Enlisting In the Navy

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Enlisting In the Navy

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Coming into the school year, I had so many different options on what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go after high school. This different ideas and thoughts all jumbled together really had me stressing. Questions like “Which college should I attend” “What major should I pursue.” These thoughts, along with others, really had me worried about my future. I wasn’t quite sure if the careers I had in mind were going to be something I honestly wanted to do for the rest of my life. Along with that I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the rest of my scarce younger days studying my life away.

I have never really thought about being in the military until this year. That just wasn’t something I had wanted to pursue it “wasn’t for me.” I blamed it on the fact I had already found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, but it was honestly more of the fact I knew nothing about the different branches of our military. Heck, if I would have chose to go into any branch, it would have been the Air Force, or would it have been?

This past year has been a roller coaster of emotions from the fear of applying to colleges to opening acceptance letters. I’m sure every senior can agree there is nothing more terrifying than getting an envelope in the mail from the school you are dying to go to. The first time I even considered enlisting in the military was when Staff Sergeant Miller spoke to one of my classes about the NROTC Scholarship. I decided to look further into that and apply for it but ended up not being granted the scholarship. I decided that the Marines wasn’t the branch that I wanted to enlist into so I continued talking with other recruiters. I spoke with the Navy, and Army, and Air Force recruiters. After talking with each recruiter, I still wasn’t sure I wanted to enlist. So I talked to people I knew in each branch, and I set out to research the different opportunities in each branch. Ultimately, I ended up deciding to join the United States Navy.

Enlisting in any branch of government is a very time consuming process full of signatures and a lot of reading! The first big step that is taken in the navy is your ASVAB. This can either be done at school when it is scheduled or at the Military Entrance and Processing Command or, M.E.P.S. in Indianapolis. The signing into the military part is probably the most time consuming and almost annoying part of enlisting. During the signing recruites head down around noon on one day and stay in a hotel. The first night gives you time to conversate and get to know other enlistees, and even some people shipping out. The next thing you do is get up at four in the morning to head over to the M.E.P.S. building. At this building you will be briefed on different things, told not to lie on your records, given different types of medical screenings, given your rate, or Military Occupational Specialty or M.O.S. for short. Along with these things there are other minor details that you’d have to go through, but for the most part that is all.

As a future sailor I have a few different responsibilities that I have to take care of on a weekly basis. A few of these are to check in with my stations leading Petty Officer, attend our Dep. meetings every two weeks, and maintain good behavior and stay on track to graduate. So, if you’re not too sure what you want to do after high school and don’t have a set plan, then maybe you could check out the different branches of the military. There is no harm in simply talking to a recruiter to get information.

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