rutley21 From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 179 posts, RR: 31 Posted (11 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3085 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, 11808 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2995 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, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2928 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, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2875 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, 8015 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2863 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, 1622 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (11 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2784 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, 4329 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2652 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, 1231 posts, RR: 3
Reply 24, posted (11 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2589 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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