(a) Application requirement.--Before being appointed as a cadet at the United States Merchant Marine Academy,
a citizen of the United States must agree to apply for midshipman status in the Navy
Reserve (including the Merchant Marine Reserve, Navy Reserve).
(1) In general.--A citizen of the United States appointed as a cadet at the Academy shall be appointed
by the Secretary of the Navy as a midshipman in the Navy Reserve (including the Merchant
Marine Reserve, Navy Reserve).
(2) Rights and privileges.--The Secretary of the Navy shall provide for cadets of the Academy who are midshipmen
in the United States Navy Reserve to be--
(A) issued an identification card (referred to as a “military ID card”); and
(B) entitled to all rights and privileges in accordance with the same eligibility criteria
as apply to other members of the Ready Reserve of the reserve components of the armed
(3) Coordination.--The Secretary of the Navy shall carry out paragraphs (1) and (2) in coordination
with the Secretary of Transportation.
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