Better Education, Competition Increases Candidate Quality
Each year the Navy enlists thousands of new Service Members. The Navy serves a huge role in helping to keep the Seas free, and providing security for the United States. It protects and defends our Country, and our allies around the world, and protects the ability for all nations to trade and ply the oceans in freedom.
Best of all, Navy Air Power and Sea Power helps make it possible for the United States to have access to the worlds oceans where we need to.
As time has passed the quality of the people attracted to the Navy has increased.
The United States Navy has over three hundred sixty officers and enlisted members. They repair, operate and use over four thousand aircraft, and almost three hundred ships. They are used as experts in their fields, including shipboard ratings, computer programmers, medical and dental specialists, seamen and airmen, computer and network systems administrators, and many other job specialties.
Each year over forty thousand people are inducted as new enlistees into the Navy.
To Qualify To qualify for Navy enlistment, all candidates must be between seventeen and twenty four years old. Some career fields such as Nuclear Job postions call for a younger age of 23 years old. It used to be there was no educational requirement, but with stiff competition the Navy wants to have High School Graduates whenever and whereever possible.
The first enlistment in the Navy is usually for four years. There are times when other terms are issues, six year , three year or even two year enlistments are offered for some specialized job titles.
All candidates for enlistment must be citzens of the U.S. or in some cases they qualify if they have valid immigrations status and forms as an immigrant alien. All candidates must pass the Armed Services Vocational battery of tests, called the ASVAB. And also all candidates must be physically fit as determined by a medical examination.
Extra Pay Sometimes you can qualify for extra duty pay in the U.S. Navy. Duty such as aviation crewmember, demolition duty, sea duty, diving duty, submarine duty, or other duty requiring special training can yield higher pay.
There are also often opportunities in the nuclear program for extra pay, because of the unique training needed. There are also other high tech fields, which offer increased pay opportunities.