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How do I get my Ordinary Seaman rating?

You need to take care of these 6 easy steps to get your entry level MMC

  1. You must be a US Citizen or alien admitted for permanent residence

  2. Be at least 16 years old (with parental/guardian consent if under 18)

  3. Pass a drug test within 6 months

  4. Most hold or be approved for Medical Certificate

  5. Must take the Merchant Mariners Oath in front of a Notary

  6. Pay Mariner's Fees

How many Sea Days are needed?

There are no sea service requirements for entry level endorsements.

What endorsements are included in an Entry Level Rating?

Ordinary Seaman, Wiper, and Steward’s Department (FH)

We hope this made your life a little easier and if you have other questions the MM-SEAS team is always here to help!

We do prefer to answer questions live with screen sharing to make both of our lives easier.

We hold free live virtual master classes Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 - 5:30 pm PT inside of under License Guidance and then Daily Master Classes.

Pro MM-SEAS members get access to our daily live office hours Monday thru Friday from 5:00 - 5:30 pm PT. You also get access to unlimited live 1 on 1 calls with one of our USCG Licensing Specialists. Pro MM-SEAS members can access these features inside of under License Guidance.


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