Navy

B400:Boatswain's Mate

BM's are the leaders and backbone of every ship's crew. A Boatswain's Mate maintains the exterior surfaces of ships, deck handling machinery and equipment, handle cargo and operate small boats during a number of evolutions including Anti-Terrorism Operations and Maritime Interdiction boarding's of suspect ships.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

Boatswain's Mates train, direct, and supervise personnel in ship's maintenance duties in all activities relating to marlinespikes, decks, boat seamanship, painting, upkeep of ship's external-structure, rigging, deck equipment, and life boats. BMs take charge of working parties, and act as petty officer-in-charge of picket boats, self-propelled barges, tugs, and other yard and district crafts. They serve in, or take charge of gun crews and damage control parties. Boatswain's Mates operate and maintain equipment used in loading and unloading cargo, ammunition, fuel, and general stores.

Military Duties Translated:

Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems using hand and power tools. Testing repaired equipment for proper performance and to ensure that work meets manufacturers' specifications. Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment. Inspecting bulldozers, cranes, graders and other heavy construction equipment for proper performance, and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions. Diagnosing faults or malfunctions using computerized and other testing equipment to determine the extent of repair required. Adjust equipment and repair or replace defective parts, components or systems using hand and power tools.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Equipment Mechanic