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: sealiftcommand.com.

  • 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 and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable guide the lifting adapter to connect with the capsule launch system training shape fixture. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Delesia Buchanan

    Sailors and civilian mariners assigned to USS Frank Cable guide the lifting adapter to connect with the capsule launch system training shape fixture. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Delesia Buchanan

  • Civilian Mariners and Sailors assigned to USS Frank Cable lift a submarine capsule launch system Tomahawk cruise-missile practice shape as part of a Tomahawk site certification. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink

    Civilian Mariners and Sailors assigned to USS Frank Cable lift a submarine capsule launch system Tomahawk cruise-missile practice shape as part of a Tomahawk site certification. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jason C. Swink

  • Third Officer Krystyn Rutzel, a civil service mariner aboard USNS Comfort, logs departure events before the ship's departure from Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Continuing Promise 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic

    Third Officer Krystyn Rutzel, a civil service mariner aboard USNS Comfort, logs departure events before the ship's departure from Port-au-Prince, Haiti during Continuing Promise 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alesia Goosic

  • 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