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Watercraft Operator

Job Overview

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Army National Guard
  • Entry Level

As a Watercraft Operator, you’ll be responsible for navigation, cargo operations, and supervising other Soldiers on Army watercraft. As part of the piloting team, you’ll train in the basics of seamanship and vessel operations, using electronic positioning systems, handheld navigation devices, and traditional watch standing procedures. You’ll learn boat handling techniques, how to dock and undock vessels, drop and weigh anchor, interpret code signal flags, and send and receive messages via radio, beacon, and signal flag. Since safety is such an important part of this job, you’ll also learn emergency water survival, how to operate lifeboats, shipboard firefighting, and other emergency procedures.

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Seamanship & Vessel Operations
  • Electronics & Navigational Systems
  • Maintenance & Repairs

Requirements

  • 10 weeks of Basic Training
  • 6 weeks of Advanced Individual Training
  • 99 ASVAB Score: Mechanical Maintenance (MM)

Certifications

  • 41 Nationally Recognized Certifications Available