Published in the July/August 2011 issue of print Search & Employ® |
While most of the jobs in Military Sealift Command don’t involve bandages, many of the careers there are just as exciting. MSC delivers supplies and conducts specialized missions across the world’s oceans with a workforce of more than 9,000 people worldwide, about 80 percent of whom serve at sea. More than half of MSC’s workforce is made up of civil service mariners who are federal employees. The remainder includes commercial mariners, civil service personnel ashore, and active-duty and reserve military members. All MSC ships, unlike U.S. Navy ships, are crewed by civilians. Some ships also have small military departments assigned to carry out communication and supply functions.
Military Sealift Command is headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., and operates six subordinate commands worldwide. The Military Sealift Fleet Support Command in Norfolk, Va., crews, trains, equips, and maintains MSC’s government-owned, government-operated ships across the globe. In addition, five operational commands run the Atlantic, Pacific, Europe, Central, and Far East areas.
Since September 11, 2001, MSC ships have delivered more than 16 billion gallons of fuel and moved more than 110 million square feet of combat equipment and supplies to U.S. and coalition forces engaged in conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, MSC, the Navy and several non-governmental organizations have treated hundreds of thousands of patients in hospital ship deployments around the globe.
Onboard ships, civilian mariners specialize in the deck, engine, supply/food service or communications areas. MSC ships are crewed primarily, and in some case exclusively, by civilians. Crewmembers are United States Coast Guard (USCG) licensed officers, and USCG documented unlicensed mariners. MSC ships comply with USCG Regulations, are classed under American Bureau of Shipping Rules, and meet most international requirements.
While prior experience is great, MSC is happy to train those who do not have it. MSC offers a wide range of training and promotion opportunities to help its employees advance to a higher rating and better pay.