User talk:Tugboat069

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Rear admiral[edit]

Now I understand that the U.S. Maritime Service has two rear admirals however, 46 U.S.C. § 1295a of the U.S. Code of law does not states that they are holding a "commission" in the USMS. However, 46 U.S.C. § 1295b states that cadets of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as considered as midshipmen in the United States Navy Reserve. After graduating from the Merchant Marine Academy, they must serve time in the reserve of the United States Navy in which they are commissioned officer in the Navy. Furthermore, 46 U.S.C. § 1131(b) states that naval uniforms worn can only be worn by licensed officers in the Meritime Service who also serving members of the United States Navy Reserve. After reading the bios of both the superintendent of the Merchant Marine Academy and the president of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy were career Navy officers before they retired from active duty. This leads me to believe that they hold a reserve rank of rear admiral in the Navy which is why they wear a navy uniform. Now from your main page it states that you are a licensed merchant marine officer. Now my question to you is this, as a licensed officer, do you also hold a commission in the reserve of the Navy or Coast Guard? If so, then your addition the the Rear admiral (United States) should not be placed where it is. Neovu79 (talk) 23:32, 24 April 2009 (UTC)

I agree... If the Meritime Service does indeed utilize a President-issued officer commission, then it should be placed in the page. But I would like to see some sort of reference cited in the Rear admiral (United States) page, i.e. U.S. Code, or Public Law that states that they do indeed receive a commission from the President through the Secretary of Transportation or an issuing government authority like the seven uniformed services do. That way, there would be not be any doubt. Neovu79 (talk) 22:07, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
The Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force but their ranks are not officially recognized federal uniformed ranks; at least by U.S. Code or law. What sets the U.S. Maritime Service appart? Can Maritime Service officers be militarized and subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice? Neovu79 (talk) 22:24, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
Actually, you are wrong in one thing, there are not two, two-star rear admirals in the USMS, there are three. :-) The current Deputy Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy is also currently a two-star. :-) Neovu79 (talk) 14:31, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

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