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In Defense of Our Shores: Navy Recruiting

Jun 6, 2008
Navy recruitment starts with a visit to your local Navy recruiter. Various US Navy websites have pages reserved solely for matching your zip code with a recruiter assigned in the area. The first step to do before enlistment is to gather information from the recruiter - they are more than happy to answer questions, and will do everything they can to help you understand what the Navy and enlistment is all about.

The most common questions are about the things that will happen when you are already in active duty, including details of the routine, practices, benefits, vacations, options, schooling, and the like. Another common question is about the retirement options after the Navy, including pension, insurance, and other benefits.

When you've confirmed your decision to join the Navy, your recruiter will schedule you for a military entrance processing exam, helping you with the paperwork and the forms required for it. The recruiter will discuss your opportunities with you, and help you come up with an outline of your plan to reach your goals, based on your interest and experiences.

Before you can take the MEPS, however, you have to pass the initial requirements for candidates for recruitment. The requirements are very basic: age, citizenship, dependents, single parenthood, financial obligations, educational background, drugs and alcohol count, and your medical, legal, and moral standards.

After passing the entrance standards, you can now take the MEPS and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, or the ASVAB. You can opt to go through the Recruit Training program after, or you can wait for a year under Delayed Entry Program, or DEP, if you still have personal businesses to attend to.

It's suggested to take the DEP as an opportunity to exercise before the recruit training. The recruit training, or what they call the bootcamp, won't require you to swim for miles, but it does have its share of rigorous backwork.
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