One of the areas that the US Army has personnel is in the Enlisted Water Craft specialty. The United States Army uses vessels and watercraft of different sizes to support their overall operations, both overseas and in the United States. Army watercraft operators have special skills and ability to be aboard the different types of water vessels. They use hand held and stationary navigation devices, operate and maintain global positioning electronics, and function as crew members on different types of craft.
Working as a watercraft operator in the Army you may be work on board a tugboat, a barge, or work to load and unload Army gear and heavy equipment off and on a variety of vessels. Working as an Army Watercraft team member you will learn to perform as part of the Army Watercraft Team. The Army staffs and trains personnel to maintain, pilot, operate and navigate watercraft in a variety of different Army operations. Members of the Army Watercraft Corps use stationary navigation devices, hand held and watercraft mounted navigation gear, and they maintain and operate global positioning electronic gear. Serving in the Army as a watercraft operator requires ability and special skills, and the ability to serve aboard a variety of different Army Water vessels. The Army operates equipment in a variety of settings. Many people think of the Army as a dry land operation, they do not think of the Army when it comes to water or aviation based equipment. If you have an interest in sailing and navigation, can work well with other people, or have an interest in the ocean then this may be an ideal Army job for you. The responsibility of watercraft operators primarily is one of piloting, navigation and cargo operations, and the supervision of activity in and around Army watercraft. The job of Watercraft operations in the Army is very interesting and can vary a great deal. Army Watercraft operators may be used to direct and supervise other Army personnel as a routine part of watercraft missions.
Some of the responsibilities and duties of an operator working as an Army Watercraft specialist can include; providing navigation and operating Army Watercraft, operating and using amphibious craft for operations and troop landings, using hoists, block and tackle, davits, winches and capstans to secure and stow cargo.