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For the State Maritime Academies Student Incentive Payment Program Class of 2011. YOUR MARITIME SERVICE OBLIGATION AND THE MARITIME ADMINISTRATION ENFORCEMENT. Office of Maritime Workforce Development. Your Service Obligation Contract. Service Obligations for SMA-SIP Graduates.

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for the state maritime academies student incentive payment program class of 2011
For the

State Maritime Academies

Student Incentive Payment Program

Class of 2011




Office of Maritime Workforce Development

service obligations for sma sip graduates
Service Obligations for SMA-SIP Graduates

Your Service Obligation Contract requires that after you have successfully completed the course of instruction at a SMA and fulfilled 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 or a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) with a license endorsement, including all endorsements held at graduation, for six (6) years after 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 and domestic commerce and the national defense of the United States for at least three (3) 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 Report information to annually between January 1 and March 1 until all components of your service obligation are completed.

In exceptional circumstances you may mail the Annual Compliance Report Form (MA-930) to the Maritime Administration (MARAD ) Office of Maritime Workforce Development (MAR-740).

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


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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 yes, if you have renewed or upgraded your license since your last report.
  • If you have renewed, include the date of the renewal.
  • Maintain at a minimum all endorsements held at graduation.
  • All mariners must have a valid Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).
  • 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 your type of work:
    • (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 a brief job description or list of responsibilities.
  • 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 also report annually and can do so to the Maritime Administration via the internet. In the employment section indicate the military branch of service, job title, rank, duty station and dates for each position.
reporting employment1
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 08/12/2011

Third Mate 08/13/2011 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 3 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 U. S.; or
  • Maintain a license as an officer in the U.S. merchant marine for at least 6 years after graduation; or
  • Report compliance annually via the internet at: or MARAD (MAR-740).
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 Federal SIP funds provided to you for the cost of your education

The cost of SIP funds owed can range between

$8,000 - $32,000 (and possible legal fees).

how to report compliance
How to Report Compliance
  • Via internet at


  • In Exceptional Circumstances if Access to the Maritime Administration Website above is Unavailable Mail Your Completed Annual Compliance Report Form (MA-930) to:

The Maritime Administration

Maritime Workforce Development (MAR-740)

1200 New Jersey Ave., SE

Washington, DC 20590

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. - if you have questions regarding your Annual Compliance Report.

* If you plan to attend graduate school to obtain a maritime-related degree you must complete a deferment form, posted on MARAD website or contact the SIP Coordinator at your State maritime Academy.