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Marine Deck Officer Details

  • Commands Guard vessels (Class A1) operating on lakes, bays, sounds and coastal waters
  • Responsible for proper operation of vessel with crew of up to 14 Soldiers, including discipline of crew, readiness and seaworthiness of vessel
  • Navigates vessel using nautical charts, area plotting sheets, compass, sextant, terrestrial bearings and electronic navigational aids
  • Navigates vessel to avoid surface and underwater hazards, to include areas where ice is seen or reported
  • Directs operation of ship-to-shore radio and visual communication systems
  • Directs fueling, blasting, trimming operations and cargo stowage

  • Be a Sergeant (E-5) or above
  • Hold MOS 88K or:
    • Have equivalent experience from other service components
    • Have equivalent experience from the civilian sector with U.S. Coast Guard credentials, and be currently serving in a service component
  • Have at least 3 years of documented marine experience in the Deck Department within the past 5 years (more years of documented marine experience may be considered in lieu of the 5-year recency requirement)
  • Score at the 12th-grade level, or above, on the mathematics portion of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
  • Be certified in Career Management Field (CMF) 88 to grade per AR 56-9 if holding MOS 88K
  • Have a physical profile of not less than 222221, have distance visual acuity correctable to at least 20/20 in one eye and 20/40 in the other eye, and have normal color vision based on no more than 4 errors in reading the pseudoisochromatic plates test
  • Have a written recommendation from a senior warrant officer in either MOS 880A or 881A. If unit-level commander is a warrant officer, this memorandum serves the requirement for a commander's endorsement and warrant officer letter.
  • A Marine Certification Form must be completed with physical and included in packet.

*Any minimum prerequisites not met will require a prerequisite waiver in writing.

  • Have one year of the prerequisite experience onboard a Class A Guard Vessel or equivalent class ship
  • Be an Advanced Leaders Course (ALC) graduate

NOTE: Army National Guard programs and benefits are subject to change. Your local warrant officer recruiter has the most up-to-date information about job availability and bonuses in your state.