It is easy to look at the process of joining the Navy and believe that you are in over your head. After all, this is a big decision that is sure to change your life forever. No matter if you decide to enlist or opt against this at the present time, it is safe to say that the course of your life will never be the same.
Although you may be scared about what the future holds, you don?t want to let this stop you from learning more. Remember, just because you consider enlisting in the Navy does not mean that you have to do so. The final decision is yours.
Here are five basic steps to take if you want to join the Navy:
1. Contact a local recruiter. This is when you will be able to ask questions, receive answers, and discuss your future in the Navy.
Your recruiter will also discuss your many options for joining, which include: Direct Appointment Program, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC), Undergraduate Programs, Delayed Entry Program, and Military Entrance Processing Station.
2. Discuss your options with friends and family. This is not required but getting outside opinions can go a long way in helping you better understand what you should and should not be doing. This is not a time for others to talk you out of enlisting. Instead, it is time to have an open conversation regarding your personal situation and goals.
3. Submit your application. You cannot simply tell your recruiter that you want to join the Navy. No matter what, you will need to submit an application. Are you interested in an Office or Enlisted position? The answer to this question will alter the application process.
When you meet with your Navy recruiter, you will be required to complete an application. At this time, you will be asked for several pieces of information ranging from your birth certificate to your medical records and much more.
Note: your recruiter will give you a list of everything you need to apply.
4. Time for processing. Once your application is approved and you are ready to move forward, it is time to go through the Military Entrance Processing Station. During this time, you will do four things: take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, take your physical, complete a pre-enlistment interview, and attend the Oath of Enlistment Ceremony.
5. It is time to begin training for life in the Navy. The training that you receive in the Navy is unlike anything you will ever go through. You will be learning hands-on and in the classroom from some of the most knowledgeable professionals in your chosen career field.
Training may include some or all of the following: Boot Camp, ?A? School, Officer Candidate School, and Officer Development School.
Generally speaking, once you complete these five steps you will find yourself serving your country as a proud member of the Navy.