Government Vessel Courses (MSC / MARAD)




MEBA Members needing CMEO training can access MSC’s training portal here. Through their website, Members will be able to see MSC’s training schedule and register for the class they need.

PLEASE NOTE:  Members must register for this class themselves, CMES is not able to do it for them.

The following courses may be taken at CMES:

DAMAGE CONTROL / CBRN (includes Marine Environmental)

This one-week course is designed for those persons who intend to apply for officer positions on government owned contract-operated Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels. Training modules include Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defense, and Damage Control. The course also includes Military Sealift Command's Environmental Protection Officer Program, which includes laws, pollution, ozone depletion, and hazardous materials handling with protective clothing and emergency response procedures.

Note: Members holding a “Not Fit For Duty” slip are not eligible to take this course.


Course Capacity: 12 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: None

MSC Approval:

Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense (CBRN)
This course is recognized as meeting the Military Sealift Command's standards and content and meets the standards of NATO STANAG 2520 CBRN Defense, Standards for Education, Training and Evaluation - ATP 3.8.1, Vol. III.

Shipboard Damage Control
This course is recognized as meeting Military Sealift Command's standards and content for Damage Control Training and the content of the U.S. Navy's General Shipboard Damage Control (K-495-0045) course.

Marine Environmental Programs Course
This course is recognized as meeting the standards and content of MSC's Marine Environmental Course.


This one-week course will cover the safe care and operation of multiple firearms used aboard Military Sealift Command (MSC) vessels manned by civilian mariners. Also, specific rules of engagement pertaining to each force protection team unit will be covered. The objective of this course is to educate the civilian mariner in the safe and proper handling of the 9mm semi-automatic pistol, 7.62 mm semi-automatic rifle, and 12-gauge pump operated shotgun. The participant will qualify in courses of fire as set down by the Military Sealift Command and the United States Navy, using live fire exercises at an approved firing range. All training and instruction will be in accordance with OPNAVINST.3591.1 Series.


Course Capacity: 10 students

Prerequisites: None

Special Requirements: To be qualified to participate in this course, the member must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.

MSC Approval: This course is recognized as meeting the standards and content of OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series Small Arms Training and Qualification and the Military Sealift Command's Small Arms Training and Qualification of Instruction.