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 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 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

  • 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 Civilian Mariners assigned to USS Emory S. Land oversee crane operations to lift a dive boat onto the ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Williamson

    Sailors and Civilian Mariners assigned to USS Emory S. Land oversee crane operations to lift a dive boat onto the ship. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Williamson

  • Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable handle the steady line as the ship's centerline crane lowers the dive boat. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley

    Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable handle the steady line as the ship's centerline crane lowers the dive boat. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Corey Hensley