So I’m just finishing up the application for the Navy officer program and I was pretty shocked about how much information they want on your high school. I can’t even remember what clubs I was in or what my SAT scores are so I’m going to have to refer back to all of that old crap I thought I was done with after I got into college.
When I was applying I definately thought that I was going into naval intelligence. I didn’t really know how everything worked, I just figured that’s what I wanted to do. You know, work out all the other crap later. Its only life.
After talking with a naval recruiter that my neighbor (Who is a former Marine pilot) got me into contact with, I found out this is really not the case.
There is alot more to naval officers then just deciding what you want to do. There are almost 20 different naval officer programs and they choose which program you will go into for you. Yes, you have three preferences but there is a definite chance you might not get any of them.
Only 7% of a class are picked to work in naval intelligence. That is a very small percent and can be categorized with the % accepted into say the FBI and CIA.
At First I was very disappointed by this information, but after the recruiting officer sent me information and gave me the name of a website that had a list of the officer positions, I decided I don’t care. Its still on my list but its not as important as my new favorite category. Information Warfare. I’m sure you don’t know much about what this means, but neither did I so its okay.
Information warfare job description: Navy Information Warfare Officers are directly involved in every aspect of Navy operations, and are expected to deploy worldwide, to support Navy and joint war-fighting requirements. They provide critical information to tactical-, theater-, and national-level decision makers, serving from sea, air, and shore commands around the world.
This means that if I am accepted into this program I will learn how to decipher and make decisions during times of crisis. Of course there is alot of training involved and I’m going to really have an eye for this kind of work because deciphering codes is not the easiest thing in the world. This is definately what I can see myself doing for the next four years. Its just another step closer to the real world, but the best part is that its not the real world and I won’t be considered a civilian.
I’m so excited to apply and see the results. First I have to do well on the ASTB test though, boo.
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