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The U.S. Navy was founded on October 13, 1775 and the Department of the Navy was established on April 30, 1798. We’ve grown tremendously since then, and so have the career opportunities in our current Major Command organizations.


The Navy Secretariat makes decisions and provides overall direction to the 330,000 active-duty personnel, 300 active-duty ships, and all other assets of our country’s first line of defense on the sea. Civilian employees provide administrative, financial, and other support services to the Secretariat. You might put your accounting or finance degree to work for the Assistant Secretary for Financial Management and Comptroller. Or, put your degree in engineering, computer science, or environmental studies to work for the Assistant Secretary for Installations & Environment. The Secretariat employs some of the best lawyers and legal staff in the country, in three departments: the Office of the General Counsel, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and Judge Adjutant General. The Secretariat also needs highly qualified people to work in manpower, research and development, acquisition, and many other fields that support the Navy’s leadership.
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The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is the highest ranking officer in the Navy, a four-star admiral and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The CNO is the principal naval adviser to the Secretary of the Navy—and to the President of the United States—on the conduct of war and naval activities. The CNO is responsible for the command, use of resources, and operating efficiency of the Navy. Supporting the single most important officer (after the Secretary) in the Navy is demanding—but vital and rewarding.
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The Marine Corps is America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness - a balanced air-ground-logistics team. We are forward-deployed and forward-engaged: shaping, training, deterring, and responding to all manner of crises and contingencies. The Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC) is the highest ranking officer in the United States Marine Corps, a four-star General Officer and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The CMC is the principle advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, the Secretary of Defense, and the President of the United States, on all matters involving the Marine Corps. We create options and decision space for our Nation's leaders. Alert and ready, we respond to today's crisis, with today's force - TODAY! Responsive and scalable, we team with other services, allies and interagency partners. We enable and participate in joint and combined operations of any magnitude. A middleweight force, we are light enough to get there quickly, but heavy enough to carry the day upon arrival, and capable of operating independent of local infrastructure. We operate throughout the spectrum of threats - irregular, hybrid, conventional - or the shady areas where they overlap. Marines are ready to respond whenever the Nation calls, wherever the President may direct. Support our Marines. Be Part of the Team.
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) employs the best and brightest civilians in science, engineering, research, and technology to meet the advanced needs of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. ONR values cutting-edge work and pursues high-risk, high-payoff research—making it a particularly exciting place to work. Research supported by ONR has resulted in 50 Nobel prizes and led to thousands of discoveries and products used every day around the world. ONR currently funds work at more than 450 universities, laboratories, and other organizations. Whether a researcher with an advanced degree or someone with administrative skills, at ONR you could find yourself working in a vast array of fields—oceanography, advanced materials, sensors, robotics, biomedical science, electronics, surveillance, neurotechnology, information science, advanced combat systems, or laser dynamics, to name a few. The Office of Personnel Management recognized ONR as a 2008 Best Place to Work in the Federal Government, and Black Engineer, Hispanic Engineer, and Women of Color magazines consistently rate ONR as among the most admired employers.
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Founded in 1882, the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is the longest continuously operating intelligence service in the Nation. ONI has consistently attracted and employed world-class civilian analysts, scientists, engineers, technicians, and managers. ONI analysts perform scientific and technical analysis on weapons systems at U.S. Navy commands, laboratories, and warfare centers worldwide. ONI employs civilians in many engineering fields, including aerospace, computer, electronic, mechanical, general, and naval architecture. ONI scientists work in the physical and computer science disciplines as mathematicians or physicists. ONI mathematicians apply analytical techniques to scientific and technical problems related to foreign naval missile systems. ONI physicists use scientific and all-source analysis methodologies and techniques to address scientific and technical intelligence problems in electronic warfare. ONI intelligence specialists evaluate, interpret, and disseminate information and/or products that directly affect U.S. naval forces and national security. ONI information technology specialists work on the cutting edge of technology in a variety of areas, including systems analysis, applications software, network services, and customer support. Our security specialists protect information, personnel, property, and material. Their work can include conducting facility surveys, resolving clearance issues, and safeguarding sensitive Government programs. In the Security Directorate, police officers patrol the interior and exterior of our buildings.
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Not only doctors and nurses work in the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). Civilian employees with administrative, financial, communications, and other skills support its unique military and humanitarian work. The Naval Medical Command provides high-quality, low-cost health care to about 700,000 active-duty Navy and Marine Corps members, as well as 2.6 million retired and family members. Our highest profile customer is none other than the President of the United States, whose annual checkup and nearly all other care is provided at the National Naval Medical Center outside Washington, DC. You could also support BUMED around the globe, such as in medical outreach missions. Two of the most recognized and respected vessels in the world, USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, deliver medical care to civilians virtually anywhere it is needed. The Comfort rushed to the aid of Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake there.
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At the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), our work in defense systems, engineering, computer science, electronics, finance, logistics, and contracts management provides U.S. Sailors and Marines with the tools they need to accomplish their mission and return safely. We design, build, test, and maintain the incredibly advanced technologies that defend our Nation, from avionics to explosives and much more. We are a cohesive group of scientists, engineers, business professionals, and support staff who work at NAVAIR headquarters in Maryland and our eight primary locations in California, Florida, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
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The Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) supports the Navy’s personnel needs by providing the right Sailor in the right place at the right time. BUPERS has a dual focus: concentrating on the Fleet’s needs while advocating for Sailors, reflected in the mission statement, “Mission First…Sailors Always.” BUPERS strives to maximize Sailors’ quality of service by providing them with meaningful and rewarding career opportunities, promoting and retaining the best, and ensuring fair and equitable treatment.
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The Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) delivers combat capability through logistics. We support the Navy and Marine Corps with high-quality supplies and services, whenever and wherever they are needed. NAVSUP oversees logistics in the areas of supply operations, conventional ordnance, contracting, resale, fuel, transportation, and security. The command is also responsible for quality-of-life issues for our naval forces, including food service, postal services, Navy Exchanges, and movement of household goods. A wide range of both specialized and administrative positions support these programs. The NAVSUP workforce includes more than 300 military personnel and more than 24,000 civilian employees. NAVSUP offers a great range of jobs and needs an equally broad range of skill sets, such as supply management, accounting, procurement, and engineering.
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The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) employs a highly trained, educated, and skilled civilian workforce to support today’s sophisticated Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, weapons systems, and computer systems. Our primary goal is the Sailor’s safety, quality of life, and ability to perform the mission with the latest and most affordable technology. NAVSEA has numerous field activities throughout the United States that provide engineering, scientific, technical, and logistical expertise, products, and support to the Fleet and Department of Defense. At NAVSEA, you can put your skills in engineering, logistics, computer science, or accounting to work in any number of programs and locations.
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The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) manages the planning, design, and construction of U.S. naval shore installations around the world. We offer civilian positions in a wide array of fields—for seasoned professionals, college graduates, and skilled tradesmen, and from interns to senior levels. NAVFAC assigns electrical engineers, community planners, logistics and information technology professionals, skilled artisans, environmental protection specialists, and many other civilian employees to a host of important projects such as designing a state-of-the-art naval base, constructing a world-class hangar facility, managing environmental studies, or rebuilding a bridge or school as part of disaster relief operations.
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Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) serves our Nation by providing effective and affordable deterrent missile systems that launch from the sea. SSP has lifecycle responsibility for the TRIDENT II Strategic Weapons Systems (SWS) submarine-based missiles. SSP directs research, development, production, logistics, test, and evaluation of the TRIDENT SWS. This includes planning and directing the development of training systems and equipment. SSP is also responsible for the US/UK POLARIS Sales Agreement, SSGN Attack Weapons System Integrator, and the Navy’s arms control treaty implementation and compliance.
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The Military Sealift Command (MSC) is responsible for strategic sealift and ocean transportation for all military forces overseas. It employs more than 8,000 people, including more than 4,000 civil service mariners (CIVMARS), Federal employees who crew and sail MSC’s Naval Fleet Auxiliary Force and special noncombatant mission ships. CIVMARS specialize in one of four areas: deck, engine, supply/food service, or communications. On shore, MSC offers positions for port engineers, marine engineers, electrical engineers, and naval architects at key ports both in the United States and overseas.
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The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) is the Navy’s premier command for acquisition and life-cycle management of communications and warfare systems. We are a dynamic organization, providing mission-critical information to the warfighter. Because of the highly technical nature of our work, SPAWAR typically is most on the lookout for civilian employees with bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other key science and technology fields.
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The U.S. Fleet Forces Command provides trained, combat-ready forces to support U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization commanders in conflicts throughout the world. On the home front, we deter, detect, and defend against maritime threats and enemies. We also establish, coordinate, and implement Navy-wide policies for manning, equipping, and training Atlantic and Pacific Fleet units preparing for deployment. Our objective is to ensure a unified Navy that, although deploying from different coasts, completes common training, executes similar tactics, techniques, and procedures, and operates seamlessly around the world. We oversee more than 111,000 officers and enlisted personnel and more than 18,000 civilian employees. Our employees are stationed worldwide and work in information technology and telecommunications positions and as engineers, engineering technicians, physical scientists, oceanographers, and in many other challenging and rewarding fields.
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The U.S. Naval Forces Europe-U.S. Naval Forces Africa/ U.S. Sixth Fleet (NAVEUR-NAVAF) covers more than 20 million square nautical miles of ocean, touching three continents and encompassing more than 67 percent of the Earth’s coastline, 30 percent of its landmass, and nearly 40 percent of the world’s population. NAVEUR-NAVAF covers all of Russia, Europe, and nearly the entire continent of Africa. It encompasses 105 countries with a combined population of more than 1 billion people. NAVEUR-NAVAF civilian employees work as health professionals, logistics specialists, communications experts, and many other fields.
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The Naval Education and Training Command (CNET) is responsible for the education and training of Navy and Marine Corps personnel, both officers and enlisted. From Pensacola, Florida, CNET oversees a network of training and education programs and activities that encompass both shore facilities from coast to coast and ships at sea. Educators and civilian employees with skills that support a premier learning organization are a vital part of the CNET team.
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The Naval Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) assesses and coordinates the Navy’s requirements for information operations, intelligence, networks, and space, delivering integrated cyber mission capabilities that support the full range of military operations. More than 13,000 military personnel and civilians focus on the operation and defense of a reliable, secure, and battle-ready global Navy network, applying their skills in computer science, information technology, and a variety of related fields.
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The U.S. Pacific Fleet covers 100 million square miles, from the West Coast of the United States to the eastern shore of Africa, with nearly 180 ships, 1,500 aircraft, and 125,000 people, 30,000 of whom are civilians. Most of these civilians work in information technology, media and public affairs, finance, human resources, engineering and science, administration, manufacturing and production, and analysis and management.
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The U.S. Navy Reserve provides mission-capable units and individuals to the Navy and Marine Corps for all peace and wartime operations. The Navy Reserve is being called on to play an increasingly active role in the day-to-day planning and operation of the active Navy. With nearly 700,000 men and women, the Navy Reserve represents 20 percent of the Navy’s total assets and enables the Navy to meet its growing global commitments effectively.
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The Naval Special Warfare Command develops special operations strategy, doctrine, and tactics, and prepares small units to carry out special operation missions that are beyond the capability of conventional military forces.
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