Joining the Navy After High School
By Philip C. Paradis
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Introduction and Disclaimer
If you're like many people I've met, you're curious about the United States Navy, what enlistment and service involves, going through boot camp, and what follows thereafter. I've written this article in an attempt to address some of the more common questions I've been asked about Navy life. It should be noted that the views presented in this article are mine alone; this work has not been officially reviewed or approved by the U.S. Navy or any government body. I hope the information provided here will be useful to young men and women considering the Navy after high school, but I make no guarantees regarding its present-day accuracy; things change, and I've been out of boot camp for almost two years now.
As of the time of this writing, I'm a 27 year old native of Atlanta, Georgia. I enlisted in the Navy at age 25 (a bit later than many), and this month marks my two-year anniversary in the service. I am an Electronics Technician Third Class (ET3), asssigned to a submarine homeported out of Kitsap Naval Base in Bangor, Washington. I can say with a great deal of pride that enlisting the Navy was a great decision for me, and I wouldn't change anything about my tour of duty thus far. Prior to active duty, I was a professional software developer and network security technician. In my spare time, I run ClassHelper.org and work on various personal software development projects.
Important Notes Regarding Online Safety
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Without further ado, let's move on to our first section, "Reasons For Enlistment."
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