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.

  • Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable guide the lifting adapter to connect with the capsule launch system training shape fixture. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Delesia Buchanan

    Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable guide the lifting adapter to connect with the capsule launch system training shape fixture. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Delesia Buchanan

  • Sailors and civil service mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable steady a Tomahawk capsule launch system loading and handling trainer as it is lowered into place on a MK 23 Mod 0 Tilt Fixture. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corey Hensley

    Sailors and civil service mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable steady a Tomahawk capsule launch system loading and handling trainer as it is lowered into place on a MK 23 Mod 0 Tilt Fixture. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Corey Hensley

  • Civil service mariner crew members aboard USNS Robert E. Peary attach two pallets of cargo to a line for transfer to USNS Laramie during a connected replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Kim E. Dixon

    Civil service mariner crew members aboard USNS Robert E. Peary attach two pallets of cargo to a line for transfer to USNS Laramie during a connected replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Kim E. Dixon

  • 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

  • Third Officer Krystyn Rutzel, a civil service mariner aboard USNS Comfort, logs departure events before the ship's departure from Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Continuing Promise 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic

    Third Officer Krystyn Rutzel, a civil service mariner aboard USNS Comfort, logs departure events before the ship's departure from Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Continuing Promise 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic