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.

  • A Sailor signals to civilian mariners aboard USNS Patuxent from the hangar bay of USS Abraham Lincoln during a replenishment at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II

    A Sailor signals to civilian mariners aboard USNS Patuxent from the hangar bay of USS Abraham Lincoln during a replenishment at sea. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Carlos M. Vazquez II

  • Civil Service Mariners receive cargo aboard USNS Richard E. Byrd from USNS Amelia Earhart during a dual underway replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel

    Civil Service Mariners receive cargo aboard USNS Richard E. Byrd from USNS Amelia Earhart during a dual underway replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Valcarcel

  • 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 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

  • Civil service mariner crew members aboard USNS Robert E. Peary attach two pallets of cargo to a line for transfer to USNS Laramie during a connected replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Kim E. Dixon

    Civil service mariner crew members aboard USNS Robert E. Peary attach two pallets of cargo to a line for transfer to USNS Laramie during a connected replenishment. U.S. Navy photo by Kim E. Dixon