rutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 31 Posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2779 times:
So about a year ago, I decided that I had some interest in the United States Navy. I go and talk to a recruiter about joining, he gives me some good information and tells me to come back when I have my high school diploma. Well it took that whole year to get my high school diploma. So I go back with it, next is the ASVAB. I go and take the ASVAB and I didn't get a high enough score on it and they tell me to wait a month and then I can retake it. I studied the parts that I did the worst on for the next month. I go back for the second time and I take it and I got a much better score the next time around.
Next I start my processing by going to MEPS. For those who do not know what MEPS is, it stands for Military Entry Processing Station. You do all of your physicals and testing stuff to enter into the Military. So I go there at like 0600, start out with a briefing on how my day is going to be. They gave me tons of paperwork to fill out and what not. So I do a drug test, blood test, and full physical(including the spread your cheeks fun). Then I ate lunch and I got my folder back, only this time it was in a new folder and it said "Navy Enlisted Personnel File". When I saw that, that was probably the happiest point in my life. I finally got into the Navy, which took a lot of work getting into. After that, they took my finger prints for my security clearance and then I swore in and signed my contract.
As of now, I am going in as a Fireman's Apprentice under the Engineering-PACT program. So basically I will be working with all of the Engineering departments, excluding aviation(For now anyways). It's not the job that I wanted, but I'm not complaining. I am thankful for the opportunity that has presented itself in front of me.
I ship out for "Recruit Training Command", aka boot camp, on June 5th 2013. I will spend 9 weeks in Great Lakes, IL for boot camp and then an additional 4 weeks for an engineering course that I have to take. After that I go out into the fleet, I won't know where I'm headed until after I graduate boot camp.
This is a huge stepping stone in my life, specially after the past few years that I've had. They have been pretty bumpy. After I signed my contract, that was the first time I ever felt like crying out of happiness. It was kind of overwhelming really.
But I am ready for what is to come.
End of rant.
[Edited 2013-03-17 22:57:07]
If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11487 posts, RR: 24 Reply 5, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2689 times:
Hope you have an enjoyable and productive time in the Navy.
My $0.02: In both military and civvie life, morale is your own responsibility. Sure, they do things that might add or subtract from it, but it's really up to you what to make of it all. If you should let your morale go to crap then it's very hard to get it back to normal, and if you can't, you really will be miserable, so the best thing to do is keep decent morale, be very protective of it, and don't let the whining of others drag yours down.
txjim From United States of America, joined May 2008, 229 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2622 times:
Congratulations! I would suggest that as opportunities present themself, look at Navy career paths that have post-Navy career options. I work with for a company that has E-6 connections and the majority of the development staff are former crew members. This sort of transition is good for the Navy, good for the company and good for the former Navy professional.
cjg225 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 460 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2569 times:
Congrats and good luck to you!
One of my best friends just got back from his first sea deployment recently. It's been a tough road to now, but he's kept at it and loves it.
I have a lot of friends in the various branches of the military as well as some family members. Probably my greatest regret in life is that I didn't join the military years ago when I was starting college. I think that, if I had done ROTC, I'd probably be a lot happier with my life now than I am. But, can't really change that now unless I want to do OCS, which seems like a poor choice. If I have a criticism of the military it's that everything is not as it seems with the recruitment process; my friend is being strung along about OCS and I wouldn't want the same thing to happen to me.
Ken777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7882 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2557 times:
I believe that the Navy is the best Branch to serve in - thought that when I enlisted and I still believe it.
Boot camp for the Navy isn't really that difficult. You are going about the same time of the year I started at Great Lakes - meaning that you will miss all the really harsh weather. The most important part of our training (IMO) was fire fighting.
Since you are going the Engineering route there is no question that you will get Sea Duty - which is actually the main reason for going into the Navy. With luck you will have a lot of opportunities for interesting port calls and I encourage you to enjoy those to the fullest. There is a lot of world outside of the US and your growing awareness of different countries will help mature your opinions on international issues.
flanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1619 posts, RR: 2 Reply 16, posted (9 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2478 times:
Grats man!! Maybe I will see you on a ship one of these years :P
I just applied for OCS in the Marines so I have to take the ASVAB in a week. Im graduating college at 27 and I have to get a special waver from the board just to go to OCS. I haven't done any math for like 10 years, although I have been studying for the last 2 months.
Stay safe and good luck!!
Calling an illegal alien an 'undocumented immigrant' is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist
Thank you everyone for all of the positive feedback.
All of the positivity that I have gotten from my decision to join, not just from you but from everyone that I know, makes me strive to be the most successful person that I can possibly be. It's really a great feeling. All of it is very overwhelming as well, but it is definitely worth it.
For anyone that knows me, the past 5 years have been extremely difficult and very challenging. But every time something challenging happens to me, I manage to get back up even more strong than I was before.
So here's to the next 4 years of my life and all of the positive things to come my way.
Once again, I appreciate all of your feedback. It truly means a lot.
If you're not willing to give up everything, You've already lost.
gocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4319 posts, RR: 22 Reply 22, posted (9 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 2346 times:
I've been in coming 11 years now. If you have any questions, send me a PM. If you get a chance to go overseas, do it. I love every bit of it. I've been living overseas for 7 consecutive years, going on 10 years if I get the job I want and making 3 times the money I am making in the US and of course, the lifestyle is great. Best of luck.
Quoting Ken777 (Reply 13): I believe that the Navy is the best Branch to serve in
Very true. We are the only branch that is still currently using tuition assistance.
Smittyone From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 1163 posts, RR: 3 Reply 24, posted (9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
If you'll take some free advice: SHOW UP IN SHAPE! Nothing spectacular, just stuff like running, pushups and situps (and swimming obviously).
I can't tell you how much of a difference it makes to be fit when you get to training. You're going to be so damned tired all the time anyway (hardest thing about any basic training program to be honest) and if you are not struggling to keep up with your day, failing the fitness test or dealing with sports injuries you will be so much better off.
You have a couple of months left so use them wisely.
And don't smoke pot the weekend before you ship out
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25 Revelation: Congrats to Rutley and all of our former and current service people here on A.Net! I appreciate your service, and I hope you do/did enjoy your time in
26 Ken777: Might acquainted with Brasso and how to put a really nice shine on leather shoes. I don't know how things are now days, but getting really good with
27 kingairta: Don't worry about swimming all that much. The only ones who have to worry about how well they can swim are those who go into Spec Ops, Flight, Diving
28 Ken777: That comment made me think about how long ago I went in. It was May 66 so that puts me at 46 years ago that I went to Great lakes. Things have obviou
29 kingairta: In 91 we shot two magazines through a 1911 converted to .22lr. That was the extent of our arms training lol. Once I got to aircrew school we shot abo
30 Ken777: I don't believe that the Navy traditionally trusted sailors with anything smaller than a 5 incher. Except for the combat medics who were issued a 45.
31 kingairta: Oh when I went through we didn't use irons in boot camp. Not enough time in the day to worry about it. The NWUs require no ironing. They come out of t
32 sprout5199: As a Navy Vet, let me say congrats, good choice. So you are going to be a snipe---ewwww. I was a twigit (E.T.). It's going to be hot, smelly, never se
33 Ken777: Amazing the difference time makes. In the mid to late '60s our POOWs didn't carry weapons, including when we were in Hong Kong - when the Red Guard w
34 DeltaMD90: Laugh all you want at your measly .22s, all I "shot" in OCS was one of those M-9s connected to the air pressure system for recoil and shot lasers at
35 kingairta: And it has there is a new one coming out called type III iirc. Different fabric slightly different cut. You would think all the testing they did on t
36 B777LRF: I see the Village People has made an appearance, but nobody has mentioned the golden rivet yet.
37 sprout5199: That's me. But in my defense and all the other "old salts" when on a six month deployment, there is no way to dye them. BTDT. And when dyeing your du
38 kingairta: My experience was with a shore based squadron where there was no excuse By the way I did 20 years and the only ship I stepped foot on was a cruiser i
39 sprout5199: That's where I was stationed, 87-91. Dan in Jupiter
40 DocLightning: Oh no. Is that one of those "left-handed monkey wrench" gags?
41 sprout5199: Yep, and if the XO is in a good mood, he sends the boot to CHENG to get it and CHENG sends him to.....AHH the fun we had(of course I never got fooled
42 KBOS: Congrats Rutley21! If you do your 4 week engineering course in Newport RI, stop up at the N6 (IT) office and say Hello! (I'm the guy who looks like St
43 kingairta: I guess in the new age of no hazing sending a boot to get a bosun punch is out.
44 Ken777: My hope is that budget sequestration will close that office down and we can go back to traditional uniforms. Isn't that cute. How many millions did i
45 starbuk7: The new 'Navy Times' has an article from the new MCPON that does away with all hazing, from 'WOG' day to chief initiation. Wonder if that includes the
46 kingairta: That will never happen. It would cost more to revert then to keep. Dungarees were horrible uniforms. Tradition or not. Keep the tradition in the dres
47 sprout5199: You're kidding me. He must have been a wus and gotten picked on when he was a non-rate. And people wonder why his country is going to hell in a hand
48 starbuk7: In the article he talks about going through chief initiation and having to eat things (like balut) and being ridiculed so it does sound like he was a
49 kingairta: That is a classic example of taking things too far. I would really like to know when "tacking on a crow" went from literally sewing on a crow of a sh
50 Ken777: What about pollywogs? Are they forever denied the rights to become Sellbacks? I take great pride in that certificate as I certainly went through a lo
51 kingairta: That has been watered down big time long before this new MCPON. To the point it no longer resembles anything like it did just 20 years ago. Tailhook
52 starbuk7: Yep, that makes me even more proud of my 1982 Shellback certificate from the U.S.S Midway. Got to do two polywog initiations on the Midway after that
53 Ken777: No Tunnel of Love? No Kissing The Baby's Belly? No fire hoses - either cut up in 3 foot sections or in whole with water "flowing through" them? How s
54 j.mo: Good luck Rutley! Golden Shellback here. Crossed in 1994 from Australia to Hawaii. I was an OS on the USS Arkansas. Loved it! JM
55 sprout5199: I sadly will be a lowly WOG for life as the one chance we had was in 1987 in the Indian ocean, however we had to get our asses into the Persian Gulf
56 kingairta: I'm sorry but I'll have to disagree with you there. I have had the pleasure of serving over the time period of two different views on this. The camar
57 DeltaMD90: Well I'm all for tradition, but some people really do take it too far. The COs should keep better control and make sure things don't get out of hand,
58 kingairta: Unfortunately that is what directly lead to the situation we have today.
59 Ken777: I have ben stunned at the number of CO firings over the past couple of years. It started in a public way when the first woman to command a warship wa
60 kingairta: I think those in the past had a lot more leaway. Rumors didn't spread as fast and as a result things were swept under the rug a whole lot more.