Like all military occupations, there is room for plenty job advancements. All who go into the Nuclear Navy are already starting two pay grades/rankings above the average person. Rather than starting at an E-1, they start at E-3, and move to E-4 upon graduating their first school. In an average job, moving from E-1 to E-4 can take up to two years. Most Nuclear Navy sign-ons are E-6 after their first 6 years. Job advancement takes time just for the eligibility from moving from one rank to the next. From E-1 to E-2, it takes around 9 months. From E-2 to E-3, it takes approximately 9 months, etc., but there is a large amount of opportunities for all who go into the military as they're all on the same base pay scale regardless of the job or branch. All of these pays are affected by the amount of time served and what bonuses are also accumulated, but they also all include housing allowances, clothing allowances, cost of living allowance, incentive pays, health care, life insurance, subsidized product availability, and education allowances with a G.I. Bill for when leaving the military that pays for 3-4 years of nearly any college.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I attend school while I'm in the Navy?
Yes, the Navy encourages continuing education while in and will pay up to 100 percent of the tuition for Active Duty servicemembers stationed ashore who attend courses during their off-duty time at accredited colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools and business schools. Also, many ships have accredited teachers and educators on board who get underway with the ship to teach college-level lessons and help Sailors keep up with their studies while at sea.
Will the Navy give me financial help for an advanced degree?
The Navy encourages continuing education and will pay all or most of the tuition costs, depending on the program for which you qualify.
Can I request to work in a certain area or field?
You can request career placement in fields such as nuclear engineering, advanced electronics, computers or aviation. The Navy has jobs in more than 60 fields, and if a position is open in a field for which you are qualified, your recruiter will work with you to get you that position.
Can I switch jobs if I don't like what I do?
It is possible to switch jobs, but you can't always count on it. That's why you are encouraged to find a job you like before training so that your training will not go to waste. Also, the Navy is more likely to let you switch jobs if you want to switch to a rating that is in high demand, such as one in nuclear power.
What if I don't know what job I want to do?
No problem. Your recruiter can help you figure out what you may be good at and can help you find a job that matches your existing aptitudes.
If I find a Navy job I like but have no experience, will the Navy train me?
Absolutely. You just need to have the interest and meet any entrance-level qualifications.