I'm confused about the obligations after graduation.
From the CSUM site - https://www.csum.edu/web/academics/program-overview:
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 (3) years following the date of graduation from the California Maritime Academy as:
[HR][/HR](1) As a Strategic Sealift 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
So working for the Military Sealift Command basically, right?
(2) 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
Does the bolded part above mean that this is only available if I can't be an SSO for some reason? I don't think I'd like working for the MSC.
(3) 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, Submariners, Special Ops (SEALs), Intel, as well as Marines, Coast Guard, Air Force, or Army.
How competitive is getting a commission as an officer and how does this work? I'm confused about the options here. Can you do any of them or only if number (1) isn't available to you? Regardless of the path chosen, are grads of the program SSOs? SSOs are officers in the Naval Reserve, correct? Does that mean you are part of the military and receive military benefits/pay? And how would that work if you decided to get an officer commission for a separate branch?