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"Enlisted sailor 2005-2009. Great experience for a young adult and can make a wonderful career for some."

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Too many to list, but here are a few:

Highly rewarding experience.

Pride in serving your country.

Advancement is largely based on a sailor's merits and the Navy makes an effort to keep it as objective as possible. If a sailor works hard, he or she will usually advance quickly. Although politics do play a role in advancement, they aren't nearly as important as they are in corporate culture.

The pay is good for a job that doesn't require a degree. It sucks when you start, but increases substantially as you advance. Many senior enlisted personnel are netting close to or above six figures after allowances and taxes.

Work-life balance is generally good when you're on shore duty.

You'll probably have a job that would be unavailable to you otherwise. Make sure you choose a job you think you will enjoy. Don't worry about choosing a job you think will appeal to employers after you leave. Once you use your GI Bill to earn a degree, employers will value your service regardless of the job you had while you were in.

There's no other job that will expose you to such a diverse culture. You will learn to interact with all kinds of people. You'll make a lot of close friends.

You'll get to travel to a lot of interesting places.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is great. I'm about to graduate from Berkeley with zero debt.

When you combine your service with a degree from a reputable college, your résumé WILL get you interviews for great jobs and internships. I'm talking bulge bracket investment banking, Big 4 public accounting, etc.

Way too many to list.

Cons

Very bureaucratic. Lots of paperwork for everything.

It's the military, so your job is to deploy when the Navy says so. Work-life balance usually sucks when you're on sea duty. Even when your ship is at its home port, you'll probably work a few 70 hour weeks for no extra pay.

Some of the leaders are incredibly incompetent. This is largely due to the use of quotas in the advancement system.

Advice to Management

Fix the advancement system. The Navy's enlisted leadership would benefit greatly from a more holistic evaluation. Too many people advance because they've been in their current rate for long enough or because the next paygrade is "open". This often results in the promotion of terrible leaders. Introduce selection boards of officers from other units for enlisted promotions. This would help to promote good leaders while keeping the process as objective as possible.

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  1. "Nuclear Navy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Navy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is always a steady paycheck

    Cons

    There is no such thing as "I quit!"


  2. "Great times but too much bearaucracy"

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    Former Employee - Electronics Technician
    Former Employee - Electronics Technician
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Navy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people made it worth it.

    Cons

    too many contradicting regulations and no sense of productivity

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the red tape and those that can't function.


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