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 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

  • 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

  • Civil service mariner Tom Simonson helps a Cambodian woman board a ferryboat back to Sihanoukville during Pacific Partnership 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder

    Civil service mariner Tom Simonson helps a Cambodian woman board a ferryboat back to Sihanoukville during Pacific Partnership 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Kristopher Radder

  • Sailors participate in a fire-fighting exercise alongside  mariners aboard USNS Mercy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen

    Sailors participate in a fire-fighting exercise alongside mariners aboard USNS Mercy. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Michael Feddersen

  • 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