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What you need to know about the Navy's sweeping changes: New titles For the first time in the Navy's history — every sailor's title will be the same. For E-3 and below sailors, the only title will be "seaman. So we kept it and the secretary agreed. These designations will be converted to codes.
Now sailors' jobs will be identified by a four-character combination, known as a Navy Occupational Specialty. They'll now be B, B and B, respectively. The service has translated every previous rating and special skill into over , four digit alpha-numeric NOS codes.
Navy Enlisted Classifications will still fall under an NOS as they did with a rating, to denote skills not common across the rating. As seen above, warfare qualifications will continue to be abbreviated in sailor titles.
Much about the overhaul remains to be determined. Replace with something new. Sailors can say farewell to their ratings badges.
Sailors will soon be able to qualify for more skills and even advance in multiple NOS quotas. To get there, the Navy is reviewing how to redraw the community lines that distinguish skills by specialty. If we do that right, we'll be able to pinpoint additional training or experience that a sailor needs to move into a different, but related NOS. These have been grouped into broad categories like aviation, surface engineering and nuclear power. These would become broader career fields that group sailors by skill type.
As the Navy designs and fields newer ships, Burke said more commonality between systems will make these kinds of leaps more possible. Burke says they'll achieve that through modular training via the new Ready Relevant Learning system that is coming online this year for every career field in the Navy, providing constant training throughout a sailor's career. It can be used to qualify sailors as they advance in a given skill set — or to give them new skills to cross them into a related field.
But acquiring the new NOS won't require you to go back through another "A" school, he said. What will happen is the Navy will simply look at your existing skills and design a custom program to fill in the gaps. The new system allows sailors to hold onto your old skills, and learn new ones that allow you to move between different billets. For now, the advancement system will be organized by NOS. But how it works may be radically changing in coming years. It could mean instant promotions and the end of the test.
The Navy currently advances to vacancies in given career fields Navy-wide twice a year, where sailors are ranked by rating based on their performance, occupational knowledge and more. The biggest way to gauge their knowledge is via the semiannual petty officer test. The new system will rank them by NOS. As the Navy improves it's information systems, the twice a year system could get dumped. Instead, advancements will happen year-round, anytime vacancies occur.
As part of this, MCPON Stevens had advocated for dumping the advancement test and going to a new, points-based system similar to those used by the Army and Marine Corps.
The Navy has sharply increased physical fitness training and has introduced "Battle Stations. Battle Stations is the culminating event for Navy boot camp. It starts at 10 p. During this time, recruits must overcome 12 highly realistic crisis simulations such as one based on the sinking of the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hundreds of sailors were trapped below deck when the ship capsized and sank.
Rescuers had to go in through the upended engine shafts to save survivors. For tips on how to prepare yourself physically and mentally for boot camp, see military fitness guru Stew Smith's articles. There are a number of ways you can become an officer in the Navy.
In almost all cases you will need a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The three most popular ways are through:.
Visit our service academy page for more info. Two-year and four-year subsidized scholarships are offered. Participants receive a monthly cash allowance. These are referred to as college programs and provide for monthly cash allowances during the junior and senior years.
Qualified graduates of regionally accredited colleges receive 12 weeks of basic naval science and indoctrination at Pensacola, FL. Successful candidates are commissioned as ensigns in the Navy Reserve and serve on active duty as unrestricted line, restricted line or staff corps officers. The Navy has special programs for health care, theological and law professionals. You might be able to join the Navy at a higher rank and pay.
If you're studying in one of these professions, the Navy might be able to provide you with educational assistance. Request more information online. There are many opportunities in the Navy Reserve for enlisted personnel and officers. The Navy Reserve is interested in veterans, professionals and those with special skills and training.
If eligible, you may qualify for advanced rank or pay. For more information on Navy Reserve programs, see the Navy Reserve section. You can also request more information on Navy Reserve opportunities. What if I have a problem getting time off from my employer to fulfill my military service obligations?
By law, as a member of the Reserve, you must, upon request, be granted a leave of absence to satisfy a requirement for military training. The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act requires employers to provide Reservists with time away from their jobs to perform military duty.
However, you must notify your employer that you intend to take military leave. You must be reemployed after completion of your military duty and return to your job within a reasonable time. You must be treated as though you had never left employment, including scheduled pay raises, promotions or credit for longevity or vacation. Your employer only has to hold a job open for 60 months if you accept voluntary orders. For additional information, see the Navy Reserve Home Page.
The Navy's air capability is primarily forward deployed aboard aircraft carriers. Being a naval aviator is a dangerous job. Besides being the first to deploy during international conflicts, landing aboard a carrier is said to be one of the most difficult skills to master. Naval aviators fly jet fighters, helicopters and other support aircraft. Flight training commences at Milton, Fla. Upon completion of primary flight training, students receive orders for one of four aviation fields: After successful completion of advanced flight training, student pilots receive their wings and are designated as naval aviators.
Active duty obligation is seven years for prop or helo and eight years for jets from date of designation. Total time in training varies depending on what aircraft training pipeline a person is in.
Flight officer training Naval Flight Officer training is available to qualified commissioned officers. After the completion of basic NFO Ground School, officers have the opportunity to specialize and receive advanced training in one of the following categories: NFO wings are received upon completion of Advanced Training. Active duty obligation is six years from date of designation as a naval flight officer. Kennedy to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare. Arguably, they are regarded as the preeminent defensive force in the world, SEALs operate some of the most sophisticated equipment available, from high speed gunner boats to laser-guided weapons.
SEAL missions are strictly classified and require the highest degree of precision. That's why SEAL training is some of the toughest in the world. SEALs receive training in:. Navy recruiters must present an accurate picture of its training. You should be aware of all aspects of the naval lifestyle.
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We cover the common questions that someone interested in joining the Navy may ask in this list. What are the qualifications to join the Navy? What are some benefits of joining? How long will I be at sea? Does the Navy take people with prior service? What about if I am not a U. Can the Navy help me obtain U.
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Where does the word navy come from and what does it mean? Navy: Middle English navie, from Anglo-French, from Latin navigia ships, from navigare. Date 14th century. Typically you must be a high school graduate, have earned a GED or have met other high school equivalency requirements to enlist as a Sailor in the Navy. To become an Officer, you must have received a four-year BS or BA degree from an accredited university and have strong grades. Mission To recruit, train, equip, and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.
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