Obligations:
Register with the Selective Service Registration Representative if required under
the Military Selective Service Act (MSSA).
Maintain a license as a deck or engineering officer with the U.S. Coast Guard for
at least six (6) years following the date of graduation from the Academy.
Serve the foreign and domestic commerce and the national defense of the United States
for at least three years following the date of graduation from the California Maritime
As a licensed merchant marine officer serving on vessels documented under the laws
of the U.S. or on vessels owned and operated by the U.S. or by a state or territory
of the U.S. or
As an employee in the U.S. maritime industry, profession, or marine science (as determined
by the Secretary of Transportation), if the Secretary of Transportation determines
that service under item (1) is not available to me, or
As a commissioned officer on active duty in an armed force of the U.S. or in the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for at least five (5) years, or
By combining the service specified in sections (1), (2), or (3) above.
Unlike other commissioning programs, members of SSO are not required to complete active
duty service. Program midshipmen, however, have the option to request an active duty
commission. Active duty officer commitments are based upon the community entered such
as Surface Warfare, Aviation, Submarine, SEAL, EOD, Intel, as well as Marines, Coast
Guard, Air Force, or Army.