Civil Service Mariners

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A civil service mariner, or CIVMAR, is a federal government employee who pursues a civil service, Navy career while assigned aboard U.S. government-owned, our ships that support Navy’s warfighters and warfighting platforms around the world. CIVMARs account for 80% of our workforce, their service is the backbone of our mission and it plays a vital role in the Navy’s ability to operate forward every day.

Because our ships are operated by civilians, crewing levels and crew organization aboard our vessels reflect the standards found aboard civilian commercial ships rather than combatant ships.

Additionally, the crews are divided between licensed and unlicensed personnel. Licensed personnel (i.e. the ship’s master and chief engineer) hold a current, U.S. Coast Guard-issued license, which is obtained through a combination of sea time and successful completion of a licensing exam. Although the division between licensed and unlicensed personnel aboard our ships may be compared to the officer/enlisted relationship aboard combatant vessels, a more appropriate analogy is the management/labor relationship in the civilian industry.

For current CIVMARs interested in human resource, medical, travel and pay information, visit: CIVMAR.sealiftcommand.com

For job information visit: www.sealiftcommand.com.

  • Engine Utility Willie Grant, one of more than 70 civil service mariners aboard USNS Comfort, lights off a burner on the starboard boiler in the engine compartment aboard the ship. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia D. Goosic

    Engine Utility Willie Grant, one of more than 70 civil service mariners aboard USNS Comfort, lights off a burner on the starboard boiler in the engine compartment aboard the ship. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia D. Goosic

  • Civil service mariners assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) heave in mooring lines in preparation for getting underway. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Gabrielle Joyner

    Civil service mariners assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) heave in mooring lines in preparation for getting underway. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Gabrielle Joyner

  • Sailors and civilian mariners deployed aboard USNS Grapple paint a Guatemalan schoolhouse. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Keck

    Sailors and civilian mariners deployed aboard USNS Grapple paint a Guatemalan schoolhouse. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Keck

  • A Sailor signals to civilian mariners aboard USNS Patuxent from the hangar bay of USS Abraham Lincoln during a replenishment at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II

    A Sailor signals to civilian mariners aboard USNS Patuxent from the hangar bay of USS Abraham Lincoln during a replenishment at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II

  • Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable handle the steady line as the ship's centerline crane lowers the dive boat. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley

    Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable handle the steady line as the ship's centerline crane lowers the dive boat. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley