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Joining the Navy. Information and resources for those who are thinking about enlisting in the United States Military, specifically the U.S. Navy.
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Enlisted Job (Rating) Descriptions & Qualifications
Detailed job descriptions, qualification factors, recent promotion rates, technical training information, and career progression chart.

ASVAB Scores Required for Navy Jobs
ASVAB scores required for Navy enlisted Jobs (ratings).

Officer Job Descriptions
Job descriptions and qualification factors for commissioned officer designations (jobs) in the United States Navy.

Advanced Enlistment Paygrades
Certain categories of enlistment entitle the recruit to enlist at a paygrade higher than E-1.

Basic Training
Armed Forces Press article giving an overview of U.S. Navy Basic Training.

Becoming a Navy Pilot
It takes years of training and dedication to become a Navy pilot. Here are the benchmarks youll need to meet if you plan to pursue this coveted and highly demanding career.

Buddy Enlistment Program
The Navy Buddy Enlistment Program provides for the enlistment of small groups of not more than four male individuals or four female individuals who wish to remain together for as long as possible during their enlistment.

Chicago District Office
Navy Recruiting Chicago, Il, district office.

Commissioning Programs
Various methods to gain a commission in the United States Navy.

Criminal/Moral History Information/Waivers
Certain criminal offenses make one ineligible to join the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Some offenses may qualify for a "Morals Waiver."

Enlistment Bonuses
Certain ratings (jobs) in the Navy offer a monetary bonus for personnel enlisting for them. Here is a list of the current enlistment bonus amounts.

Female Recruits
The Navy plans to target more female recruits in 2010.

Full Time Support (FTS) Program
Navy Full Time Support (FTS) sailors are members of the Navy Reserves who perform full-time active duty, receiving the same pay, allowances, and benefits as active duty members. The purpose of the Full Time Support (FTS) program is to train and administer the Navy Reserve.

Life Aboard a U.S. Navy Ship
What's it like being assigned to a U.S. Navy Ship? In this 5-part series, STG1 Patrick Long describes life on the USS Porter (DDG-78). In Part 1 - Reporting to the Ship.

Naval Aviation School
All about the Navy's School of Aviation, including requirements, course overview, and physical readiness standards.

Navy Boot Camp
Detailed Information about Naval Recruit Training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes.

Navy Criminal History for Enlistment Requirements, Main Menu
Certain criminal offenses may preclude enlistment in the United States Navy. It's important to note that conviction is not necessarily required. The Navy is more interested in whether or not the person actually committed the offense, rather than whether or not some court was lenient or generous in how they handled/prosecuted the offense.

Navy Educational Assistance
General information about various Navy educational programs.

Navy Enlistment Classification (NEC) Codes
The Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) system, of which the NEC coding system is a part, supplements the enlisted rating structure in identifying personnel on active or inactive duty and billets in manpower authorizations. NEC codes identify a nonrating wide skill, knowledge, aptitude, or qualification that must be documented to identify both people and billets for management purposes.

Navy Exceeds FY 04 Recruiting Goals
Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) closed out another successful year of recruiting active-duty and Reserve Sailors Sept. 30 (2004), marking the 38th month of meeting active-duty enlisted accession and new contract objective goals.

Navy Recruit (Student) Restrictions
After boot camp, Navy recruits attend technical training (usually called "A School"). During technical training, there are restrictions on what recruits can and cannot do while attending Navy schools.

Navy Recruiting
Official Navy Recruiters Home page. Contains general information about joining the Navy.

Navy Recruiting Command
The U.S. Navy Recruiting Command, headquartered about 10 miles north of Memphis in Millington, Tenn., recruits both officers and enlisted personnel into the service’s regular and Reserve components.

Navy Recruiting Sets New Record
Officials and recruiters of Navy Recruiting Command are celebrating the thirty-sixth consecutive month of making active-duty enlisted accession and new contract objective goals July 31, continuing to raise the bar for the sea service’s future recruiting success.

Navy Reserve Accession Course
Information about the Navy Reserve Accession Course, the two-week "basic training" for Navy Reserve Recruits.

Navy Reserve Accession Course Boot Camp
Ever have an intense dream that was really interesting? It made you very uncomfortable, but you still wanted to slip back into the dream after you woke up from it? That is kind of what NPSAC boot camp was like for Bob. Read the account from his online diary.

Navy-CASH Program
Navy College Assistance/Student Headstart Program (Navy-CASH). The Navy-CASH Program allows individuals to enlist in the United States Navy and continue to go go college for up to 12 months, receiving active duty pay and allowances.

Non-Citizen Jobs
Most Navy jobs require U.S. citizenship. However, there are some Navy enlisted jobs (ratings) available to non-citizens.

Officer Candidate School
Test for Navy School

Rank (Rate) Determination for Prior Service Joining the Navy
Here are the rules for prior service enlisting in the United States Navy for determining initial enlisted rank (rate).

Recruiters
The official web site for Navy Recruiters. Lots of good information here for recruiters and recruits, alike.

Recruiting Referral Recognition Program
The Navy has a program which allows military members (from any branch of service) and civilians to refer individuals for Navy enlistment or officer accession, and receive awards. Military personnel can even earn a Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal or Commendation Medal from the program.

Reserves - First Drill Weekend/NPSAC Training
Good overview of the first weekend of drill in the Naval Reserves and the Naval Non-Prior-Service Accession Training (NPSAC).

San Diego District Office
Navy Recruiting San Diego, CA, District Office.

SEAL Challenge
Information about joining the United States Navy, as a Navy SEAL, through the SEAL Challenge Program.

SEAL Training
The 25-week curriculum at the Navy Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S)training is divided into three phases that test the Sailors' spirit and stamina. This is the rigorous course that turns out Navy SEALS.

Submarine Duty Medical Standards
Special Medical Standards apply for personnel performing duty on United States Naval submarines.

Surviving Navy Boot Camp
Part IV of a multi-part article about military basic training. In this part, all about Navy Boot Camp.

Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Join The Navy
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. Here are the pros and cons of choosing to enlist in the United States Navy.

Two Year Enlistment Option
The Navy began offering a new short-term enlistment program aimed at expanding the opportunities for all Americans to serve in the United States Navy. Known as the National Call to Service (NCS), the program provides the military services a new way to reach a group of young Americans who otherwise might not serve of the length of traditional enlistment options.

Weight Requirements
Like the other services, the Navy has maximum allowable weight requirements for new recruits to enter the Delayed Enlistment Program, and to ship out to Boot Camp.

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