Before we go any further, it is important to make one thing clear: setting up an appointment with a recruiter is in no way an obligation to join the Navy. Instead, this is an informational meeting in which you can learn more about the Navy and whether or not you would fit in.
You will spend a lot of time listening during your initial meeting with a Navy recruiter. Make sure you focus on the information being provided to you. Every last morsel can help you decide if enlisting in the Navy is the right decision.
However, this is not a one sided meeting. Instead, you are given every opportunity to ask as many questions as you can think of. In fact, your recruiter will encourage you to ask questions. Their job is to supply basic information while answering any and all questions. In short, your recruiter wants you to be armed with all the necessary information when you leave the meeting.
Am I qualified to join the Navy?
This is one of the first details to discuss with your recruiter. If you are not eligible there is no point in considering this career any further.
There are requirements for age, citizenship, and health among others.
Since every potential enlistee is different, this is something that must be discussed.
What should I expect during my first year in the Navy?
You don?t want to join the Navy ?blindly.? Instead, it is important to know what to expect as you get started.
In short, year one will include basic training, career training, and your first duty assignment. Just like most jobs, you will spend the first year becoming familiar with the Navy and acclimating yourself to this way of life.
I want to join the Navy with a friend ? can you help?
Many people are unaware of the Buddy Program and its many benefits. In short, this allows for enlistment of same gender groups of up to four people. With this program, you are asking to remain together as a group for as long as possible.
I am interested in attending college and enlisting in the Navy. Is this possible?
The Navy offers many educational programs. From college scholarships to training programs and everything in between, there is something available to all types of students. No matter if you are an undergraduate student or somebody simply looking to take a few college courses here and there, finding an educational program is simple.
Your recruiter can supply more information on educational programs, based on your current situation.
As a Navy Sailor, how much time will I spend at sea?
When you think of the Navy there is a good chance that the ocean and large ships come to mind. The amount of time that you spend at sea depends on many factors.
Generally speaking, Navy ships go to sea for 10 to 15 days per month for training operations. However, extended operations can last up to six months at a time. When taking part in a longer operation, you will visit numerous ports throughout the world. All your time is not spent at sea.
What about shore duty? During this type of duty assignment, typically lasting two to three years, you will not spend any time at sea.
Plan to ask your Navy recruiter these five questions. Your recruiter can expound on the answers above, while also addressing any follow-up questions that you may have.