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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Damage Controlman 2nd Class Anthony Kevan and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable conduct damage control training while passing through the Philippine Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Chris Salisbury

    Damage Controlman 2nd Class Anthony Kevan and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable conduct damage control training while passing through the Philippine Islands. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Chris Salisbury