Navy Enlistment, Military Pay, and Benefits
Before making a decision about joining the United States Navy, there are some basic things you should know. People from all walks of life enter the armed forces and do very well. There is not a single "type" of individual who excels over another.
Like any other job, you get up and you go to work, and you're accountable for your actions; you are expected to follow the laws of our country and the laws of the countries you will visit. You will have numerous opportunities for travel, and will be expected to represent yourself, the Navy, and your country with pride and decorum.
With the current state of our nation's economy and its resulting budget shortfalls, combined with the drawing down of our forces, it has never been more challenging to find an opening to join the service. Each service has been much more selective as to whom they allow to fill the limited slots available for the Navy ratings, jobs, that are available.
To qualify, there are a few hurdles one must clear. First, the basic requirements for joining the Navy; does the applicant meet all of the minimum standards such as the age, education, height and weight, and the "right" score on the ASVAB test to join?
Does the applicant meet the physical requirements? An applicant's medical history will be reviewed prior to and during an extensive physical that will be completed at the local Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).
Does the applicant meet the moral standard? The entire police, court, and illicit drug use history will be reviewed to ensure that any underlying issues with one's moral character are not likely to become disciplinary cases or security risks or who disrupt good order, morale, and discipline.
In the Navy blog, many topics relating to the military and Navy Recruiting are covered. In-depth articles about Navy medical waivers, the education policies, and much more can be found among its pages. Each article is maintained and kept up-to-date when policies change; instead of creating a new post, the old articles are updated to ensure the data is current because it is not advantageous to have numerous pages full of outdated information available on the Web. The blog provides my contact information for questions, or you can just leave a comment on a post, and I will get back to you with a thoroughly researched answer.
Beyond the patriotic reasons for serving in our nation's armed forces, most people will consider the benefits of service. And, before taking the steps required for enlistment or commission, it is a good idea to familiarize one's self with the military pay and allowances, and other compensation through benefits such as the VA mortgage loan guaranty, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, etc.
The Navy has cash bonuses available for enlisting into select programs/ratings (the ratings that carry bonuses are normally those that are otherwise difficult to fill), and even has reenlistment bonuses available for select programs and ratings. Those bonuses and other incentives frequently change, and Navy Cyberspace is updated when that occurs.
Not only are the benefits and recruiting requirements kept up to date, but you can keep up with the budget process and how it will affect the 2015 military pay scale charts, and compare any raise with the current 2014 military pay chart (base pay) for service in on active duty and in the Reserve and Guard. Also, the Site has the most accurate, detailed resource on the Internet of past pay charts and details of the military pay raise history, yes, even more inclusive than what DFAS offers. The 1986 chart is included (even though pay was frozen that year, the 1986 raise was still applied to out years). Each basic pay chart includes the reference to the legislation used and the specifics for each pay raise.
Once you have completed the process of enlistment, and have become a Future Sailor in the Navy Delayed Entry Program, you will learn how to prepare physically for recruit training, learn the General Orders, Navy Ethos, Sailor's Creed, and even learn what you're authorized to bring to Navy boot camp.
Incidentally, if you are not within weight standards, you may want to see how this Future Sailor, now serving on active duty, lost over 65 pounds of weight to qualify; his story is inspiring!
For members of the Active and Reserve forces, Navy CyberSpace offers a number of quick reference pages that include, but are in no way limited to, a directory of widely used Navy publications and instructions, and the addresses, Unit Identification Codes (UIC), and Web links to the 26 Navy Recruiting Districts -- those will assist you in any communication you wish to have with a recruiting station's chain of command. Not to mention a useful military time conversion chart which you can use to see the required offset in relation to where you are on the planet.
Currently a work in progress, I am adding for the first time, Navy Officer Program information. The data goes into the details of each program's requirements that are above and beyond that of a normal appointment.
Navy CyberSpace has now started its reach beyond the shores of the United States! Introducing a section dedicated to the United Kingdom. The section is currently offering the some insight into the basic military benefits and the UK military wage charts.
I am proud to say a majority of the pictures in our Navy photograph section were taken by actual Navy Photographers - Navy Ships, Aircraft, Weapons and Ports of Call. See photographs of Navy Cruisers, Navy Destroyers, Minesweepers and numerous military aircraft. I haven't forgot the big boys either, from the USS Forrestal, the first "Super Carrier" to the state of the art USS Ronald Reagan see these floating cities at sea or pulling into their favorite port of call.
Free military clip art is also available for your use and enjoyment in the gallery. If you have items you would like to share, please e-mail me the item with a complete description at owner[at]navycs.com.
I hope you find the contents useful -- Thank you for visiting!