Life in the Navy – More than you expect

Some people have the wrong impression of life in the Navy. They believe that sailors are moved from one location to the next on a regular basis, spending most of their time on a ship. While it is true that “traveling” is part of your responsibility as a Navy sailor, this does not mean that you are always on the go.

As you decide if joining the Navy is the right choice, it is important to learn as much as possible about the life that you will live. Do you know anybody who currently serves in the Navy? Do you know somebody who was part of the Navy in the past? If so, speaking with this person is a great way to learn more about how you will live upon joining this branch of the military. Of course, you can also ask your recruiter for information on this detail as well as any others that are on your mind.

How much Time will I Spend at Sea?

If you don’t like the water you should not join the Navy. Although you won’t spend all your time at sea, this is part of your job. The amount of time that you spend at sea depends on a variety of factors.

Generally speaking, Navy sailors go to sea for 10 to 14 days each month for training. That being said, there are extended training operations that can last up to six months. The length varies based on the type of ship as well as the goal of the operation.

If you are on a ship that is set to be away for six months, you can expect to visit many ports on your trip.

Note: when on shore duty tour, you usually won’t spend any time at sea for a period of two to three years.

What is there to do on a Navy ship?

Obviously, your main responsibility is to work your assigned job. During your off-time, there are many activities that you can get involved with. From taking college courses to watching movies and exercising, there is always something to keep you busy.

While at sea, workdays are often longer due to the workload associated with keeping the ship and other equipment functioning properly.

If I join the Navy will I be forced to move often?

One of the main concerns of potential Navy sailors is stability. In most cases, you will move just once after you complete basic training and any required education. However, if you stay in the Navy longer than four years there is a good chance that you will be asked to move again.

As you can see from the answers to these three questions, life in the Navy is not what most people expect – it is much better!

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military dot image Sarah Hicks    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Is there a job dealing with criminal investigation/ criminal justice?
If I decided to go into the navy do i have to be on a ship.


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Sarah,
Absolutely. Go navy.com or navy.mil and check out the careers. If perplexed after that, call a Navy recruiter for the latest careers. Keep in mind, the needs of the Navy dictate so may want to talk to the recruiter about slots available for criminal justice schools. Great career potential after your enlistment too (in law enforcement).


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