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For the USMMA Class of 2011. YOUR MARITIME SERVICE OBLIGATIONS AND THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION ENFORCEMENT. Office of Maritime Workforce Development . Your Service Obligation Contract . Service Obligations for USMMA Graduates.

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for the usmma class of 2011
For the

USMMA Class of 2011




Office of Maritime Workforce Development

service obligations for usmma graduates
Service Obligations for USMMA Graduates

Your Service Obligation Contract requires that after you have successfully completed the course of instruction at the Academy and fulfill the requirements for an unlimited license as an officer in the Merchant Marine of the United States you must :

  • Maintain a U.S. Coast Guard license as an officer or a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with a license endorsement, including all endorsements held at graduation, for six (6) years following graduation; and
  • Apply for and accept, if tendered, an appointment as a commissioned officer in the reserves of the armed forces of the United States and maintain that commission for at least six (6) years* after graduation; and
  • Serve in the foreign or domestic commerce and the national defense of the United States for at least five (5) years following graduation as:
    • (A) a merchant marine officer on a U.S. flag vessel; or
    • (B) a commissioned officer on active duty in the U.S. armed forces or NOAA Corps; or
    • (C) with the Federal government in a maritime-related position that serves the national
    • security interests; or
    • (D) ashore, in a U.S. maritime related industry, profession or marine science. C and D require a MARAD approved determination prior to accepting other than afloat positions; and
  • Submit your Annual Compliance information annually between January 1 and March 1 to all components of your service obligation are completed.

In exceptional circumstances you may email your Annual Compliance Report Form (MA-930) to the USMMA (DPDCS) at .

*All armed forces of the United States are currently requiring 8 years.


Remember your username and password!

personal information
Personal Information

Ensure that your personal information is correct and up to date.

service information
Service Information
  • If you are in the Military Reserve, check YES if you are maintaining your commission.
  • If you are Active Duty Military, check NO in the Military Reserve section, and report your Active Duty status in the Employment section.
  • Check if you have renewed or upgraded your license since your last report.
  • If you have renewed, include the date of the renewal.
  • You must maintain a valid USCG MMC with a license endorsement and Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) endorsements for 6 years.
  • All mariners must have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) for their MMC to be valid.
  • List any new Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW) endorsements since your last report.

Renewal for continuity or a limited license is not acceptable, and does not fulfill your service obligation!

reporting employment
Reporting Employment
  • Report the category that best fits the type of work you do:

(1) Afloat; (2) Maritime Related; (3) Federal/State Government Maritime Related; (4) Non-Maritime; (5) Graduate School; (6) Unemployed; and (7) Active Duty Military/NOAA Corps.

  • Include the name and address of your employer, your job title and job description.
  • If you are reporting employment afloat indicate: Employer (name of shipping company), ship name, flag of registry, shipboard position, and dates afloat. DO NOT REPORT YOUR UNION AFFILIATION AS YOUR EMPLOYER.
  • Individuals on active duty military service must submit compliance reports to the USMMA (DPDCS). Indicate the Military Branch of Service as your employer.
reporting employment14
Reporting Employment
  • Account for ALL of your time including unemployment.
  • Indicate the exact begin and end dates for your employment.
  • Dates must be entered as MM/DD/YYYY. For example:

Position TitleBegin DateEnd Date

Unemployed 06/21/2011 08/22/2011

Third Mate 08/23/2011 12/31/2011

  • Do not use invalid dates such as: Present, Current, Indefinite, or Now. You must enter month, day and year.
  • Do not report future employment. End dates for employment must not exceed the current date.
enforcement of obligation
Enforcement of Obligation
  • Failure to meet any component of your obligation, including reporting, may result in a breach of your service obligation commitment.
  • The Maritime Administration monitors annual reports to ensure that we have a sufficient skilled force of licensed officers to crew our vessels, privately-owned, and Navy vessels to support the Department of Defense in times of emergency or mobilization.

Enforcement of Obligations

  • You may be in breach of the service obligation agreement if you fail to:
  • Meet the 5 year employment requirements; or
  • Serve for a period of at least 6 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve, the USCG Reserve, or any other reserve unit of an armed force of the United States; or
  • Maintain a USCG license or MMC with a license endorsement as an officer in the U.S. merchant marine for at least 6 years after graduation; or
  • Report compliance annually to the USMMA (Dept. of Professional Development and Career Services).
enforcement of obligations
Enforcement of Obligations

If you are found in default of your Service Obligation Contract, possible disciplinary actions include: (i) involuntary active duty in the military or (ii) reimbursement of the cost of your USMMA education.

The cost of your USMMA education is approx. $216,000.

how to report compliance
How to Report Compliance
  • Enter data on website -


  • In Exceptional Circumstances if access to the Maritime Administration Website above is unavailable send scanned annual report form via email to
any questions
Any Questions?

If you have questions about Service Obligation Compliance,


Attn: Maritime Graduate

Use this same contact if you are having difficulty using the compliance reporting system website or have comments.

If you have questions regarding your Annual Compliance Report , email:

If you plan to attend graduate school to obtain a maritime-related degree you must complete a deferment form, posted on MARAD website

Provide the Deferment Form to the DPDCS at USMMA