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Old 06-02-2015, 11:08 PM   #1
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The Navy

There must be some people on here that have been in the Navy.... I really think i want to join once I can, it combines serving my country along with doing what I love ( electronic navigation, electrical and electronics). I don't know just seems like something that would be great to do. Also being able to travel places, in a big ship none the less! I e always been fascinated by ships and they're systems.

What says the the TF crowd?
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:01 AM   #2
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Once I can? What's preventing you? What schooling have you completed and how'd you do?
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Old 06-03-2015, 05:41 AM   #3
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NAVY , great schools , if you can qualify , they will send you as far as you can go.

I learned to fly , so had good job after leaving.

They will guarantee school if you qualify before signing up.

Go for it!
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:00 AM   #4
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Get an appointment to the Naval Academy and you will get free tuition and a 4 year stay at quaint Annapolis. They will even improve your marching skills.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:28 AM   #5
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They will guarantee school if you qualify before signing up.
But, only if the needs of the service don't dictate otherwise. When I was in the Navy a number of guys had signed up with school guarantees but ended up elsewhere as the Navy had other slots it had to fill. Granted, this was during the Vietnam war era. May be different in "peacetime".
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:35 AM   #6
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Once I can? What's preventing you? What schooling have you completed and how'd you do?

I'm currently in school!
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Old 06-03-2015, 08:36 AM   #7
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It was the most interesting job I've ever had, by far. Also, the worst working conditions and lifestyle. Overall, a good trade-off, though. Do it, you won't regret it. Get a commission, don't enlist.
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I'm currently in school!
College? High school?

If you're in college and you can afford it, stay there, study hard enough to get good grades, and talk to a recruiter about officer programs after graduation. If you're still in high school and not sure what you'll do afterwards, study hard enough to get good grades and talk to a recruiter about your options. They'll give you a test and let you know what openings they have and what you qualify for.

As others have already said, the Navy is a great place to learn a trade or profession and to gain experience with responsibility that is hard to come by as a junior person in the civilian world, all while seeing the world.

Whatever you decide, good luck! Keep us posted.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:15 PM   #9
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You should definitely look into the Naval Academy -- ask your guidance counselor about specifics, but most are admitted based on a congressional appointment. If you want to spend time on the water, and have more civilian-employable skills when you leave, USCG may be a better fit.
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:25 PM   #10
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College? High school?

If you're in college and you can afford it, stay there, study hard enough to get good grades, and talk to a recruiter about officer programs after graduation. If you're still in high school and not sure what you'll do afterwards, study hard enough to get good grades and talk to a recruiter about your options. They'll give you a test and let you know what openings they have and what you qualify for.

As others have already said, the Navy is a great place to learn a trade or profession and to gain experience with responsibility that is hard to come by as a junior person in the civilian world, all while seeing the world.

Whatever you decide, good luck! Keep us posted.

High School, thanks for the info!
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"They will even improve your marching skills."

Marching skills? This is the NAVY !!!

WE were lucky not to cut each others ears off with sword salutes.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:43 PM   #12
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Greetings,
Mr. O. The military is a commendable career or career starter wrt educational benefits. Take VERY careful note of post #5. Read it again. Your forte with electronics may be overlooked if the Navy needs a cold weather instructor in Kodiak, Alaska. Once you're in, you're told where to go.
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"They will even improve your marching skills."

Marching skills? This is the NAVY !!!

WE were lucky not to cut each others ears off with sword salutes.

And clothes folding! You'll learn how to stow your gear.
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Look into the US Navy Nuclear Power School. It's a challenge...
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Look into the US Navy Nuclear Power School. It's a challenge...
A great recommendation. It is a long, exacting brain exercise that can be compared with some of the best learning institutions in America. Also they have an officers program in parallel with the core course.

A graduate, upon leaving the Navy, is almost automatically assured a secondary career working in the control units of civilian nuclear power plants.
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College first...maybe even the Naval Academy, but any college then go in as an officer. There are some great maritime colleges, including one near my marina in Vallejo, CA.

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I was 18 and off the coast of Vietnam, launching A-6 off the pointy end an hoping that not only the crew and plane would return to the Connie.....but that I'd wake up tomorrow morning to do it all over again. Lost a lot of aircrew and many crewmembers during that time and on the way home many months later, I told myself I hope I make it to enjoy a long life.

18 years later, found myself in the midst of Desert Storm and thought, I hope this one isn't as bad as Vietnam. Considering all the conflicts in between Vietnam and the Sandbox, I guess I was lucky, the same couldn't be said for many that didn't come home. I may not remember their names, but I remember their faces and the dreams they had. It's a shame this one has lasted as long as it has, cuz it's my Grandkids that may end up in this one.

I just closed on the sale of my business and now 60, hope to move forward with the Admiral and escape to a little cove for a day or so wherever that cove is, and be grateful that we can. I've paid attention to all those that have influenced me over the years, most of them very positive. Most of them waited too long to retire and enjoy the remaining years.

I also have been fortunate to have Jeff Merrill as not only a friend, but he gets it and his patience has helped us to find the "right boat". Sorry it's taken this long Jeff.

Yep, I move a lot slower, don't see as well at night and can't hear like I use to. I take more breaks now and maybe enjoy that cocktail and a cigar a little more when we are sitting on the fly bridge watching the world turn, but we paid our dues and it's now " our time"!


Your time is when you pull the plug and decide to make the change. I wish you all the best and when you sit back and reflect on your life....I hope you can say....

"It's now our time" , now I hope I live long enough to see it through.

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Also, Been drawing a retirement check for the last 23 years now, so if your inclined to do the time, go officer program....the retirement check is so much better.
I'm typing this on board the Paridice, it doesn't get better.
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And if you want to really go to sea for a living; and want every one's favorite uncle to pay for it....

May I present "the service academy with attitude"

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I did a hitch in the Navy back in the 60s. The Navy is somewhat like any program, you get out of it what you put into it. Overall, it was a very good thing for me.
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