46 U.S. Code § 51701 - United States Maritime Service

§ 51701.
United States Maritime Service
(a)General Authority.—
The Secretary of Transportation may establish and maintain a voluntary organization, to be known as the United States Maritime Service, for the training of citizens of the United States to serve on merchant vessels of the United States and to perform functions to assist the United States merchant marine, as determined necessary by the Secretary.
(b)Specific Authority.—The Secretary may—
determine the number of individuals to be enrolled for training and reserve purposes in the Service;
fix the rates of pay and allowances of the individuals without regard to chapter 51 or subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5;
prescribe the course of study and the periods of training for the Service; and
prescribe the uniform of the Service and the rules on providing and wearing the uniform.
(c)Ranks, Grades, and Ratings.—
The ranks, grades, and ratings for personnel of the Service shall be the same as those prescribed for personnel of the Coast Guard.
(d)Medals and Awards.—
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 Service.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


46 App.:1295e.

June 29, 1936, ch. 858, title XIII, § 1306, as added Pub. L. 96–453, § 2, Oct. 15, 1980, 94 Stat. 2006; Pub. L. 108–136, title XXXV, § 3515(e), Nov. 24, 2003, 117 Stat. 1795.


2008—Pub. L. 110–181, § 3523(b), repealed Pub. L. 109–163, § 3509. See 2006 Amendment note below.

Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 110–181, § 3523(a)(4), incorporated the substance of the amendment by Pub. L. 109–163, § 3509, into this section by substituting “of the United States and to perform functions to assist the United States merchant marine, as determined necessary by the Secretary.” for “of the United States.” See 2006 Amendment note below and section 18(a) of Pub. L. 109–304, set out as a Legislative Purpose and Construction note preceding section 101 of this title.

2006—Pub. L. 109–163, § 3509, as amended by Pub. L. 109–364, § 3510(d)(1), which directed the amendment of section 1295e(a) of the former Appendix to this title from which subsec. (a) of this section was derived, was repealed by Pub. L. 110–181, § 3523(b). See 2008 Amendment note for subsec. (a) and Historical and Revision notes above.

Effective Date of 2006 Amendment

Pub. L. 109–364, div. C, title XXXV, § 3510(d)(2), Oct. 17, 2006, 120 Stat. 2521, provided that:

“This subsection [amending section 3509 of Pub. L. 109–163 which had amended section 1295e(a) of the former Appendix to this title, from which subsec. (a) of this section is derived] shall be effective immediately after section 3509 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2006 (119 Stat. 3557) [Pub. L. 109–163] takes effect [Jan. 6, 2006].”

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