MOS 880A—Marine Deck Officer

Marine Deck Officer (MOS 880A) Description / Major Duties:

Commands Army vessels (Class A1) operating on lakes, bays, sounds, and coastal waters with crew compliments of up to 14 Soldiers. Responsible for proper operation of vessel 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.

Minimum Requirements for MOS 880A Marine Deck Officer:

  • Be a SGT (E-5) or above.
  • Hold MOS 88K or:
    • Have equivalent experience from other service components.
    • Have equivalent experience from the civilian sector with US Coast Guard credentials, and currently serving in a service component.
  • Have at least three years of documented Marine experience in the Deck Department within the past five years. More years of documented Marine experience may be considered by the proponent in lieu of the five-year recency requirement.
  • Score at the 12th grade level, or above, on the mathematics portion of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  • Must be certified in CMF 88 to grade per AR 56-9 if holding MOS 88K.
  • Applicants must have a physical profile of not less than 222221, 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 four errors in reading the pseudoisochromatic plates test.
  • A Marine Certification Form must be completed with physical and included in packet.
  • 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.
Preferred qualifications for MOS 880A:
  • Have one year of the prerequisite experience onboard a Class A Army Vessel or equivalent class ship.
  • Be a BNCOC (Advanced Leader Course or ALC) graduate.

Article Last Modified: February 26, 2011

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