Things to Consider When Deciding to Join The Navy

Joining the Navy - Consider This

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Joining any branch of service should not be a decision made on a whim.  There are many things to consider such as what type of training you want to receive, or opportunities for advancement and further education. Where do you want to live?  Do you prefer land over the sea? There are many other quality of life issues you should consider, so do not just sign up without seriously learning about your future career.

Whether you are wanting to just spend 4 years to help pay for college or you want to make it a career for 20 plus years, the same amount of consideration should occur for you to get the most of your decision to serve your country.

Some Navy History

The Navy was officially established by the Continental Congress in 1775. The Navy's primary mission is to maintain the freedom of the seas or as the slogan goes, "A Global Force for Good."  The Navy makes it possible for the United States to use the seas where and when our national interests require it. In addition, in times of conflict, the Navy helps to supplement Air Force air power. Navy aircraft carriers can often deploy to areas where fixed runways are impossible. An aircraft carrier usually carries about 80 aircraft. Most of these are fighters or fighter-bombers. Additionally, Navy ships can attack land targets from miles away (with very heavy guns), and cruise missiles.

Opportunities in a Nutshell

There are many opportunities within the Navy.  If you have an interest in sailing boats, flying airplanes, driving in submarines, communicating with all the above, maintaining such equipment, or even special operations that include diving, swimming, jumping out of planes and mastering small arms weapons, explosives, and land warfare, the Navy has the jobs you are looking for.

The Navy is also primarily responsible for transporting Marines to areas of conflict. The active duty Navy has about 326,000 active duty officers and enlisted Sailors.  See below for links to important areas of concern that you should be well aware of prior to joining a branch of the Armed Services.  On a personal note, one of the things that swayed my decision to join the Navy was the location of all of our Naval Bases.  The Navy will likely always be in a beach town, since I grew up near the beach and loved the ocean, it was an easy decision how to serve and in what capacity.

Interested in the pros and cons of the other military branches?

Choosing a military service can be a complicated decision. The services differ when it comes to enlistment incentives, assignment opportunities, quality of life programs, deployment rates, promotion opportunities, and more. 

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