Would you like to see a sunrise in the Baltic Sea? Or a sunset over the Indian Ocean? What about travel to exotic Ports of call around the world? When sailing in the Navy, travel and adventure are routine experiences.
When thinking of joining the Navy one must wonder, what’s it like living on a ship? You will certainly see the world from a whole new perspective. On average a US Ship is docked at their home port a great deal of the time, you are not actually on the sea. Usually a Sailor is attached to a ship for a three year period.
Some of these Ports of Call are: Sydney, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China; Egypt and over 100 more Ports of Call around the globe. The time on a ship is then balanced with three years of shore duty.
Once you are assigned to a ship, that is deployed let’s say to Japan then the amount of time actually at sea varies. Usually a Carrier is at sea for six to nine months. Most other ships are at sea from three to six months. When not at sea your ship will be at its Port of Call where you can explore other lands and meet new people.
Living at sea is an experience few people get to encounter, but for a Sailor it becomes routine. The US Navy has over 300 vessels in operation around the world. Each vessel has its own particular needs with some jobs being similar. Your specialized job will be specific to that assigned ship and to the real life needs of working at sea.
Some ships are like cities, with over 5,000 crew members. You can see they would need IT specialists, radio and communication specialists, cooks, chaplains, medical doctors, air traffic controllers, network engineers, and really any position you have in a city is duplicated on one of these big ships.
Smaller vessels have some of the same needs but depending on duties, they will need sharpshooters, bombardier experts and the list goes on. The Navy will help you look at your aptitudes to place you where your skills are needed and where you have a desire to serve.
Sources Cited: https://www.navy.com