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Joining the Navy
Joining the navy

SINGAPORE (Aug. 2, 2009) Sailors man the rails aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) while underway off the coast of Singapore. George Washington, the Navy’s only permanently forward deployed aircraft carrier, is on a scheduled port visit to Singapore. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Adam K. Thomas/Released)

Is joining the Navy the right decision for you?

You want to see the world? This is the branch of service where you are guaranteed to travel, even during peace time. If stationed on a ship you will normally be at sea half the month and up to six months for longer operations. During this time your ship will travel to different ports and you will be able to explore the area depending on your length of stay.

If you are a war-fighter, and think that the Navy doesn’t have a career for you, think again. Every branch has it’s specialty occupations, for example the Navy led the way when it came to explosive ordinance disposal and electronic warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army and Marines did not even have these jobs for years and had to learn from the Navy.

The Navy offers many career paths in a wide range of fields. You could work in aviation, launching F/A-18 Super Hornet jets from the deck of an aircraft carrier or direct the air as an air traffic controller. There are many opportunities in different fields, such as healthcare, engineering, nuclear energy (submarines), and information & technology. Whatever you choose in the Navy, you will on the water! If your lucky, you will end up at one of their bases in California, Florida, Texas, or even Hawaii.

Are you ready to be a Sailor? The Navy prides itself in it’s many traditions.  As a sailor you will learn to act and talk like a sailor even though you will not be doing any “sailing.” You will refer to your ship as a “she” and her sides as port or starboard. Do not worry, you will learn all of this; your recruit commanders will transform you from a recruit to a sailor in just thirteen weeks.

Until then “Fair winds and following seas and long may your big jib draw!”