Entry Level Overview

Entry Level

At Military Sealift Command, we recruit entry level candidates that want to advance their maritime career. “Advance your career further, faster” is not a hollow marketing slogan. It is the result of key components that characterize a career with MSC: security, advancement and benefits. When these elements are combined in a supportive work environment that encourages growth, you can Take Command of Your Career. But an MSC career offers more than security, advancement and benefits, some of those things include:

  • Federal job security and paid leave
  • World travel
  • Camaraderie
  • Service to country
  • Diversity of fleet
  • Training

The mission will take you all over the globe while offering federal job security, hands-on training, and career advancement opportunities. Other advantages include diversity of fleet and platforms, overtime pay, flexible career paths, service to country and the camaraderie that comes with life at sea.

We recruit entry level positions in the supply (logistics), deck and engine departments. Oftentimes mariners with skill sets suited for other departments apply for these positions. Our flexible career paths allow qualified employees to compete for their desired department once the right position becomes available.

In addition to your primary position, interested CIVMARs may apply to serve in our Surface Rescue Swimmer Program (SRS) as a collateral duty. Contact a recruiter for additional requirements/qualifications.


While it is not required, gaining sea-time experience will improve your chances of being selected for MSC employment. Visit our Training School page to find schools in your area. You may also consider enrolling to build additional maritime skill sets.

Job Fairs

MSC regularly hosts job fairs for those interested in a maritime career. We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds such as veterans, civilian mariners, maritime school graduates and more to attend and learn more about a maritime job or career. For more information about MSC employment and the application process check out the Resources section or, find a job fair near you.

Helpful Information

There are a few things to address before you apply.

  1. Complete an MSC information request form. This will begin your pre-application profile creation process and allow us to better assist you and keep you informed.
  2. 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.
  3. Obtain your Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). The MMC application can be found here. Your MMC application will be submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard to review your maritime experience and endorse you for certain levels of responsibility. Be aware that in order to apply for your MMC, you must first obtain a Transportation Worker’s Identification Credential (TWIC). A TWIC card allows you to have unrestricted access to foreign ports should you be hired with MSC. TWIC office locations can he found here.
  4. Obtain a U.S. Tourist Passport. This is different than your military issued passport.

Once you have your MMC, and valid U.S. Tourist Passport, you’re ready to continue through the application process.

PositionsBase Salary
Any Entry Level Position$25,013 - $29,935
Supply Utilityman$24,675
Ordinary Seaman Advancement Program$24,994 - $28,948
Wiper Advancement Program$29,935

Current Open Entry Level Positions

The following entry level positions are currently accepting applications.

Currently, there are no job opportunities in this department. Contact us directly.