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Watercraft Operator Details


OVERVIEW
Watercraft operators are primarily responsible for navigation, cargo operations and supervising other Soldiers on Army watercraft. They are part of a piloting team using electronic positioning systems, hand-held navigation tools and traditional watch-standing procedures aboard many of the Army's watercraft.

JOB DUTIES
  • Dock and undock vessels
  • Send and receive messages with radios, beacons and signal flags
  • Operate and maintain lifeboats and vessel firefighting equipment
  • Secure all types of cargo using shipboard machinery such as capstans, winches, hoists and davits


TRAINING
Ten weeks of Basic Combat Training and six weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom, and part in the field.

Advanced Individual Training: 6 weeks at Fort Eustis, VA

Some of the skills you'll learn are:
  • Boat-handling techniques
  • Watch-standing procedures
  • Use of communications, electronics and navigational systems
  • Ship structure
  • Log and message-handling procedures
  • Navigational mathematics


HELPFUL SKILLS
  • Interest in the ocean, sailing and navigation
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Basic understanding of maps and trip planning
  • Understanding of mathematical formulas


REQUIRED ASVAB SCORE(S)
Mechanical Maintenance (MM): 99

WARRANT OFFICER TRACK
880A Marine Deck Officer

FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in shipping or cruise ship, tugboat or ferry operation. You'll be able to consider a future as a pilot, harbormaster or marine resource enforcement officer.