PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 962-AUG. 13, 1946 Release from obliga- tion, etc. Enrollees. Naval aviation offi- cer candidate. Enlistment as ap- prentice seaman. Retainer pay and benefits. Time limitation. Travel allowance. for such periods as may be necessary to effectuate the purposes of this Act; and (c) he signs an agreement to accept a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps if offered and, having accepted such commission, he will, in the event of termination thereof, accept such commission in the Organized Naval or Marine Corps Reserve that may be offered him and thereafter will not resign from the Reserve prior to the sixth anni- versary of the date of rank stated in his original commission in the Regular Navy or Marine Corps. The Secretary of the Navy may release any individual from such obligation and separate the individual from the training program at any time that, in the opinion of the Sec- retary of the Navy, the best interest of the naval service requires such action. SEC. 3. The Secretary of the Navy is authorized to enroll in the training program- (a) any person (1) who, on May 1, 1946, was a member of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps or (2) who subsequent to such date may be admitted to such corps and who will not be more than twenty-five years of age on July 1 of the calendar year in which eligible for appointment to commissioned ranks pursuant to subsection 6 (a). Upon enrollment such persons shall be appointed midshipmen in the Naval Reserve. (b) as a naval aviation officer candidate (1) any high-school graduate or person of equivalent educational level, or any person who has completed satisfactorily less than two scholastic years' work in an accredited college or university, and who will not be more than twenty-one years and six months of age on July 1 of the calendar year of his appointment as midshipman as herein- after prescribed; each such candidate shall be enlisted as an apprentice seaman, United States Naval Reserve, and shall, follow- ing enrollment, be required to attend such accredited college or university as may be authorized by the Secretary of the Navy as a regular student until he shall have satisfactorily completed not less than two scholastic years of work and in addition shall be required to participate in such military or civil aviation training activities as may be prescribed by the Secretary of the Navy; following the satisfactory completion of such scholastic work and aviation-training activities, such candidates shall be appointed midshipmen in the Navy and ordered to duty for flight training; (2) any member of the Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps who has satisfactorily completed two scholastic years' training in such corps and any other person who shall have satisfactorily com- pleted not less than two scholastic years' work in an accredited college or university, and any enlisted man of the Navy or Marine Corps who shall demonstrate by a test the attainment of an educa- tional level equivalent to that of two scholastic years of work in an accredited college or university; such candidates shall be not more than twenty-one years and six months of age on July 1 of the calendar year of enrollment as an aviation officer candidate and, upon enrollment, shall be appointed midshipmen in the Navy and ordered to duty for flight training. SEC. 4 . Except as otherwise provided in this section, each midship- man appointed pursuant to part (a) of section 3, while continuing in such status, and each apprentice seaman enlisted pursuant to part (b) of section 3, until the completion of scholastic instruction, shall, except while on active duty, receive retainer pay at the rate of $600 per year and shall, in addition, be entitled to the'benefits provided for him by section 10: Provided, That such benefits and retainer pay may be received by midshipmen appointed pursuant to part (a) of section 3 for a period not exceeding four academic years. Each midshipman [60 STAT.