Prior Military


MSC is proud to recruit transitioning military and veterans with a broad range of experience to work aboard our fleet of oilers, ammunition ships, joint high-speed vessels, fast combat prepositioning ships and more. Across all departments, over 40% of our afloat crew is made up of former military because their skill sets and experience align with needs of MSC’s. Our civil service careers offer:

  • Transferrable skill-sets
  • Camaraderie and continued service to country
  • Federal job security and benefits
  • Career advancement
  • Training
  • Paid leave and overtime pay

Stop Searching, keep serving – at MSC, you can apply and advance the skills you learned in the military to a civil service career. Because our hiring needs change frequently we encourage you to Start the Process so that you’re ready to apply once a position opens.

If you have 10-point preference you are eligible to apply for any position for which the Command hires externally. Active Duty Service Members may also apply for civil service announcements prior to their date of separation from military service. However, in order to be considered, they must meet the definition of Active Duty Service Member – as defined by the VOW Act – at the time of application.

Relevant Military Sea Service

Military time/sea service can be used to qualify for advanced merchant mariner’s ratings. If you’d like to apply your experience to a secure, civilian career that offers opportunity for growth, use this chart to assess the merchant mariner’s equivalent to your military service.

Find out how your skills can transfer to a position with MSC here and here.

Obtain military records here.

Get Started

Information Request Form (IRF) – Submit an Information Request Form (IRF) to begin the pre-application profile process, allowing us to better assist you and keep you informed. Once you have submitted the IRF, you can log at any time to submit additional information and uploaded necessary documents to complete your profile.

History of Assignments – Prior to active-duty departure, obtain a copy of your Sea Service Letter and Sailor-Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), asYour seatime may count towards the QMED qualifications. Samples of Sea Service Letters are available on the USCG website. Additionally, request your History of Assignments and records of any maritime related courses you’ve completed. This will help you communicate your skills and experience as you move through the application process.

Credentials – Before applying for a position with MSC, you must possess two important credentials:

  1. A current U.S.Tourist  Passport with at least 7 years remaining prior to expiration. You can find more information on our Resources page or apply online.
  2. A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC) endorsed as Any Unlicensed Rating in the Deck Department, or Able Seaman Unlimited with at least 10 months remaining prior to expiration. More information on obtaining your MMC at Regional Examination Centers across the country and the application forms can be found here.

When submitting your MMC application, be sure to include your Sea Service Letter and History of Assignments, along with any other documentation verifying your seagoing experience. Please note, if your rating is: DC, EM, EN, GS, GSE, GSM, HT, IC, MR, MM, MK or BT, you could qualify for a higher than entry-level endorsement.

Once you have your Tourist Passport & MMC, update that information as well as any other relevant documentation to complete your online profile.

Apply – Once your profile is complete, you’re ready to continue through the application process.  View current job announcements and Take Command of Your Career® today.

It is recommended, in order to avoid being timed out of the application process, you download the JOA of the position you wish to apply for before hitting the “Submit an Application” button. This will allow you to read and review the Evaluation Criteria and craft your detailed responses in a word processor, using your resume details as a starting point, before you start the application process.

Veterans preference standards apply throughout the MSC hiring process, and If you have 10-point veterans’ preference you are eligible to apply for any position for which MSC hires externally.