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.

  • Senior Chief Hull Maintenance Technician Mark Snortland debriefs civilian mariners after a firefighting drill aboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Lavin

    Senior Chief Hull Maintenance Technician Mark Snortland debriefs civilian mariners after a firefighting drill aboard the submarine tender USS Emory S. Land. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Andrew Lavin

  • 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

  • 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 civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable practice hose handling procedures. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Starr

    Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable practice hose handling procedures. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Starr

  • Hospitalman Sharon Tate and civil service mariner Maria Giudice, both assigned to USS Frank Cable, sand old paint off a wall in the charity wing of the James L. Gordon Hospital. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley

    Hospitalman Sharon Tate and civil service mariner Maria Giudice, both assigned to USS Frank Cable, sand old paint off a wall in the charity wing of the James L. Gordon Hospital. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley