Merchant Marine Officer

Individuals employed in the U.S. Merchant Marine service work on civilian ships transporting goods and people to and from the U.S. during times of peace. When called upon during war, they serve as an auxiliary to the U.S. Navy. Read on to find out more about this career and how to train for it.

Inside Merchant Marine Officer Careers

The U.S. Merchant Marine is a service comprised of commissioned officers, sailors and other mariners who operate the fleet of merchant vessels owned by U.S. firms. These ships include transportation cargo ships and other vessels that operate in lakes, oceans and rivers in support of the free flow of U.S. exports and imports. In times of war, the Merchant Marine service may deliver troops and supplies for the U.S. Navy.

Merchant Marine officers form a reserve of the U.S. military. After their required period of service, Merchant Marine officers may seek careers in transportation, logistics and engineering. They could find work as captains, pilots, ship engineers. The resources below can help you learn more about these career options as well as training requirements.

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