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What should I write for my Served As position on my CG-719S form?

Use USCG terms like Master, Mate, or Deckhand for 'Position' on CG-719S. Avoid using 'CREW' alone.

2 mins read・Jul 15, 2022
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You want to put what you did on the vessel using USCG terminology. Master, Mate, Operator, Deckhand and Member of the Engine Department are the most common positions to put in the Served As position on the CG-719S form.

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The USCG does not recognize the position "CREW" on it's own, so do not write CREW as your position. It confuses the USCG evaluators as they do not know if you were serving in the Deck Crew or the Engine Crew.

When do I put Deckhand for my Served As position on the CG-719S form?

If you are responsible for navigation, cargo, command, and control functions then you are working in the Deck department as a Deckhand as defined by the USCG in 46 CFR § 10.107. You should always write in Deckhand if you were doing this work and you were not serving as the Master, Mate or Operator on the vessel.

When do I put Master for my Served As position on the CG-719S form?

If you are have command of the vessel you are serving as Master. This is defined by the USCG in 46 CFR § 10.107. You should always write in Master if you were the person in charge of the vessel. Captain will work but Master leaves zero room for interpretation by the USCG evaluators.

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When do I put Mate for my Served As position on the CG-719S form?

If you are working as a qualified officer in the deck department other than the master you are serving as Mate. This is defined by the USCG in 46 CFR § 10.107. You should always write in Mate working as a qualified officer in the deck department other than the master.

When do I put Engine Department for my Served As position on the CG-719S form?

If you are primarily responsible for the main propulsion and auxiliary systems, and other mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and refrigeration systems, including deck machinery and cargo-handling equipment then you are working in the Engine department as defined by the USCG in 46 CFR § 10.107. You should always write in Member of the Engine Department if you were doing this work and you were not serving as the Master, Mate, Operator or Deckhand on the vessel.

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Nate Gilman
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Nate has over 15 years of professional maritime experience and has hawsepiped his way to a 3rd Mate Unlimited Endorsement with full STCW compliance. He is proud veteran of the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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