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$26,165 - $$31,315
Employment type
Full Time
Entry level

Announcement #: 19-000-02EX
Title, Series,
Grade (Code)
Supply Utilityman (848), WM-9985-09;
Wiper Advancement Program (WAP) (363), WM-9965-09;
Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program (OSAP) (163), WM9928-07.
Base Salary: $26,165 Supply Utilityman; $31,315 Wiper; $27,037 Ordinary Seaman

Type of Appointment:
Excepted Service Career-Conditional
Opening Date: July 22, 2019 Closing Date September 30, 2019

Location: Military Sealift Command (MSC) Vessels Worldwide
Who May Apply: All United States citizens and current Military Sealift
Command Civil Service Mariner (CIVMAR) eligible to apply
under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

Active Duty Service Members (ADSMs) must submit a
certification (i.e., statement of service) at the time of
application which certifies that the service member is
expected to be discharged or released from active duty
service under honorable conditions not later than 120
days after the date the certification is submitted.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Duties: The Supply Utilityman, Wiper 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

The Wiper is an unlicensed entry level member of the 
Engine department crew. Responsible for cleaning and
preservation of engine department spaces, systems,
equipment and equipment components. Receive and carry
out instructions of supervisors to clean and/or preserve
engine department spaces, system equipment and equipment
components. Use chemicals for cleaning, such as
detergents, solvents and preservatives such as paint.
Use tools such as chipping hammers, scrapers, needle
guns, paint brushes, wire brushes, brooms and mops, and
is familiar in the use of hand and power tools (i.e.
drills, saws, wrenches, hammers, chisels, etc.).
Selected candidates will be placed in the Wiper

Advancement Program (WAP) for on-the-job training and
work experience. After completing 180 days service in the
engine room, participants are eligible to apply for a
USCG issued Standards of Training, Certification and
Watchkeeping (STCW) Form as Rating Forming Part of an
Engine Watch (RFPEW).

Candidate must sign an 18-month service agreement and are
required to obtain the QMED FOWT endorsements and a STCW
Certificate endorsed with RFPEW. Upon completion of
program requirements participants will become eligible
for consideration for permanent promotion from Wiper to
Engine Utilityman (EU). 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 EU. An
authorized EU position must be available in order for the
promotion to be effected.

Candidate who fails to complete the requirements of the
program within their not-to-exceed date may be terminated
from MSC employment or be reassigned to the position of
Supply Utilityman based on the needs of the Command.

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-month service agreement and
required to obtain the Merchant Marine Credential (MMC)
endorsed as Able Seaman Unlimited, Able Seafarer Deck,
and RFPNW within three years from the date of the signed
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

Failure to comply with the program requirements within
the allotted time may result in termination from

Must be eligible to have access to, handle, and be
qualified in small arms in accordance with OPNAVINST
Everything in each Position Description is considered to
be essential functions of the position. Perform other
duties as assigned.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
Must be a United States citizen of at least 18 years of
age and possess and maintain a valid and current:
1. U.S. Passport with a minimum of seven (7) months of
expiration date.
2. Transportation Worker Identification Credential
(TWIC) and/or Department of Defense (DOD) Common
Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten (10) months
remaining of expiration.
3. USCG Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) endorsed as
Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, and Stewards Department (FH)
with a minimum of ten (10) months remaining from
expiration date.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. USCG Medical Certificate with no


Evaluation Criteria:
Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility requirements
described above will be further evaluated. Documented
knowledge, skills, and abilities, education, training,
and awards contained in the application package and
resume will be reviewed and rated to determine the degree
to which applicants possess the required knowledge,
skills, and abilities listed below that are essential to
perform the duties and responsibilities of the position for which applications are being considered.

1. Knowledge of general housekeeping, janitorial,
cleaning services and sanitation.
2. Knowledge of dining room service; formal and informal
3. Knowledge of basic receipt, stow, issue/breakout and
inventory processing for subsistence items and stock

1. Knowledge of cleaning and preservation of equipment
and materials.
2. Knowledge of safety procedures.
3. Skill in operating manual and electrical hand tools.
4. Ability to understand and follow directions.

1. Ability to perform general maintenance and repair on
deck equipment.
2. Knowledge of shipboard safety, including lifesaving
and firefighting equipment, methods, and techniques.
3. Knowledge of cargo operations, including such items as
dry stores, munitions, petroleum products and helicopter 
operations (VERTREP).
4. Ability to operate UNREP gear and equipment (winches,
cranes, booms, Material Handling Equipment (MHE), etc.).
Related MSC, military, and/or commercial experience,
etc., will also be part of the rating process.

Conditions of Employment • CIVMAR positions are subject to drug urinalysis
• Able to obtain and maintain security clearance
eligibility and assignment to a sensitive position.
• The Ordinary Seaman sailing on MSC Government Owned,
Government Operated (GOGO) vessels is required to use
Fall Protection Arrest System (FPAS) safety equipment
in order to carry out essential functions of their
rating or position. Therefore, the incumbent is
required to maintain a mass body weight of no more than
295 Pounds.
• Able to successfully pass the physical examinations
(arranged by MSC) and maintain MSC medical
requirements. Participate in vaccine immunization;
including a tuberculosis (TB) screening test is also
required. TB screening is not provided at the MSCarranged medical examination, but can usually be
obtained from your personal medical provider or free at
any local public health clinic. If you have previously
had a positive TB skin test (i.e. a CONVERTER or
REACTOR), another skin test is not required. You must
instead provide the medical department written proof
that you have completed treatment with medicine (i.e.
INH), or that you have started treatment with medicine,
or that such treatment is not warranted as determined
by competent medical authority.
• Attend and successfully complete all mandatory training
courses, including personal survival, which requires
the ability to float in the water for a minimum of
sixty (60) seconds.
• Be ready, willing, and able to physically perform the
duties of this position worldwide at all times.
• Be ready, willing, and able to work in a shipboard
environment and wear protective equipment worldwide at
all times.
• Participate in direct deposit/electronic funds transfer
as the standard method of payroll payments.
• Able to pass the English language competency test.
• Capable of speaking, understanding, reading and writing
the English language.
• Must be eligible to have access to, handle, and be
qualified in small arms in accordance with OPNAVINST
a. The tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if
the selectee fails to report to any of the scheduled
appointments, fails the physical examination, fails the
language competency test, fails the drug test, fails to
disclose employment information, fails to report to new
employee orientation, or is unable to obtain a security
b. On a case-by-case basis, an applicant who accepts a
tentative offer of employment will be required to
provide a VA Rating Decisions and/or Office of Worker’s
Compensation Program (OWCP) Scheduled Awards.

Apply Instructions

How to Apply: All applications for employment with Military Sealift Command must be submitted through

To begin the process, you must submit an Information Request Form (IRF).

Your IRF submission will create a secure online profile after which you will receive an email to verify your account. Once verified, you will be able to complete theapplication process. Applications for this position can only be submitted during the announcement open period (Eastern Standard Time). Please note the email address you create will be used by the Command to correspond with you.

In addition to meeting the minimum conditions of employment, you will be required to scan and upload .jpg
or .pdf files of the following documents:
1. Complete copy of a signed United States Coast Guard
Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC), Transportation
Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), United States
Coast Guard license, and/or STCW certificate, and signed
copy of U.S. Passport.
2. Relevant professional certificates as applicable for
this position i.e. American Culinary Federation (ACF),
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Universal, Global
Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), Security 
Plus, etc.
3. If you are a current or former federal government
employee, a copy of your most recent Notice of Personnel
Action (SF-50).
4. If you served in the U.S. military service, you must
provide a copy of your Certificate of Discharge (DD-214)
that shows the type of discharge you received. This
information is located under the “Character of Service”
block of your DD-214. If you are claiming 10 points or
higher veteran’s preference you must provide supporting
documentation such as a completed Application for
Preference (SF-15)
Additional information on veteran’s preference is
available at You will also
be required to provide a copy of the VA Rating Decisions
upon accepting the tentative offer of employment.
5. Last five (5) years of performance evaluations (if
available) and training certificates applicable to the
position you are applying for.
6. Job related honors, awards, and special
accomplishments; for example, military, government or
recognized professional organizations related to the maritime field and performance awards.

You will be able to upload and store versions of these
documents in your secure online profile. NOTE: It is the
applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the documents
scanned and uploaded are legible. You have the ability to
crop and view each document that is uploaded.
You will not be able to submit an application unless you
have uploaded the required documentation as indicated

Applicants may be interviewed prior to being selected for

How To Contact Us:
If you require technical support, please use the support
tab located in the top right corner of the Start the
Process page
This will generate an email a message for you to submit
your issue. Emails will be responded to during business
hours M-F 0800 – 1700 CST.
If you have any questions regarding the position or to
follow up on an application submitted, please email us at or call us at (757) 341-4610 or
(757) 341-4611, or our toll-free recruitment hotline at
1-877-562-7672 during the hours of 0700 to 2000 EST.
Federal job applicants who make a false statement in any
part of the application could be turned down for the job,
fired after beginning work, or subject to fine,
imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 1001), orother disciplinary action.

Employment of Federal Civilian Annuitants: Selection of
CIVMAR annuitants for MSC positions must be approved by
the Director for Civilian Human Resources. Annuitants
serve at the will of the appointing officer.

Benefits Information: In accordance with section 9902(h)
of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in
the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and
salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for
retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift
Savings Plan, or a supplemental or re-determined annuity
for the reemployed period. Discontinued service
retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section
8336(d) (1) or 8414(b) (1) (A) of title 5, United Stated
Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to
be subject to retirement provisions of the new
appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25,
Volume 300, at
Annuitants are not eligible for recruitment and retention

1. Previous security clearance issues (intents to deny or
the revocation of security clearances).
2. Debts.
3. Previous felony convictions where actual time was
served in jail for more than one (1) year.
Any questions relative to this issue should be directed
to the CIVMAR Support Center at 866-562-7672.

All applicants meeting minimum qualifications will
receive consideration without regard to age, sex, race,
color, religion, national origin, lawful political
affiliation, non-disqualifying disability, marital
status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or other personal
condition unrelated to the applicant’s basic ability to
perform satisfactorily. Please visit for more information.
Determinations of whether an accommodation is appropriate
shall be made by the agency as soon practicable, after
the initial application process and shall be made with
regard to all applicable statutes and regulations. If 
assistance is required to complete the application
process, interested applicants should call our CIVMAR
Support Center at the above number and refer to the “How
to Apply” section of this announcement.

Military Sealift Command

Military Sealift Command
The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is a United States Navy organization that controls most of the replenishment and military transport ships of the Navy. The United States Military Sealift Command has the responsibility for providing sealift and ocean transportation for all US military services as well as for other government agencies


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