Careers in this Job Family
Quartermasters and Boat Operators
Ship and Submarine Officers
Ship Engineers
Naval and Maritime Operations
Photo 1: Navy beach master guides landing craft. Photo 2: Seaman keeps a watchful eye.

The military has the most technically and tactically advanced defense and war-fighting capabilities to uphold national security at, and under, the sea with its vast fleet of aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, frigates, dock landing ships, cutters, other surface vessels, and submarines. Surface vessels may be used to transport aircraft and troops, aid in amphibious troop landings, conduct harbor patrols, or track down drug smugglers. Submarines patrol the world’s oceans monitoring enemy hostile actions, intercepting electronic communications, and gathering intelligence information and are heavily relied upon for antisubmarine warfare, antisurface warfare, land attack, strategic deterrence, and landing Special Warfare forces. Submariners have many responsibilities including the safe operation of the nuclear reactor; maintaining the ship’s torpedoes, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and sonar; charting the ship’s position; and operating communications and intelligence equipment. The officers and crew on these vessels are responsible for ensuring that they can safely and successfully complete their missions. For example, the engine is a ship’s main source of power for propulsion, heat, and electricity. They are massive, with some being as large as the power plants that generate electricity for small cities. Occupations in this career field focus on the safe operation of marine vessels or watercraft, such as ships and submarines, in executing military missions.

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