US Navy Diver
Washington, DC 20038
To be eligible to enlist in the U.S. Navy, candidates must be between the ages of 18-34
Not many people can claim the ocean as their office. As a Navy Diver, your job will take you to the depths of the sea to perform underwater welding on ships, search harbors for impediments, retrieve sunken ship wreckage and even pull astronauts from the space capsule when they land in the sea. For you and your highly-trained teammates, it’s all in a day’s work. This is the best kept secret in the Navy—if the sea is calling you, this is how you answer.
DIVER IN THE NAVY
Navy Divers operate anywhere from the shallow waters of coral reefs and harbors around the world to the freezing depths beneath icebergs, accomplishing specialized tasks below the surface, with no margin for error. Your job as a Diver could encompass many specialties, including:
- Performing wreckage salvage operations and underwater repairs
- Conducting harbor and waterway clearance operations
- Assisting in construction and demolition projects
- Executing search and rescue missions
- Performing deep submergence operations and saturation diving, which could involve living and working at extreme depths for days or weeks at a time
- Launch and recover SEAL delivered vehicles from submarines
PAY AND BENEFITS
From the day you start, you’ll receive:
- Competitive salary
- Potential to earn a bonus upon enlistment
- Free health insurance
- Free housing
- A retirement plan
- Paid training
- College credit
Members of the Naval Special Operations community have many unique opportunities to advance their knowledge. Navy training provides everything from the fundamentals of SCUBA to Hard hat diving, underwater welding, demolition and a number of other tactical military procedures and tactics, deep-sea diving or a number of other tactical military procedures.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy training in this field can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education.
You may also continue your education through undergraduate degree opportunities like the Navy College Program and Tuition Assistance and the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
No college degree is required to become a Navy SEAL, but the standards of qualification require the kind of mental and physical fortitude that few possess.
Upon joining the Navy, you must:
- Meet specific eyesight requirements: 20/40 best eye; 20/70 worst eye; correctable to 20/25 with no color blindness
- Meet the minimum Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) score: GS+MC+EI=170 or VE+MK+MC+CS=220 or VE+AR=103 MC=51
- Be 30 years of age or younger
- Pass a physical examination required for divers
- Be a U.S. citizen and eligible for security clearance
NOTE: You should consult your physician or other health-care professional before starting any exercise regime or other fitness program to determine if it is right for your needs. This is particularly true if you (or your family) have a history of medical illnesses or ailments that could be made worse by a change in physical activity. Do not start a fitness program if your physician or health-care provider advises against it.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.
Fittingly, the Navy Diver motto is “We Dive the World Over.” Members of this Special Operations force travel the world, working in just about every possible undersea environment—from cold, muddy water where underwater tasks must be completed without the use of sight, to warm, tropical waters clear enough for underwater photography
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