Military Sealift Command (MSC)

MITAGS offers courses that are certified by the Military Sealift Command (MSC). These programs have been specifically developed to satisfy the training requirements for contract mariners aboard LMSR (Large, Medium Speed, Roll-On/Roll-Off) vessels and others, which are critical components of the United States strategic sealift capability.

These courses are currently offered at MITAGS’ East Coast Campus.

Check our Course Schedule for the latest MSC training courses available.

Basic Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Training

This one-day course, certified as meeting Military Sealift Command (MSC) requirements, is designed to inform personnel of the hazards that are associated with weapons of mass destruction. Students will learn how to best protect themselves and their ship and recover from these hazards and what their own or shared responsibilities are in a CBR environment.

Prerequisites – OICNW Level Certification.


Damage Control

This two-day course is designed to meet the Military Sealift Command (MSC) damage control training requirements.  The course is highly recommended for all mariners.  The information learned during the classroom sessions is reinforced in the application phase. Attendees perform as members of a damage control team to combat various types of shipboard damage, other than fire

Prerequisites – The student should have completed a USCG approved fire-fighting course (MITAGS offers firefighting courses onsite) or OICNW Level Certification.

Suggested Courses/Skills- The Student needs to have an understanding of shipboard organization


Small Arms Training

This four-day course is designed to certify mariners to safely, responsibly, and effectively employ firearms in the performance of their duties and is IAW OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series Standards.

The mariner will be given instruction in and will have to qualify on:

  • M9 service pistol
  • M14 service rifle
  • M500 service shotgun

This course is required annually for annual certification and annual sustainment.

Prerequisites – Prospective students must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.  Each student will be required to sign and attest that the above is true. Students must meet the requirements of:

  • DoD form 2760 Qualification to Possess Firearms and Ammunition
  • MSC supplemental form to Dod 2760
  • Medical restriction IAW OPNAVINST 3591.1 Series

Suggested Courses/Skills- MSC Required Course. Prospective students must never have been convicted of a felony or any crime of domestic violence.

Two days are spent on an outdoor range so students need to bring appropriate seasonal clothing and always consider rain gear.


Marine Environmental Protection

This MSC course outlines duties and responsibilities with regard to the federal laws governing Sewage, Oil and Oily Waste, Oil and Hazardous Substance Spill Response, Ozone Depleting Substances, Non-Indigenous Species and Marine Mammals, and Hazardous Materials.

The Environmental Protection Program integrates MSC’s environmental policy into the decision-making process and day-to-day operations of MSC by focusing on four areas:

  • Compliance with international, national, state, and local environmental laws and regulations
  • Spill response readiness
  • Pollution prevention
  • Conservation

Prerequisites – OICNW Level Certification.


Helicopter Firefighting:

This course is designed for those mariners working on MSC vessels and having a requirement for helicopter fire fighting. The course provides tailored team training for mariners who may serve as a member of the ship’s flight deck organization and will train mariners to save lives, fire suppression, and extinguishment of fire. Students will be required to demonstrate their competency during live fire exercises to cover pilot rescue procedures and helicopter fire suppression and extinguishment.


Ship Reaction Force:

This course, which combines classroom lecture and practical labs/demonstration, provides tailored training for mariners serving aboard ships under MSC’s Operational Control (OPCON) and Administrative Control (ADCON) who are assigned to the Ship’s Reaction Team.

This course introduces team members to the equipment and procedures they will use when responding to crisis situations. This includes the function of the security reaction team, rules for the use of force and deadly force, security reaction team equipment, tactical communications, the principles of close quarters combat, tactical team movement techniques, tactical room entry techniques, tactical withdrawal techniques, and hostage situation management.

This course is required once every three (3) years for members of the ship’s reaction force (SRF).


  • Security Watch Stander – Basic
  • Security Watch Stander – Advanced
  • Small Arms qualified in M9 pistol and M500 shotgun


Security Watch Stander Basic

This course is required once in a career.  Approved by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), this is an orientation course to introduce mariners to MSC’s Force Protection program onboard ship. The combined lecture and practical course includes the following:

  • Shipboard security watch organization

  • Force continuum

  • Rules for the Use of Force

  • Security communications

  • Surveillance

  • Defense in Depth

  • Gangway entry control concepts

  • Searches

  • Entry control: special situations


Attendees that successfully complete this course will be able to act as watch standers on MSC owned and operated vessels and to provide the necessary skills and abilities to perform the duties of the gangway watch stander, roving patrol, and member of the security watch.


Security Watch Stander Advanced

This course, which combines lecture and practical labs/demonstration, will certify a mariner to carry and employ a baton in the performance of their shipboard security duties in accordance with (IAW) the Department of Defense’s Interservice Nonlethal Individual Weapons Instructor Course (INIWIC) standards.

This course will also train the mariner in basic Mechanical Advantage Control Holds (MACH) IAW INIWIC standards.

This course is required annually for annual certification on baton and review of MACHs

Prerequisite: MSC Watch Stander Basic

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