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:

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.


With veterans’ preference, you may receive preference over non-veteran applicants in the hiring process. If you have 10-point preference you are eligible to apply for any position for which the Command hires externally.

Types of Veterans’ Preferences:

When claiming any veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10-point preference will need to submit Form SF-15.

Veterans may be eligible for other special hiring authorities, learn more.

Veteran service members may also apply for MSC civil service mariner (CIVMAR) 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.


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.

Obtain military records here.


  1. Information Request Form (IRF)Start the Process to begin your pre-application profile which allows 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 upload necessary documents to complete your profile.
  2. 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), as your seatime may count towards the QMED qualifications. View examples of Sea Service Letters for Deck and Engine. 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.
  3. Credentials – Before applying for a position with MSC, you must possess three important credentials:
    1. A current U.S. Tourist Passport with at least seven months remaining prior to expiration. You can find more information on our Resources page or apply online.
    2. A Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) and/or Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) with a minimum of ten months remaining prior to expiration. Find TWIC office locations
    3. A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Merchant Mariner’s Credential (MMC) with at least 10 months remaining prior to expiration. More information on obtaining your MMC and the application forms can be found here.
      NOTE: 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 you are an officer or 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.
  4. Complete your Profile – Once you have your Tourist Passport & MMC, update that information as well as any other relevant documentation to complete your online profile.
  5. 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.
    NOTE: 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.


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