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 raise a Tomahawk cruise missile before loading it onto a submarine. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink

    Sailors and Civilian Mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable raise a Tomahawk cruise missile before loading it onto a submarine. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink

  • Sailors and civilian mariners muster on the flight deck of the Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce during an abandon ship drill. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Dawn Stankus

    Sailors and civilian mariners muster on the flight deck of the Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce during an abandon ship drill. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Dawn Stankus

  • Sailors and civil service mariners assigned to High-Speed Vessel Swift paint the San Pedro primary school during a community service project as part of Africa Partnership Station. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Felicito Rustique

    Sailors and civil service mariners assigned to High-Speed Vessel Swift paint the San Pedro primary school during a community service project as part of Africa Partnership Station. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Felicito Rustique

  • Civilian Mariners and Sailors assigned to USS Frank Cable lift a submarine capsule launch system Tomahawk cruise-missile practice shape as part of a Tomahawk site certification. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink

    Civilian Mariners and Sailors assigned to USS Frank Cable lift a submarine capsule launch system Tomahawk cruise-missile practice shape as part of a Tomahawk site certification. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink

  • 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