Today’s Navy handles operations on and under the sea, in the air and on the ground. It spans 100 international ports and the open ocean. Elite groups within the Navy, such as the SEALs and Navy Divers, receive specialized training for advanced warfare situations. A Navy Sailor generally serves a term of four years aboard one of the Navy’s 275 deployable ships, though options for shorter time commitments exist.
Before Serving in the Navy
To join the Navy, you must be between 18 and 34 years old (or 17 with parental consent). A high school diploma is preferred, but a high school equivalent such as the GED may also be accepted. All Navy recruits must take the ASVAB test to determine placement within the Service. Interested college students are encouraged to investigate the Navy ROTC program.
Navy training begins with seven to nine weeks of Boot Camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Illinois. Rigorous physical and classroom exercises transform civilians into Sailors and prepare them for their first tour of duty.