The ND Rating
The Navy Diver rating was established in 2006; First Class thru Master Chief Petty Officer conversion date was June 1, 2006 and Seaman Recruit thru Second Class Petty Officer conversion followed on October 1, 2006.
Navy Divers perform underwater salvage, repair and maintenance, submarine rescue and support Special Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal while using a variety of diving equipment. They also maintain and repair diving systems. Candidates may also volunteer for Navy Diver during basic training at Recruit Training Center, at "A" school, or at any time during their enlistment prior to their 6th year of naval service. In-service recruiters (Dive Motivators) at RTC give presentations on the Navy Diver program, conduct the physical training screening tests, and assist interested people with their applications.
People who enter the Navy in the nuclear power, advanced electronics or other five or six-year enlistment programs are not eligible for the Navy Diver program. Navy Diver training is physically and mentally demanding, but the individual who accepts the challenges is rewarded with extra pay for diving, plus extraordinary duty assignments.
Navy Diver class "A" school is 15 weeks in duration, and it is located in Panama City, Florida. Before attending the class "A" school, a seven week preparatory school will be completed at Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.
Navy Diver (ND)
Enlistees are taught the fundamentals of diving through formal Navy schooling and on the job training. After "A" school Navy Diver candidates attend Second Class Diver Training at Panama City, Fla. Advanced First Class Diver, Saturation Diver and Master Diver training are available during career progression stages.
Navy Divers perform underwater salvage, recovery, repair, and maintenance on ships and submarines. They search for and recover downed aircraft, conduct harbor clearance operations, and provide assistance to military, federal, state, and local civilian law enforcement agencies in diving operations and procedures. NDs maintain and repair diving equipment and systems, and research and develop new diving techniques and procedures, and conduct submarine rescue operations.
Navy Divers perform and supervise recompression chamber operations, hyperbaric treatment for diving and non-diving illnesses, open and closed-circuit Underwater Breathing Apparatus (UBA) diving, surface-supplied air and mixed-gas diving operations, demolition operations, and small arms proficiency.
Career Sea - Shore Rotation Chart
Sea tours and shore tours for Sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 ashore until retirement.
Qualifications, Interests, and Working Environment
Personnel who volunteer for Navy Diver must be in excellent physical condition. Comfort in the water beyond good swimming ability and no aversion to confinement in close spaces is a must. The ability to perform detailed mechanical tasks under stress and/or adverse conditions is important. Helpful attributes are a good memory, resourcefulness, and administrative capabilities.
Navy Diver candidates must be U.S. citizens eligible for security clearance, and must be 30 years of age or less at time of accession. Adversely adjudicated drug abuse offenses will not receive waiver consideration with the potential exception of a single misdemeanor charge involving marijuana (only on a case-by-case basis). Uncorrected vision can be no worse than 20/200 in each eye. Both eyes must correct to 20/25. Lack of adequate color vision is disqualifying. No color deficiency waivers are authorized.
The motto of the Navy Diver community is "We dive the world over". Because divers may be assigned in any part of the world, their environment will vary as widely as water conditions; cold, muddy water where underwater tasks can be completed by feel only, or warm, tropical waters clear enough to perform underwater photography. Diver ASVAB Test score requirements.
The American Council on Education recommends that semester hour credits be awarded in the vocational certificate and lower-division bachelor's/associate's degree categories for courses taken in this rating on oceanography, general, and business studies.