The Secretary may establish and maintain a voluntary organization for the training of citizens of the United States to serve on merchant marine vessels of the United States and to perform functions to assist the United States merchant marine, as determined necessary by the Secretary, to be known as the United States Maritime Service.
(b) Enrollment; compensation; course of study and periods of training; uniforms
The Secretary may determine the number of individuals to be enrolled for training and reserve purposes in such service, to fix the rates of pay and allowances of such individuals without regard to the provisions of chapter
51 and subchapter
III of chapter
53 of title
5 (relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates), to prescribe the course of study and the periods of training in such service, and to prescribe the uniform of such service and the rules governing the wearing and furnishing of such uniform.
(c) Ranks, grades, and ratings same as for United States Coast Guard
The ranks, grades, and ratings for personnel of the United States Maritime Service shall be the same as are then prescribed for the personnel of the United States Coast Guard.
(d) Awards and medals
The Secretary may establish and maintain a medals and awards program to recognize distinguished service, superior achievement, professional performance, and other commendable achievement by personnel of the United States Maritime Service.
2006—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 109–163, which directed amendment of section 1306(a) of the Maritime Education and Training Act of 1980 by inserting “and to perform functions to assist the United States merchant marine, as determined necessary by the Secretary,” after “United States” the second place it appears, was executed by making the amendment to subsec. (a) of this section, which is section 1306 of act June 29, 1936, as added by section 2 of the Maritime Education and Training Act of 1980, to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
For transfer of authorities, functions, personnel, and assets of the Coast Guard, including the authorities and functions of the Secretary of Transportation relating thereto, to the Department of Homeland Security, and for treatment of related references, see sections
557 of Title
6, Domestic Security, and the Department of Homeland Security Reorganization Plan of November 25, 2002, as modified, set out as a note under section
542 of Title
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