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LIFE AS A SAILOR

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Discover what it’s like to actually live and work in America’s Navy, from real Sailors who serve every day. Here we provide insights into where you'll live, what you'll wear, how you'll spend your free time and what it takes to stay physically fit according to Navy standards.

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  • Free Time

Whether on base or at sea, America’s Navy takes pride in providing outstanding living quarters for its Sailors.

LIVING QUARTERS ON BASE

While on base, you’ll have three living options:

  • Barracks
  • Apartment
  • House

Whether living in a barracks (buildings similar to college dorms), an apartment or a house, you’ll have many of the same amenities as civilians, such as full kitchens, recreational areas, laundry facilities and gyms.

Navy housing can also accommodate families. Navy living quarters typically come unfurnished with the exception of a stove and refrigerator. Most utilities are already paid. Navy housing on base often includes three or four bedrooms, boasting amenities such as garages, porches and spacious yards.

LIVING QUARTERS AT SEA

Whether on a ship or submarine, Sailors are provided with sufficient living spaces. The berthing area allows you an area for storage and an assigned rack for sleeping. The cooks in the kitchen (galleys) constantly prepare food for the servicemembers onboard.

Mess decks provide a place for recreation and meals. Crew lounges serve as a place for Sailors to kick back and watch TV or play games. Many vessels have ATMs, internet connectivity, and postal services so those aboard the ship can keep in contact with friends and family back home.

The Navy enforces several personal care policies, including how you can dress when off duty and what kind of body art and piercings you can show. There are also basic guidelines for grooming, facial hair and haircuts.

MEN'S GROOMING

Q: What kind of haircut can I have? Do I have to wear a buzz cut?

A: While buzz cuts are not necessary, males are obligated to keep their hair neat, clean and well-groomed. The bulk of your hair cannot exceed approximately two inches.

Q: Can I have my hair colored?

A: Yes, you can color your hair, but it must look natural and complementary.

Q: Can I wear sideburns?

A: Yes, sideburns are allowed as long as they are neatly trimmed and tailored in the same manner as your haircut.

Q: Am I allowed to have facial hair, such as a beard or mustache?

A: Your face must be clean-shaven, unless a shaving waiver is authorized by your Commanding Officer for medical reasons. Beards and goatees are not permitted, though mustaches are authorized as long as they are kept neat and closely trimmed.

Q: Can I wear a wig or hairpiece?

A: You can wear a wig or hairpiece, while in uniform or duty status for cosmetic reasons only (i.e., to cover natural baldness or physical disfigurement).

WOMEN'S GROOMING

Q: Do I have to get a haircut at Boot Camp or Officer Training?

A: Women reporting to Recruit Training Command (RTC) or Officer Training Command (OTC) are no longer required to cut their hair, as long as they comply with the Navy grooming regulations. Once at RTC or OTC, you will be taught how to maintain your preferred hairstyle in a manner that meets grooming standards for daily wear in the Navy. Women who have specific questions about grooming and hair styles should consult their recruiter.

Q: What kind of haircut can I have? Can I wear my hair in a ponytail or have braids?

A: You will be obligated to keep your hair neat, clean and well-groomed. Your haircut and style should present a balanced appearance. Ponytails and braids are allowed as long as the ends do not fall more than 3 inches below the edge of your uniform collar. Locks are allowed as long as they fall above your collar. Wearing your hair down is only permitted when in Dinner Dress Uniform. Pigtails and braids that are widely spaced or protrude from the head are not permitted.

Q: Can I have my hair colored?

A: Yes, you can color your hair, but it must look natural and complementary.

Q: Can I have beads or other materials in my hair? What about clips and bobby pins?

A: You are not permitted to have beads or any other decorative items braided in your hair. You can wear a maximum of two small barrettes, combs and/or clips as long as they are similar to your hair color. Additional matching bobby pins or rubber bands may also be used to hold your hair in place, if necessary. Fabric elastic bands are not authorized.

Q: Can I wear a wig or hairpiece?

A: You can wear a wig or hairpiece, while in uniform or duty status for cosmetic reasons only (i.e., to cover natural baldness or physical disfigurement).

Q: Can I wear makeup or other cosmetics?

A: Cosmetics may be applied in good taste so that colors blend with your natural skin tone and enhance your natural features. You may wear lipstick and nail polish as long as the colors are complimentary and conservatively worn. You are not permitted to wear long false eyelashes while in uniform.

BODY ART & ORNAMENTATION

Q: Can I have a tattoo or any other body art?

A: Yes. The Navy has the most accepting tattoo policy of any military branch. In fact, Sailors have a long history of getting tattoos to symbolize milestones within their Navy careers. See Requirements to Join for full details.

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Q: Can I have any body piercings?

A: Body piercings, brandings and intentional scarring considered excessive or eccentric are prohibited. Some examples are:

  • A split or forked tongue
  • Foreign objects inserted under the skin to create a design or pattern
  • Enlarged or stretched out holes in the ears (other than a normal piercing)
  • Intentional scarring that appears on the neck, face or scalp

Q: Can I have any dental ornamentation (i.e., caps, veneers, etc.)?

A: You are prohibited from any use of gold, platinum or other veneers or caps for purposes of ornamentation. Your teeth, whether natural, capped or veneer, cannot be ornamented with designs, jewels, initials, etc.

OFF-DUTY DRESS

Q: What kind of clothing can I wear when off-duty?

A: Your clothing must be in good taste, clean, in good repair and pressed. You must ensure your appearance is appropriate for the occasion. Profanity, pornography or references to drug usage on clothing is not allowed. Clothing cannot be sexually provocative or suggestive, depict racial comments or vulgarities, or display offensive language. Undergarments may not be exposed at any time. Tank top shirts, white or tie-dyed undershirts, cut-off shorts, and shower sandals are appropriate attire only for occasions such as picnics, athletic events and other daytime events of an extremely casual nature.

Q: When and where can I wear civilian clothing?

A: You can wear civilian clothing anytime you are off-duty ashore. This includes evenings, weekends, when on leave or liberty, or even when leaving or returning to ships or stations.

Q: Can I wear any pieces of my uniform when off-duty?

A: You may wear only articles of the military uniform that do not present a unique marking or a distinct Naval appearance, such as certain jackets, shoes, socks, gloves, and underwear, with civilian attire.

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Enlisted Sailors and Officers are hardworking and dedicated individuals, but that doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play. America’s Navy offers several travel and recreational opportunities, as well as generous vacation time. In the Navy, you’ll have the chance to travel, even when not embarked on a ship.

With 30 paid vacation days each year, you can use this time to relax, visit your family or venture to new places. Downtime here isn’t much different than in the civilian sector.

RECREATIONAL SPORTS & FITNESS

The Navy offers on-base sports at all skill levels for men's, women's and co-ed competitions. Many tournaments and leagues are offered on a year-round basis for anything from softball to flag football, basketball to volleyball, soccer to tennis, racquetball to running, and much more.

The Navy stresses the importance of fitness every day to its members. No matter where you serve, you will find some of the best fitness and workout centers in the world. These facilities and programs promote personal, physical and mental excellence, as well as meet leisure needs and help develop positive lifestyle habits. You may also participate in strength and weight training, cardiovascular conditioning, aerobic and martial arts classes, spinning and yoga.

ENTERTAINMENT

Whether it’s a live concert, a comedy show or the latest Hollywood blockbuster, America’s Navy has plenty to keep you entertained while at sea or ashore.

The Navy’s Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT) Program offers information and discount tickets for a wide variety of national, regional and local attractions. This can include passes to an assortment of things like:

  • Movie theaters
  • Theme parks
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Sporting events
  • Theater arts and concerts

The ITT office also arranges sightseeing trips and tours within local communities. The Navy also has its own Motion Picture Service, providing movies to hundreds of locations worldwide. More than 150,000 copies of movies are distributed annually, with an inventory of 500,000 videos to choose from.

FAMILY BENEFITS

The importance of family takes center stage in America’s Navy. From child development and youth programs, to discounted travel and tickets, to theme parks and camping areas, the Navy is always working hard to ensure your family has every opportunity it would have in the civilian sector.

Youth Recreation Program

The Navy offers a year-round recreation and sports program, designed to foster social interaction among peers, physical fitness, an interest in the community and the development of positive lifelong recreational skills. The Youth Recreation Program offers many activities and events, including:

  • Talent shows
  • Dances
  • Arts and crafts
  • Fitness classes
  • Internet kiosks
  • Various individual and team sports activities

Other youth programs may also be offered on base: Naval Sea Cadets and Navy League Cadets, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts.

Child Development Program

The Navy provides affordable, accessible and quality child care for preschool-age children in Child Development Centers and Child Development Homes (homes of selected military family members). Full-time, part-time and hourly/drop-in care is available. The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs is the accrediting agency for Navy Child Development Centers.

School Care Program

This program provides before and after-school care on base for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

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Fitness is a big priority in America's Navy. It has many dimensions, ranging from getting in and staying in shape, to meeting job-specific training standards, to being actively involved in sports and athletics.

Consider how dramatically Boot Camp can physically transform your body, or how much physical preparation goes into making Navy SEALs so incredibly capable. Whether you're training to become a SEAL or you're just trying to stay active in your free time, the Navy provides a variety of healthy living options to its Sailors.

PHYSICAL TRAINING

NAVY PHYSICAL FITNESS ASSESSMENT (NAVY PFA)

An official evaluation of physical health, ability and endurance, known as the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), is conducted twice a year throughout each servicemember’s Navy career. This process begins in Recruit Training (Boot Camp) or Officer Training, and you need to meet established fitness requirements in order to be part of the Navy.

Specifically, the PFA consists of a standard medical screening, a Body Composition Assessment (BCA) and the Physical Readiness Test (PRT). Download the Physical Fitness Assessment Checklist to learn more about the process.

STANDARD MEDICAL SCREENING

Servicemembers must first receive appropriate medical clearance prior to BCA and PRT testing. This clearance involves successfully completing the Annual Periodic Health Assessment (PHA), a Physical Assessment Risk Factor Questionnaire (PARFQ) and pre-physical activity questions prior to taking on the actual Physical Readiness Test.

Waivers are available under certain conditions. A Navy Recruiter can provide details. Download the Medical Clearance/Waiver Guide for more information.

BODY COMPOSITION ASSESSMENT (BCA)

Body composition is determined by height and weight measurements. These are evaluated according to established Navy standards, and in some cases, circumference measurements are also required.

Standards and requirements for BCA vary by gender, age, height and weight (waivers are available under certain conditions). A Navy Recruiter can provide details or you can download the Body Composition Assessment (BCA) Guide for more information.

NAVY PHYSICAL READINESS TEST (PRT)

The Physical Readiness Test (PRT) is a standard Navy fitness test consisting of push-ups, a forearm plank and a 1.5-mile run. Participants have two minutes to complete as many push-ups as possible. The forearm plank and 1.5-mile run are also timed.

Outside of Recruit Training (Boot Camp), general Navy PRT requirements allow for a choice of the timed 1.5-mile run, a timed 500-yard swim, or one of the following events:

  • Riding a stationary bike for 12 minutes
  • Performing cardio on an elliptical machine for 12 minutes
  • Performing a timed 2000-meter row on a rowing machine

Performance standards and requirements for PRT vary by gender and age. A Navy Recruiter can provide details or you can download the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) Guide for more information.

NAVY PHYSICAL SCREENING TEST (PST)

While fitness is important for all Navy Sailors, it is imperative for those who make up communities such as Special Warfare/Special Operations, which includes SEAL, Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC), Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician, Navy Diver and Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) professionals. The qualification standards and training programs for these specialties, referred to as Navy Challenge Programs, are far more demanding.

LOOKING FOR MILITARY FITNESS TRAINING GUIDELINES OR MILITARY FITNESS WORKOUTS?

Check out the Naval Special Warfare Physical Training Guide for workouts, tips and videos that can help you get into tip-top physical shape. Find specific programs that cover everything from running, swimming and weight lifting, to calisthenics and core and flexibility training. Plus, be sure to look into the information on nutrition and injury prevention that is provided in the training section.

MILITARY PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAMS IN THE NAVY

Consistent training, flexible workouts and good nutrition are key to any fitness program, especially in the Navy.

COMMAND PHYSICAL TRAINING (PT) PROGRAM

Often referred to as PT, Navy physical training provides a foundation for all Navy servicemembers. It’s a program that involves integrating exercise into the workweek. Here’s an example of the type of physical activity associated with PT:

  • 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio training five days a week (for a total of 150 minutes)
  • Or 25 minutes of high-intensity cardio training three days a week (for a total of 75 minutes)
  • Strength training exercises at least twice per week to work all major muscle groups

Download the Navy Command Fitness and Fitness Enhancement Program (FEP) Guide to learn more about Navy physical training.

FACILITIES AND WORKOUTS

In the Navy, exercise-related activities can happen anywhere, from a state-of-the-art gym, to an open field, to the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Workouts can encompass everything from muscular fitness training, to agility fitness training, weight lifting and cardiovascular conditioning. Facilities and resources are always accessible, whether you’re on base or on deployment.

NUTRITION

Following proper nutritional guidelines is integral to any physical fitness regimen. Whether looking to improve performance, body composition or general well-being, the Navy is committed to helping servicemembers reach your goals. Download the Navy Nutrition Resource Guide for useful tools, tips and advice.

Maintaining optimal fitness is as much a part of “mission readiness” as it is a part of each Sailor’s overall quality of life. The overall Navy Physical Readiness Program ensures that this philosophy is a focus.

NAVY SPORTS

America's Navy offers a variety of sports opportunities, including:

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Hockey
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Golf

Navy physical training also consists of on-base sports at all skill levels for men's, women's and co-ed competitions. Many tournaments and leagues are offered on a year-round basis for anything from softball to flag football, basketball to volleyball, soccer to tennis, racquetball to running, and much more.

To learn more, go to All-Navy Sports where you'll find Navy Sports calendars, answers to frequently asked questions and information on how to apply to participate.

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COLLEGIATE ATHLETICS

Interested in Navy Athletics at the collegiate level? Look into the United States Naval Academy (USNA), and get details on USNA Athletics.

FAQs

What is life in the Navy like? ›

Navy life offers unrivalled opportunity to explore the world while you grow your career. You'll have a great work/life balance and get to work with your mates every day. Be paid to travel the world and experience exciting new cultures. The friends you'll make in the Navy will be with you for life.

What does the Navy do on a daily basis? ›

The Navy maintains, trains and equips combat-ready naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining the freedom of the seas. U.S. Navy personnel expertly operate virtually every type of military equipment in the country's arsenal, everything from Humvees to aircraft carriers.

What do sailors do in the Navy? ›

Sailors, or deckhands, operate and maintain the vessel and deck equipment. They make up the deck crew and keep all parts of a ship, other than areas related to the engine and motor, in good working order. New deckhands are called ordinary seamen and do the least complicated tasks.

What are 3 facts about Navy? ›

13 Amazing Facts About The U.S. Navy
  • Navy SEALs have trained their brains to process fear differently. ...
  • All submariners are volunteers. ...
  • There are a lot of brave men and women fighting for the U.S. ...
  • The largest flying boat in existence was built for the Navy. ...
  • There are 140 NCIS locations scattered around the world.

What is a female sailor called? ›

1 Answer. If you are talking about females on yachts or small craft, then sailor. He is a sailor, she is a sailor. In merchant ships the generic term Seafarer is used in a general sense.

What did sailors do all day? ›

The sailor's tasks included manning the tiller or wheel for steering the boat and keeping it on course; dropping the sounding line to determine the water depth, especially as they neared land; handling the rigging (sails and ropes) of the ship, and general maintenance of the ship.

How many hours a day does a Navy sailor work? ›

This is based on three-section watch rotation (56 hours) and work (14 hours). While not all sailors stand watch, and there are other factors, the calculation applies to the vast majority of sailors and assumes equivalent workload demands for all crew members at sea. 2. Sleep = 56 hrs.

Is Navy basic hard? ›

U.S. Navy basic training is an intense, eight-week program where recruits endure physical training and must develop emotional endurance. Also, recruits attend classes where they engage with relevant coursework and also receive practical training that allows hands-on experience and prepares them for real-life scenarios.

How long is Navy sailor training? ›

- Recruit Training Command (RTC), the Navy's enlisted boot camp, has extended the duration of its basic military training (BMT) program from eight to 10 weeks.

What did sailors do for fun? ›

What did seamen do off duty? Traditionally hard-drinking and tough, seamen made the best of their cramped living quarters, enjoying games of dice and cards, telling tales, playing musical instruments, carving, drawing, practising knots or model making.

How long are Navy sailors at sea? ›

DEPLOYMENT. A Sailor is typically assigned to a ship for a three-year period, followed by a three-year period of shore duty. However, you will not be at sea for three years straight, as most ships spend a significant amount of time docked at their home port.

What is Navy full name? ›

In the Military and Defense, the full form of the NAVY is the Nautical Army of Volunteer Yeomen. Explanation – NAVY is an abbreviation/acronym for Nautical Army Volunteers Yeoman. Every year on December 4th, the Navy (Nautical Army of Volunteer Yeoman) Day is commemorated.

What are the 3 types of Navy? ›

Naval operations can be broadly divided between riverine and littoral applications (brown-water navy), open-ocean applications (blue-water navy), and something in between (green-water navy), although these distinctions are more about strategic scope than tactical or operational division.

Why being in the Navy is good? ›

With world-class training, opportunity to pay for college and advanced degrees, access to the best health care in the country, retirement plans, tax incentives, and more perks than you could have imagined, Navy Active Duty benefits are the most competitive out there.

Do females have to cut their hair in the Navy? ›

Navy gals, you will get your hair cut so that it meets the preceding standards at all times. You can let your hair grow back after basic training, as long as you continue to wear it in such a way that you meet the standards while in uniform.

Why do sailors call ships she? ›

Another tradition is to consider ships as female, referring to them as 'she'. Although it may sound strange referring to an inanimate object as 'she', this tradition relates to the idea of a female figure such as a mother or goddess guiding and protecting a ship and crew.

Which Navy job travels the most? ›

Boatswain's mate

As a boatswain's mate, you can expect to spend more than half of your career on sea duty assignments. This means you are often traveling and spending time at sea.

Is Navy harder than Air Force? ›

Some argue that because the Navy requires trainees to swim, that the Navy's boot camp is harder while others argue that since the Air Force's basic training is longer, that it can be considered harder. It's a toss-up. It's really up to the individual to decide what training, Navy vs Air Force, is hardest.

What time do Navy sailors wake up? ›

Getting That Morning Wake-Up Call

You'll get up at 5 a.m. every single day. Waking up in the morning is an adjustment process that's the same for every single basic training class.

What do sailors do at night? ›

At night, seamen sleep in hammocks slung between beams or at least, half of them do. The crew is divided into two “watches” (teams). One watch sails the ship from 8pm to midnight, then sleeps for four hours while the other watch works. Tomorrow, the two watches swap over their duties.

What challenges do sailors face? ›

Challenges of Sea Navigation
  • Wind, War, and Weather. Determining position and maintaining direction under routine conditions depended on knowledge of winds and currents. ...
  • Distances. Deepwater sailing called for different skills than “coasting” with landmarks in sight. ...
  • Charts and Sailing Directions. ...
  • Instrument Accuracy.

Do Navy sailors get days off? ›

US Navy Vacation & Paid Time Off

Sailors and Officers are eligible for up to 30 days of paid vacation, accumulative up to 60 days.

How much sleep do Navy sailors get? ›

“Sailors must be given the opportunity to obtain a minimum of 7.5 hours of sleep per 24-hour day,” with an uninterrupted 7.5-hours or an uninterrupted 6-hour sleep period and uninterrupted 1.5-hour restorative nap, states the instruction, COMNAVSURFPACINST/COMNAVSURFLANTINST 3120.2A.

How many phone calls do you get in Navy boot camp? ›

This call is typically to their next of kin, so if you are dating they may call their parents. Service members who went through Basic Training said the Navy allowed 1-2 phone calls per month.

Can you have your cell phone in Navy basic training? ›

Recruits are not permitted to have electronic devices of any kind — including cell phones — while they are stationed at RTC. Please do not bring/buy them for your recruits use. Q.

How much sleep do you get at basic training Navy? ›

Sleep During Training

During training exercises, service members may sleep fewer than five hours per night. Typically, that five hours is split up into multiple episodes of sleep, usually lasting less than two hours each.

Can you fail Navy basic training? ›

Yes, it is possible to fail basic training. You could go through the trouble of leaving your home, job, family and friends and come back a failure. In fact, this happens to about 15% of recruits who join the military every year. Too many recruits I speak to think that it is impossible to fail basic training.

Do sailors work 7 days a week? ›

Out at sea, long work hours and standing watch was expected. 0700 to 1600 but most commands operate 24 hours a day 5 days a week but when deployed to work 12 hours on and 12 hours off 7 days a week for the most part. 9.5 hours per day with alternate Fridays off.

Which branch has the hardest training? ›

The military branch with the toughest basic training is the Marine Corps. The hardest military branch for non-males because of exclusivity and male dominance is the Marine Corps.

Is Navy Academy hard? ›

The acceptance rate at United States Naval Academy is 8.5%.

For every 100 applicants, only 9 are admitted. This means the school is extremely selective. Meeting their GPA requirements and SAT/ACT requirements is very important to getting past their first round of filters and proving your academic preparation.

What were sailors afraid of? ›

Sailors and pirates tended to be very superstitious - that is, they had a fear of the unknown and used it to explain misfortune (bad things that happened). Living and working on a ship in the middle of the seven seas was a very dangerous job.

Why do sailors get drunk? ›

In the days of sailing ships, sailors worked 24/7 to keep the ship moving, with only the occasional break for the occasional bout of high-seas terror. A drink provided much respite, and since they were horrifically underpaid, they were also given booze rations as part of their pay.

Why is a sailors life hard? ›

(Answers will vary) for example: A sailor's life is hard, because they sail through dangerous storms.

How far must you stay away from a Navy ship? ›

Your role in keeping our waterways safe and secure… slow to minimum speed within 500-yards of any U.S. naval vessel. Violators face 6 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, not to mention a quick and severe response.

How tall do you have to be to be a Navy sea? ›

Height: 5 ft. 10 in.

How far is the Navy swim test? ›

Navy SWCC fitness test

The minimum requirements are: 500-yard swim: The maximum time allowed is 13 minutes. Push-ups: You must complete at least 50 push-ups in two minutes. Sit-ups: You must complete at least 50 sit-ups in two minutes.

What is a Navy guy called? ›

Members of the Navy are sailors.

What do Navy sailors call each other? ›

In the United States Navy, "shipmate" is a term used by anyone in the Navy to reference anyone else in the Navy. It can be used with a range of connotations—most often as an expression of camaraderie, but also as a respectful way to address other crew members whose rank or naval rating is not clear.

What do Navy sailors say? ›

On seven seas we learn Navy's stern call: Faith, Courage, Service true, with Honor, Over Honor, Over All. There is no official motto for the U.S. Navy. "Non sibi sed patriae" (Not self but country) is often cited as the Navy's motto, however.

What is the most common job in the Navy? ›

The top three occupations in the U. S. Navy Industry Group are Military, rank not specified, Military enlisted tactical operations & air/weapons specialists & crew members, Firstline enlisted military supervisors, Military officer special & tactical operations leaders, and Aircraft mechanics & service technicians.

What is the lowest Navy rank? ›

Seaman Recruit (E-1)

Seaman recruit (SR) is the lowest enlisted rank in the Navy, just below seaman apprentice.

What is the lowest position on a ship? ›

Ordinary seaman

The lowest ranking personnel in the deck department. An ordinary seaman (OS) generally helps out with work that able seamen do.

Is Navy easier than Army? ›

The maximum you can score on these tests is 99, but there are distinct minimum score thresholds for each military branch. The Army requires at least 31, the Navy 35, the Marine Corps 35, and the Air Force 31. Hence, by this token, the easiest branch of the military to get into is the Army or Air Force.

What are 4 benefits of joining the Navy? ›

Work/Job benefits:
  • 30 days annual paid vacation (Military Leave: what it is and how it works)
  • A guaranteed paycheck and Cash Bonuses.
  • Options for full-or part-time service.
  • Low Cost Life Insurance (Service Member's Group Life Insurance)
  • Health and Dental Care through Tricare.

Is being in the Navy a good career? ›

Pro: Financial Job Security. If you're looking for a career that provides stable income, the military is a great option. Pay is determined by a set scale based on rank and time in service. Additional financial incentives, such as skill-based or retention bonuses and hazardous duty pay may also be available.

How long do you stay away from home in the Navy? ›

Specific underway schedules can vary widely. Normally ships will go to sea for 10 days to 2 weeks each month for training operations in preparation for deployment. Extended operations away from home port can last up to 6 to 9 months, and ships typically deploy once every 18-24 months.

Does the Navy get weekends off? ›

No unless on shore duty. Next to no days off while out to sea. Yes, I'd work Friday to Sunday every other weekend.

How long are the hours per day in the Navy? ›

Eight hours a day, under normal circumstances, with one day as a rest day. A maximum of 14 hours in any 24 hour period. A maximum of 72 hours in any seven day period. Provided with a minimum of 10 hours of rest in any 24 hours period.

Is Navy training hard? ›

While it's called Boot Camp, it's really a huge campus that includes both classroom and lots of hands-on training. The training is rigorous and demanding. And once you finish, it's something to be proud of. Here's what to expect throughout the 7- to 9-week schedule.

Do they take your phone away in the Navy? ›

The Navy has their trainees place cell phones into a bag with their clothes and personal belongings, then the whole bag is shipped home to their family. Army recruits keep their phones shut off and in a locker.

Can you have your phone in the Navy? ›

The answer to this question is yes provided use of cell phones while in uniform is in compliance with U.S. Navy Uniforms, Uniform Regulations, Chapter 2, Section 1, Article 2101.3.

Do Navy sailors come home after boot camp? ›

Do Sailors Get Leave After Navy Boot Camp? After Navy boot-camp graduation, sailors will not be given leave and are required to travel to their next training location, A School. There are many locations for Navy A School, and not all sailors will go to the same school.

How much free time do you get in the Navy? ›

In the Navy, you'll have the chance to travel, even when not embarked on a ship. With 30 paid vacation days each year, you can use this time to relax, visit your family or venture to new places. Downtime here isn't much different than in the civilian sector.

Do you get Christmas leave in the Navy? ›

Army “Christmas Exodus”

The Navy and Air Force typically shut down job schools but do not shut down basic training. The 10-day break generally starts a week before Christmas and lasts until a week after Christmas.

How many sick days do you get in the Navy? ›

There is no standard policy of sick leave in the military. If you are too sick to work you go to the doctor and they will assign you "sick in quarters" if necessary.

How much sleep do you get in the Navy? ›

On average, 60% of service members2 sleep fewer than six hours per night. Those who have been previously or are currently deployed sleep even less, at fewer than five hours per night.

What time do they wake up in the Navy? ›

Getting That Morning Wake-Up Call

In military basic training, there's no such thing as sleeping in. You'll get up at 5 a.m. every single day. Waking up in the morning is an adjustment process that's the same for every single basic training class.

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