It is one thing to join the Navy. It is another thing entirely to push yourself to the limits of your career. Becoming a Navy officer will go a long way in helping you reach all your career goals – while also doing what is right for your country.
If you don’t know much about the Navy you probably have no clue what it takes to become an officer. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple details that will point you in the right direction.
Navy Officer Requirement
Not everybody qualifies to be an officer in the Navy. Basic qualifications include: United States citizen, four year degree from an accredited university, between the age of 19 and 35, good academic performance, and the ability to pass a full medical exam.
Do you meet these qualifications? If so, you may be closer than you ever imagined to becoming a Navy officer.
Your Commitment as an Officer
Most officers are required to spend four years on Active Duty. For Engineering officers the time commitment is five years; for Pilots the commitment is anywhere from eight to ten years. Medical Officers, such as dentists, doctors, and nurses, are only required to serve a minimum of three years.
Officers generally spend time both on the shore and at sea.
Officer Candidate School
This 12 week program is built to prepare you for a Navy career as an officer. From military training to classroom work and much more, you will be challenged time and time again. Although this may be the most difficult 12 weeks of your life, once complete you will know what it means to be a Navy officer.
How much Money will I make?
You don’t become a Navy officer for the money. That being said, your total salary and benefits is quite competitive when compared to civilian employment. Remember, you get more than a salary when you are a Navy officer. You have to consider housing, benefits, and education in your total compensation package. Along with this, you will receive annual raises and regular promotions for as long as you stay in the Navy.
From Officer to Civilian Employment
To become an officer in the Navy you need a four year college degree. When you combine this with your Navy experience, you will find that you are highly sought after by “traditional” employers.
From engineering to finance to business, you will leave the Navy ready to take on a variety of positions and responsibilities.
Don’t sell yourself short. If you qualify to become a Navy officer you should consider this an honor. Once you make this decision you will never look back!