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.

  • 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 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

  • Able Seaman Wilfredo Magno, a civil service mariner aboard USS Frank Cable, casts a mooring line to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla as it moors alongside. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ricardo Danan

    Able Seaman Wilfredo Magno, a civil service mariner aboard USS Frank Cable, casts a mooring line to the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS La Jolla as it moors alongside. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ricardo Danan

  • 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

  • Civilian crew aboard USNS Joshua Humphreys perform a stern fuel replenishment for United States Coast Guard Cutter Chinook. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Paul J. Williams

    Civilian crew aboard USNS Joshua Humphreys perform a stern fuel replenishment for United States Coast Guard Cutter Chinook. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Paul J. Williams