It has been driven to be more professional and became more about how re presentable you are and less about how well you do your job. I have had a few writes ups for not having shiny enough boots for my rate by my boss and received little attention for having perfect program that was reviewed by the highest standards of the military. To signify how rare that is i had over 400 people in my command. Many of which have many programs under there belts. Only I achieved this at the time of inspection. and on a ship with multiple commands working together. I didn't hear of anyone else getting one and word spreads fast on a ship. I received only a paper certificate and words from my commanding officer who gave it to me. but i have gotten quite a bit from many about my boots not being shiny for a "AZ". They weren't even bad or out of regulations but they believed that a clerical job should be above and beyond and close to perfection. You get more attention for slightly wrinkled NWU, Navy working uniform something that you are ment to work in and get dirty. trust me when I say it will get dirty working in 100+ degree weather, on ship with broken washers and dryers, working with grease and chemicals, fluids. But reprehended for boots that are "just" in standard seems ridiculous given the importance of the work we do.
良い点Free meals through galley, pay is always garenteed, military channels get things done quick, reference material is easily accessable, aditional training programs can be useful, MWR gives people opertunities if they don't know what to do, travel (though no choice to where) free medical, free dental, travel reinburcment, family emergency compensation
悪い点No breaks unless its a smoke break, Ship life is harsh, sick days are only allowed if backed by medical, long time away from family, communication between time zones can be difficult, advancment can sometimes be almost impossible
Boatswain's Mate | 日本 | 2014年3月31日
Great work environment but not much time with family
Before making any considerations, I would like to note I do love overtime, but working overtime 24/7 (literally) overseas on a ship can be quite challenging. At the same time, being in the military gives you a whole new meaning of diversity that you can't be taught in the civilian world. For example, while I was in the Navy, I volunteered to help do some well needed maintenance on an elementary school in the Philippines. After we finished doing the maintenance on the school, the natives there had their kids do some celebrational ritual they do there for foreigners who do good deeds for them. Finally, the ceremony concluded with a native feast that they do. This included them dumping all the food that was to be eaten on the feast table and eating it with nothing but their hands. To be honest, it was quite an experience. Getting back to the Job culture, many of the people in the military come from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Thus, giving me a better understanding of the unique ethnicities and cultures around the world. As far as a typical day goes, (to start off) it was always hard work. Whether I was on watch (security detail), or doing maintenance on the ship, I was always busy doing something. Sometimes I was even involved in organized operations such as UNREP, well-deck operations, or frequent general quarters drills. One thing is for sure, I learned the people you work with become a part of your family and a well established career is a blessing.
良い点Diversity, education, job training, benefits, and etc.
Aviation Structural Mechanic | 綾瀬市 | 2018年11月18日
Before joining, do independent research on the jobs that are offered.
You will find that there are many things you wished you knew before you joined. I had the best and worst times of my life while in, but more often than not they were bad times. However, I recognize the potential for the Navy to be awesome. I don't think it is a bad move to join, but if you rush into it, it will not be a good time. First things first, try to join up as an officer, they get better and you automatically have respect and rank over most in the Navy. If you go enlisted, study for the ASVAB test so you can have the best scores. Your scores determine your job. Higher scores tend to offer the better jobs and those will also offer the best re-enlistment bonuses. Don't let the recruiter sweet talk you into any old job, research on your own to see what life is like for the jobs available to you. Boot camp is a breeze and you'll most likely remember it as the easiest part of your enlistment. Spend a bit of time on the treadmill/track before you join and you'll pass with ease. Also if you can't swim, try to get some lessons in before you join. You only need to know the basics. If you join make sure you get the post 9/11 GI Bill as it will help you if you plan to go to college afterwards. Save as much money as you can! Don't buy a car or get married straight out of boot camp. Enjoy the single life if you're young so you'll be guilt free when you pull into ports on deployment. Don't be afraid to be stationed far away from home, you will be able to come home at least 15 days
良い点Travel, friends, benefits, insurance, and stability
悪い点Constant rotation of supervisors, restrictions on freedom, deployment length
Clinical Assistant | 沖縄県 | 2014年5月23日
Pediatric Clinic Manager
? Daily review of data quality measures that reflect access to care success reviews
? Maintains all incoming referrals and consults to ensure they are appointed appropriately via Composite Health Care System (CHCS) and AHLTA and ensures access standards and access to care are met via higher authority as outlined in the Military Health Systems and Commanders Guide to Access Success.
? Oversee daily operations of the clinic and manage administrative staff
? Maintain and distribute monthly clinic and provider schedules along with maintaining the database for pediatric cardiologist
? Customer Service Representative for Pediatric Clinic and Immunizations Department
? Oversees the department as timekeeper
? Maintain confidentiality of departmental documents and sensitive information from Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
? Conducting blood draws bilirubin, newborn screens and IV’s for pediatric patients
? Schedule initial and follow-up appointments for patients. Obtain patient demographical information
? Explain follow-up procedures to patients when necessary
? Performed phlebotomy blood draws. Train active duty corpsman on phlebotomy blood draw and sterilization techniques
? Received phone calls and directed them to the appropriate provider when necessary
? Conducted vital signs on patients as well as weight and temperature checks on newborn during their 2 week well visits
? Other clinical duties when warranted
良い点Enjoyable patients, staff and hospital
悪い点had to leave due to military orders
Receptionist | 横須賀市 | 2015年4月21日
Organized and professionalism with a mix of fun.
A day at work was pretty easy-going most days. There were some days that were extremely busy and overwhelming. I learned to multi-task: taking messages and relaying them to correct persons, scheduling appointments, making phone calls, answering professionally, learning how to deal with certain situations and at the same time sterilizing equipment when I wasn't taking over another co-workers shift. When I first went to the workplace I was assigned to, I was nervous because it was male dominant, but they all welcomed me as if I were family and took their time to teach me the workflow of the place. The hardest part of the job was dealing with higher ups that thought they were above everyone and deserved special treatment. I had an officer that came in before he was retiring and he solely made me his personal appointment maker and to handle everything for him. It was frustrating because I was still new at some things but the most enjoyable part was that my co-workers were there to assist me at anytime, when someone saw me get nervous, they would immediately help me out and that made me feel like I could last throughout the work day or week. Another enjoyable part is the various potlucks we've had within ourselves and other co-workers. It gave me a chance to meet everyone else that was involved in the field.
悪い点Miscommunication between the clinic and hospital, random blackouts, impatient patients
Electronics Technician | 横須賀市 | 2018年12月18日
Its all about You
Navy is transitioning into a more Corporate culture, but you still get what you put in. People there are smart enough to realize when someone is slacking, so you must always be on your guard and show ambition.
Networking within the structure of whatever Command you are assigned to is essential -- you MUST network within and throughout the Command if you have any ambition whatsoever to advance. You WILL get what you put in, and everyone will judge you from the get go to the very end.
Work hard, do your job, KNOW your job, and know your PEOPLE. Do not fall prey to a false sense of security and maintain your guard. The 48 Laws of Power (a crucially essential read) will keep you ahead of your peers more than a strong work ethic, but that is ALSO standard.
RESEARCH THE CAREER YOU PLAN TO APPLY FOR : There is a saying: Choose your Rate; Choose your Fate. They are not kidding. Your rate will set you up for the rest of your life, so you need to know what you're getting yourself into. Insider knowledge can mean the difference between hating your life for 4-10 years or cruising between cushy Commands, but the bottom line is that you need to know Yourself as much as you are aware of where your Command is and what the atmosphere is like.
Expect nothing less.
良い点You get what you put in. Calibrate YOURSELF before applying.
悪い点Sea Command is a brutal strain of Family & Marriage, Advancing certain rates can be substantially difficult
Fire Controlman | 横須賀市 | 2013年8月23日
Proud Mobile Factory Cameradery
Better understood as a factory with eccentricities like uniforms than a military organization, with more direct common-sense than the bureaucratic & neurotic Air Force, the Navy offers a wonderful way to transition into adult responsibility & earn free college afterwards. Nowhere else can a high school graduate not show up for work for a week or so because of partying, & still have a job, yet valuable technology is available to be mastered, & worldly travel is a benefit unconsciously earned. The proportionately greatest benefits are in the first few years, parrallel with the need for large numbers of people in the lower ranks. The Navy also understands that more can be demanded of happy people so food & benefits are good. Defending freedom & democracy by bombing Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, or reestablishing peace & order in Yugoslavia instil pride of a sort not possible in a conventional factory.
Physical fitness for most Navy jobs is not emphasized to the degree that it is amongst the Army or Marines. Generally, there is very, very, little in common between a sailor & an infantryman, especially among the more valuable & cerebral technical jobs. The ability not to drown is barely checked, only once, in basic training.
良い点Travel, Education & Training, General Benefits
悪い点Separation from Family
Cryptologic Technician | 日本 | 2021年1月13日
Quality workplace that can be a stepping stone to greater careers, but with several pitfalls.
There is plenty to learn in the Navy that can be beneficial to those who want go into related career fields outside of the service, so long as you are motivated. There are those who are lacking in said motivation and for that other sailors may have to pick up extra slack to "cover-down". I have been lucky to have chiefs (equivalent to bosses) who are knowledgeable in my job and are willing to support their sailors in times of need. However, good leaders are few and far between as quality sailors separate after their contract and find jobs (easily) that pay considerably more with considerably less stress.
良い点Tons to learn (so long as you're motivated), get to see and do things that folks back home couldn't even dream of, skills obtained in service can put you ahead of the competition in the civilian world, you can make plenty of friends.
悪い点Quality of leadership is a dice roll, workplaces have the potential to become toxic if not handled correctly, tasking may come at the last time (oh-by-the-way's), personnel will lose your paperwork constantly, having to work with/around sailors with lacking motivation is expected, job creates plenty of stress at times, expect to be away from friends/family for extended periods of time if attached to a ship.
Center Manager | 横須賀市 | 2013年1月25日
Forward Deployed Forces in the Asian Pacific Theater
There is no such thing as a typical day in the Navy and that is why a position in this organization is so special. Living in one of the most unstable regions in the world, your unit must be prepared at a moments notice to get underway to support all U.S interests. While in this organization I learned the value of time management and operating efficiently under stress. The job can become very stressful and it is imperative for all members on the team to be able to handle each day optimistically. I enjoyed all of my co-workers and it was incredible to be able to work with people from all over the United States and from so many diverse backgrounds. The hardest part of the job was not being able to plan to far in advance with family affairs. The schedule consistently changes and it can be difficult to deal with such circumstances. The most enjoyable part of the job was learning how to operate efficiently in such a competitive work environment. Being able to volunteer in countries all over the Asian Pacific with those who are less fortunate, will be an experience I will remember for many years to come!
良い点educational benefits and travel
悪い点extended deployments and being away from family for many months out of the year
Petty Officer | 横須賀市 | 2017年10月10日
The Navy has been a HUGE part of my Life
As a sailor, attention to detail is the basis of what we do. From day 1 at boot camp until your retirement (should you choose to make it that far) you are paying attention to detail. By doing so, it is instilled in us that, should we not pay that attention,...one of our shipmates just got injured or killed. So the level of importance is paramount!
A typical day, on shore duty is as such what one would think of as a normal job, timeliness, courteous, and productive. Over the last 24 years, you never learn enough. The old saying that something can be learned daily, truly stands.
I am a Navy Chief Petty Officer and in my supervisor role, I truly take part in getting to know who my people are and what makes them tick. To know what they like and what their goals are is more important than barking out orders for what needs to be done. Once you know your people, and they know the mission, should you be able to provide the atmosphere, they will want to work for you and not despise it.
Hardest part of the job,...losing a shipmate. Nothing can be put over loss of life. And finally, the most enjoyable,...sending a shipmate home to his/her family relieving them of the watch to retirement. #EPIC
良い点Too many to list.
悪い点Missed holidays with family, Birthdays, Anniversaries, etc