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 mariners assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) heave in mooring lines in preparation for getting underway. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Gabrielle Joyner

    Civil service mariners assigned to the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) heave in mooring lines in preparation for getting underway. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Gabrielle Joyner

  • 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

  • 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

  • Engine Utility Willie Grant, one of more than 70 civil service mariners aboard USNS Comfort, lights off a burner on the starboard boiler in the engine compartment aboard the ship. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia D. Goosic

    Engine Utility Willie Grant, one of more than 70 civil service mariners aboard USNS Comfort, lights off a burner on the starboard boiler in the engine compartment aboard the ship. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia D. Goosic

  • 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