When you serve in the US Army as a Watercraft crewmember or operator you are part of a small but elite force. The US Army maintains a number of different craft to handle missions that are Army based on the water, and these craft are operated by US Army Watercraft crewmembers. The career field of Enlisted Watercraft Operators is one that is varied and involves meeting a number of different people and performing duties that are normally associated with the Navy or Coast Guard.
When most people think of the US Army they think of land based, or infantry, armor or other traditional Army type positions. The enlisted Army Servicemember that serves as a |small boat operator is a well trained expert that deals with transportation and Army missions on rivers, oceans and lakes as well as other bodies of water in the United States and overseas. They perform duties in support of the US Army mission. The members of the Army Watercraft corps have unique opportunities to work with small and large tugboats, as well as a number of unique specialized watercraft. You will learn a variety of marine and small boat operations, as well as the basics of watercraft and water related equipment operations. The skills and techniques used to operate these types of watercraft are very highly technical, and require specialized training and teaching to become proficient in them. The small boat Army Watercraft operator works as a member of a close knit unit to perform operations of equipment in coastal, inland, and harbor operations as a member of a larger Army regiment or battalion, in support of operations that the Army has in a region or area. The US Army Watercraft enlisted careers are a varied and active specialty, and their responsibilities can involve engine room watch standing while the watercraft is underway. Other duties can involve maintenance and repair of all diesel and gasoline engines, and daily systems checks on all instrument and gauge systems.
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Its up to the members of the Army Small Boat and Watercraft corps to use and maintain these types of watercraft toward Army missions assigned. Craft such as high-speed hovercraft, jet boats, as well as more pedestrian and normal small boats are all present in the Army Watercraft fleet.
SPC Pawlak, Matthew S. says
I am interested in becoming an 88K. I am currently an 88M and trying to reclass but I am having trouble finding a watercraft unit. I have 4 years active navy experience as a deck hand which meets all requirements for 88K. If anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it.