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U.S. Naval Reserve

U.S. Navy ATFP logoIf you're looking for a more regimented academy experience, you may want to consider our Strategic Sealift Midshipmen Program (SSMP). This is not a separate academic program, but rather a series of coursework that supplements your cadet experience. Select students of the SSMP program are eligible to receive Student Incentive Pay (SIP) towards their education.

Link to more information: Strategic Sealift Midshipmen Program

This program is open to any cadet participating in the Deck or Engineering (U.S. Coast Guard unlimited license) program. Students normally apply after admission to the academy and begin their Naval Science training their freshman year.


In addition to your academic courses, midshipmen take two additional Naval Science courses, MNS 200 and 250. You wear prescribed Navy uniforms during military labs, drills, military science presentations and other practical training activities. These programs offer a taste of military life, and round out your military training.


The U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) is presently awarding a limited number of Student Incentive Payment (SIP) awards of $8,000 annually to offset school costs. To qualify for SIP, you must be physically and academically qualified. We encourage you to apply early for SSMP if you are interested in qualifying for the SIP funds. You may participate in the SSMP without receiving SIP.

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