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4 Years of Sea Duty

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For Sailors, sailing is worth enduring but career rewarding, to others, it is work intensive to become a sailor, especially when assigned to a ship. As a Cordilleran who has no knowledge whatsoever, it was the experience of a lifetime :)., Thanks a lot to the U.S. NAVY who gave me the opportunity to serve and navigate the seven seas and beyond.

Sea duty is the US Navy 's lingo when a member is assigned to a ship, aviation squadron, or expeditionary unit and travels with it.

This includes service on commissioned ships and deployable squadrons home-ported in the US, as well as US land-based activities and embarked staffs that require members to use away from their duty station for more than 150 days per year.

Duty can include:

*Permanent assignment to a ship, ship-based staff, or ship-based aviation unit Being temporarily assigned to a vessel, ship-based staff, or ship-based aviation unit Serving on a ship whose primary mission is done underway.

*Serve on temporary other duty ashore for no more than thirty consecutive days, the Ships typically go to sea for 10 days to 2 weeks each month for training operations in preparation for deployment.

Extended operations away from home port can last up to 6 to 9 months, and ships typically deploy once every 18-24 months.

Sea duty is a vital part of the fleet's mission, and most sailors can expect to spend some time at sea.

Can you be assigned to land? Yes, in the navy, it is called shore duty.

Depending on sea duty availability, Sailors may be assigned to a shore tour at once following initial training and prior to their first sea tour.

In this case, Sailors will be assigned to shore duty for 24 to 36 months depending on the rating and location or type of duty prior to beginning their first sea tour.

As far as pay and benefits are concerned.

Upon signing a contract, your pay begins and as a recruit or E-1, the pay starts at $70, 000.00 and about $96,000.00 for a Chief/E7. The lifetime benefits are beyond compare.

Knowledge may be free, but education is increasingly expensive.

The US Navy helps Sailors pay for college and education.

With programs like NROTC, Tuition Assistance, the Post-9/11 GI Bill and many more, the Navy will help you earn your degree. The Navy will not take the tests for you, though - the hard part is still on you.


Much like the time during the time when Apo Lakay was still alive, I wish that the US-Phil government Treaty will bring back recruiting opportunities for Filipinos who wants to serve and make a career in the Navy.

CTTO: USN Blue Jackets Manual and USN Hall Hands Magazine (Source) CTTO: (Source)

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