Quartermasters and Boat Operators

Military Career

General Information


Quartermasters and boat operators focus on small boat safety, handling, operation, navigation, communications, and maintenance. They supervise the embarking and disembarking of troops from the vessel, establish and enforce safety procedures, oversee deck maintenance, and supervise maintenance of life saving equipment.

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Work Environment

Quartermasters and boat operators work aboard all types of boats and in all types of weather conditions. When not piloting boats, they may work on or below deck repairing boats and equipment or overseeing cargo storage. When ashore, they may work in offices that make nautical maps or in harbor management offices. Some boats are operated in combat situations.

Comparable Industries

  • Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation
  • Inland Water Transportation
  • Support Activities for Water Transportation
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Quartermasters and Boat Operators in the Military


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Average Salary


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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 43%
  • Associate's degree 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • Bachelor's degree 14%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Less than high school 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Quartermasters and boat operators in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to boat operations, and may include: Boat handling techniquesLog and message-handling proceduresUse of compasses, radar, charts, and other navigational aidsNavigational mathematicsStanding-watch proceduresShip structureLog and message-handling procedures

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