**The Supply Utilityman, and Ordinary Seaman are civil service mariners (CIVMARs) employed by the Navy to serve the Military Sealift Command (MSC) onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, contested or uncontested environment.
The Supply Utilityman (SU) is an unlicensed entry level member of the Supply Department crew. Performs general hotel service work such as food handling and preparation, serving meals, busing tables and laundry. Responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of the staterooms, bathrooms, passageways and common areas of the ship, and assisting the Chief Steward with daily provisions and manning underway replenishment rigs on all classes of MSC civil service crewed ships. Performs other duties as assigned.
The Ordinary Seaman (OS) is an unlicensed entry level member of the Deck Department crew. Performs work pertaining to general maintenance, repair, sanitation, and upkeep of material, equipment, and areas that are the responsibility of the Deck Department. General maintenance consists of, but is not limited to: chipping, scaling, scraping, priming, painting, sounding and or cleaning of the ship’s hull, decks, superstructure, cargo gear, smokestack, rescue boats, lifeboats and or life rafts, emergency and damage control gear, and working aloft. Performs traditional shipboard marlinespike seamanship duties that include the splicing of wire rope, as well as synthetic and natural fiber lines, reaving and unreaving blocks and falls, overhauling and maintaining both standing and running rigging, cargo loading, discharging, shoring, lashing, and rigging cargo nets, slings, ladders, boat fenders, tricing pendants and gangways. This includes sweeping, scrubbing, sougeeing and conducting wash downs in general, and the sorting and proper disposal of trash and garbage.
Selected candidates will be placed in Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program (OSAP) for on-the-job training and work experience. Candidates will receive training including Rating Forming Part of Navigational Watch (RFPNW), Able Seaman in Lieu Course, and Lifeboat in Lieu Course and up to 120 Navigational Watches.
Candidate must sign a 36 months service agreement and obtain the required endorsement as specified on the OSAP Agreement. Upon completion of program requirements, participant will become eligible for consideration for permanent promotion from Ordinary Seaman to Able Seaman (AB). Selection will be contingent on the successful completion of an administrative review (medical, security, discipline, etc.), and a review of supervisory evaluations and input regarding performance and readiness for permanent promotion to AB. An authorized AB position must be available in order for the promotion to be effected.
Failure to comply with the program requirements within the allotted time may result in termination from employment.
Must be eligible to have access to, handle, and be qualified in small arms in accordance with OPNAVINST 3591.1.
Everything in this Position Description is considered to be an essential function of this position. Performs other duties as assigned.
Requires Security Clearance
Minimum Eligibility Requirements: Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of age and possess and maintain:
U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven months of expiration date.
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration.
United States Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), with a minimum of ten months remaining of expiration date.
Position Specific Requirements:
MMC endorsed as: Ordinary Seaman, Wiper or Stewards Department (FH)
USCG Medical Certificate with no Limitations/Restrictions.
Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience, etc., will also be part of the rating process.
The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command is the premier provider of ocean transportation to the Department of Defense. The Command operates approximately 125 non-combatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
While we do play a critical role in support of our nation's defense, our employees are not active duty members of the military. MSC civil service mariners (CIVMARs), the largest segment of our global workforce, are federal civil service employees.
All CIVMARs are employed by the Navy to serve MSC onboard naval auxiliaries and hybrid-manned warships worldwide, in peace and war. MSC exists to support the joint warfighter across the full spectrum of military operations. MSC provides on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, in contested or uncontested environments.
We recruit transitioning military, merchant marines, maritime academy graduates, and skilled entry-level candidates to fill our maritime job opportunities. The MSC mission is big. So are the rewards for the CIVMARs who help us complete it.