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View Poll Results: Should I join the Navy???
Yes, its awesome! 40 81.63%
No, you'll hate it 9 18.37%
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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The Navy can be deployed a lot. On other threads here on CD I have mentioned how many times I have deployed, and I have even gotten flamed over it. Some jobs in the Navy do deploy a lot. But many find it hard to imagine so many deployments.

That said I have also known corpsmen who only rarely deploy.

For example; one dear friend has a specialty in one of the hospital clinics, so he can only be assigned to a 'full' hospital. During Desert Storm they sent him into the sandbox, where a Naval hospital was setup. He spent 8 months in a circus tent hospital. But otherwise his entire career has been bouncing from one shore-duty hospital to another.

The Navy can be good pay, especially if you get into a rate with a lot of bonus pays.

I did 20 years.
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Old 01-12-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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Navy
if you are a woman looking for a husband + (# of men on a ship outnumber women)
If you like to travel

Air Force
Better standard of living
Less deployments (medical)
more relaxed work environment (medical)
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Old 01-14-2010, 02:03 AM
 
Location: SA
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As a former Marine, I will say if you are assigned with a Marine unit as a corpsman you will also get a chance to see many places however you may be going through with great speed. Good luck to you and thank you for considering serving your country it shows you are a true American.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:13 AM
 
Location: On our boat!
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I enlisted in the Navy during Nam, right after high school graduation (1968). Back then I was forced to join something or the Draft was right there to get me. I sure wasn't ready for all the face-to-face/nose-to-nose yelling at me, but that was all in Basic Training (NTC). I also wasn't use to all the swearing/"F" bombs I heard, but got use to that also. My main duty station was on a Destroyer/Destroyer Escort Group so I was on the water a lot! During the entire time I was in, I didn't have an actual girlfriend or get married/have a wife......my choice of course. And, there would have been NO WAY that my wife now could have handled me being in the Navy and away on a deployment! Actually, I loved being in the Navy even during the times I was out at sea and getting pushed up against a bulkhead due to stormy seas.
Bottom line is this: If you can handle taking orders, some-to-a-lot of yelling in your face (Boot Camp).......you can have a great career in the Navy.
Good Luck!!
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:38 PM
 
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My recruiter never said anything about NROTC???? and I wont be an officer because I dont have BSN .... hmmmm .... im going to hav e to look into this. Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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I enlisted in the Navy during Nam, right after high school graduation (1968). Back then I was forced to join something or the Draft was right there to get me. I sure wasn't ready for all the face-to-face/nose-to-nose yelling at me, but that was all in Basic Training (NTC). I also wasn't use to all the swearing/"F" bombs I heard, but got use to that also. My main duty station was on a Destroyer/Destroyer Escort Group so I was on the water a lot! During the entire time I was in, I didn't have an actual girlfriend or get married/have a wife......my choice of course. And, there would have been NO WAY that my wife now could have handled me being in the Navy and away on a deployment! Actually, I loved being in the Navy even during the times I was out at sea and getting pushed up against a bulkhead due to stormy seas.
Bottom line is this: If you can handle taking orders, some-to-a-lot of yelling in your face (Boot Camp).......you can have a great career in the Navy.
Good Luck!!
thanks
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Navy
if you are a woman looking for a husband + (# of men on a ship outnumber women)
If you like to travel

Air Force
Better standard of living
Less deployments (medical)
more relaxed work environment (medical)
not really looking for a hubby on the ship. I figured most of the men there will be very young. ill probably be the one of the oldest ones on the ship.
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Old 01-15-2010, 06:51 PM
 
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The Navy can be deployed a lot. On other threads here on CD I have mentioned how many times I have deployed, and I have even gotten flamed over it. Some jobs in the Navy do deploy a lot. But many find it hard to imagine so many deployments.

That said I have also known corpsmen who only rarely deploy.

For example; one dear friend has a specialty in one of the hospital clinics, so he can only be assigned to a 'full' hospital. During Desert Storm they sent him into the sandbox, where a Naval hospital was setup. He spent 8 months in a circus tent hospital. But otherwise his entire career has been bouncing from one shore-duty hospital to another.

The Navy can be good pay, especially if you get into a rate with a lot of bonus pays.

I did 20 years.
Thats good Im single and I want to travel I read that linguist have bonus pay about $200 per month Im actually leaning more toward that because it seems like very interesting and important work.
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:23 PM
 
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My recruiter never said anything about NROTC???? and I wont be an officer because I dont have BSN .... hmmmm .... im going to hav e to look into this. Thanks for the info.


Try and talk to an Officer Selection Office ASAP, you are right at the age limit for NROTC. If you get accepted they will pay for your bachelor's degree. That said Officers get less flexibilty in picking their job, but you can get your Bachelors in any field you choose. You could apply for the NORTC scholarship with the Navy and Marine Corps at the same time, and if I'm not mistaking (and verify this b/c I might be ) you can choose to go Navy option instead of Marine even if that's who awardd you the scholarship. It's the same scholarship for both services, as the Marines are part of the Department of the Navy. In fact there are some Marines loading up on Navy ships right now, headed to Haiti.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:05 PM
 
Location: A North Queensland beachside community
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The biggest con of the Navy is that you'r eon a boat for long periods of time.
Con? That's what the navy is. 'Boats' at sea.

To the OP- I enjoyed the navy. Especially being on ships at sea.
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