Social Justice, Military Credentialing, and the American Experience

The military to mariner initiative serves two purposes. First, it addresses veteran employment and resiliency. Secondly, the military to mariner initiative supports America’s maritime resiliency. The nation is a seagoing nation that is dependent upon a thriving maritime-based economy. Thus, the United States (U.S.)-flagged merchant fleet and U.S. merchant mariners are national assets that support the economy as well as those of the country’s partner nations. Unfortunately, the U.S. Maritime Administration estimates that are not enough qualified mariners to crew the U.S.-flagged vessels that sustain the armed forces. The challenge to crew Military Sealift Command vessels will increase with the implementation of the new International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). Fortunately ex-Navy, -Army, and -Coast Guard members are prime resources to fill the gap. Additionally, most of the highest-paid mariner posts require merchant mariner credentials (MMCs), which, among other requirements, are tied to sea time. This can give the ex-military an advantage.


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  • Accession Number: 01640151
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2017 7:44PM