Take control of the seas as a Watercraft Operator for the Army National Guard. Using the Guard’s large fleet of ocean vessels, you will be responsible for navigating open waters and performing sea cargo operations.
The Army National Guard uses ocean-going and harbor craft to support operations throughout the continental United States and overseas. As members of a team, Watercraft Operators are responsible for piloting, navigating, and performing cargo operations on Guard watercraft. In this role, you will use electronic positioning systems, handheld navigation tools, and traditional watch-standing procedures aboard many of the Guard's specialized watercraft.
• Dock and undock vessels
• Send and receive messages with radios, beacons, and signal flags
• Operate and maintain lifeboats and vessel firefighting equipment
• Secure all type of cargo using shipboard machinery such as capstans, winches, hoists, and davits
Some of the Skills You’ll Learn
• Boat handling techniques
• Standing-watch procedures
• Use of communications, electronics, and navigational systems
• Ship structure
• Log and message-handling procedures
• Navigational mathematics
• Interest in the ocean, sailing, and navigation
• Ability to work as a team member
• Basic understanding of maps and trip planning
• Understanding of mathematical formulas
Through your training, you will develop the skills and experience to enjoy a civilian career in shipping, cruise, tugboat, or ferry operation as a pilot, harbormaster, longshoreman, or marine resource enforcement officer.
Earn While You Learn
Instead of paying to learn these skills, get paid to train. In the Army National Guard, you will learn these valuable job skills while earning a regular paycheck and qualifying for tuition assistance.
Job training for a Watercraft Operator consists of 10 weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and six weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field.
A monthly paycheck
Montgomery GI Bill
Federal and State tuition assistance
Retirement benefits for part-time service
Low-cost life insurance (up to $400,000 in coverage)
401(k)-type savings plan
Student Loan Repayment Program (up to $50,000, for existing loans)
Health care benefits available
VA home loans
Bonuses, if applicable