Joining the navy

Training, advancement and benefits are why people join the Navy. If you want to be a part of an elite team that serves our country, the Navy should be on your list to investigate.

When you train with the Navy those skills will later transfer to job skills you can use to advance in a civilian career. You will also get educational assistance once you leave the military. And your day to day activities in the Navy make a difference.

The Navy doesn’t just take anybody.  No, to be a part of the Navy you must meet certain qualifications and be able to commit to a specific period of time. The men and women in the Navy hold themselves up to a high personal standard.  Besides meeting basic requirements to enter and then specific requirements for your field, the Navy wants to know what makes you tick on the inside.

The enlisted qualifications are different than the Officers.  Here are the basic qualifications for enlisted personnel.  You must be between the ages of 17 and 34 years of age.  Even at this, you will need parental consent if you are 17.

The Navy wants you to already be a Citizen of the United States.  Other options do exist, like a US permanent residence visa or an Alien Registration Green Card.

If you have a family and two dependents are under the age of 18 usually the Navy will not take you.  And if you are a single parent your case will be decided on an individual basis. You also must be able to meet your obligations for finances before you enter the Navy.

You should be a high school graduate or have earned a GED or high school equivalency. And of course, the Navy has zero tolerance for drug and alcohol use.  In fact you will be tested with urinalysis twice during the enlistment process.

And lastly you must be medically, legally and morally bound to high standards.  In other words, you need to be physically healthy, legally solvent and have good morals. How do they check these? The Navy will check criminal records including traffic violations to make a judgment.

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