A lot of women are interested in joining the Navy, but hold back because they are unsure of what will become of their life. They know that the Navy will take care of them. This is not the problem. Instead, they have questions regarding the day to day life of joining this branch of the military.
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Do you have more questions regarding life in the Navy? You are not alone.
How much time will I spend at sea? This is the number one question among women interested in joining the Navy. Training operations last anywhere from 10 days to two weeks. Of course, extended operations can last six months or longer. This depends on the type of ship as well as the mission. Although it may be tough to stay away from home for six months at a time, you will stop at many ports along the way.
Is life boring on a ship? Of course not. The Navy does a great job making sure that you always have something to do – even when you are not working. There are plenty of activities to partake in. The size of your ship will determine your activities, but some of the most popular include playing cards, watching movies and exercising. Believe it or not, some ships even have classrooms where you can earn college credit.
How long will my workday last? This depends on your position. While at home, your workday will be similar to any other civilian job. Things change when you go out to sea, though. In this case, the workday can last longer because it is important to keep all machinery and equipment functioning properly.
Is there any chance that I can receive a promotion? Contrary to popular belief, not every promotion in the Navy goes to a man. You will be eligible to move from E-1 to E-2 in nine months; E-2 to E-3 in nine months; and E-3 to E-4 in six months. In many cases, you can move to E-2 during basic training without waiting nine months.
Do I really have to move often? This is one of the biggest perceived drawbacks of joining the Navy. Fortunately, once you complete training and any necessary schooling you will probably move once – this is your first permanent station. Of course, if you stay in the Navy beyond your first enlistment period you may be asked to move again.
If you have to move, you don’t need to worry about your family. One of the main benefits of the Navy is that they also move your spouse and children with you.
Are you ready for this new life? If you have more questions about joining the Navy as a woman it makes good sense to contact a recruiter. This gives you the chance to ask specific questions regarding your current situation as well as the future.