Soldier for Life (SFL) Maritime Credentialing

The United States Army Transportation School is the single source for Active, Reserve, National Guard, and Veteran Army Mariners seeking a path to an Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).

The below MOSs are currently the only approved programs that result in an Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC)or Merchant Mariner Document (MMD). The MMC or MMD is based off approval by the National Maritime Center(NMC) and each Army Mariner must meet the prerequisites set forth by CFR for the applicable MMC or MMD.

  • The programs listed below do have time limitations associated to NMC approval with regards to date of attendance and MMC application process.
  • 46 CFR 10.213 Normally for military, 60 percent of the total time onboard is considered equivalent underway service.
  • 46 CFR 10.201 An applicant for an officer endorsement must have at least three months of qualifying service on vessels of appropriate tonnage or horsepower within the three years immediately preceding the date of application.

880A

The original issue as Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 200 Gross Registered Tons (Oceans/Near Coastal) and Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels (Oceans/Near Coastal).

Sea Service Requirements

  • Oceans: 1080 Days
  • Graduates after: 01 June 2013
  • Near Coastal: 720 Days
  • Graduates after: 01 January 1986

881A

The original issue, renewal, or reissuance of a Designated Duty Engineer limited to motor vessels only with horsepower limitations (1000/4000/Unlimited HP).

Sea Service Requirements

  • 1000 HP: 360 Days
  • 4000 HP: 720 Days
  • Unlimited HP: 1080 Days
  • Completed Class A Vessel DPT
  • All graduates after: 01 January 2005

88K40

The original issue as Master of Steam or Motor Vessels of Not More Than 200 Gross Registered Tons (Near Coastal/Inland/Great Lakes).

Sea Service Requirements

  • Near Coastal: 720 Days
  • Completed DPT on Class A or Class B (ST900) Vessel
  • One year out of past five years service on Class A/B Vessel
  • 200 Ton Master
  • Graduates after: 06 October 2010

88K30

The original issue as "Able Seaman endorsement, limited to non-lifeboat equipped vessels".

Sea Service Requirements

  • Unlimited: 1080 / Days Limited: 540 Days / Special: 360 Days
  • Completed DPT on Class A or Class B (ST900) Vessel
  • One year out of past five years service on Class A/B Vessel
  • All graduates after: 01 January 1986

88L10

The original issue as Qualified Member of an Engineering Department QMED-Oiler (motor only) .

Sea Service Requirements

  • Completed DPT on Class A Vessel
  • 180 Days service on vessels powered by 1,000 HP or more
  • All graduates after: 01 January 1986

Point of Contact:

Once contact has been established with the Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS) he/she will guide and assist the Army Mariner step by step with the submittal of his/her application to receive a Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC).

Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS)
United States Army Transportation School
757-878-4623
usarmy.lee.tradoc.mbx.trans-sfl-mitd@mail.mil

Path to Credentialing

The below is the path that the Army Mariner will take to receive either their Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) or Merchant Mariner Document (MMD).

  • Completion of an approved US Army Maritime program.
  • Initial contact with the Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS).
  • Request a copy of Army Sea Service, United States Army Marine License, and United States Army Marine Certification.
  • Verification of Army Sea Service by the Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS).
  • Initiates the process to obtain Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®).
  • Army Mariner completes the below documents and forms.
  • Verification of the Army Mariner’s packet by the Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS).
  • Submittal of the Army Mariner’s packet to the USCG by the Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS).
  • The Army Mariner’s packet is then evaluated by the National Maritime Center (NMC).
  • Average wait time for a MMC/MMD is approximately 90 days.

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Contact Information

Maritime Qualification Credentialing Specialist (MQCS)
United States Army Transportation School
757-878-4623
usarmy.lee.tradoc.mbx.trans-sfl-mitd@mail.mil

 

 

This page last updated: June 27, 2018