This job is not for people who cannot maintain a sound mind in an environment of constant stress, danger, and physically demanding challenges. Danger isn't limited to just enemies of the United States, but the general work conditions, especially onboard a ship, or in a ship yard.
The daily operations vary greatly, but there is a semblance of general routine. Days can start as early a 0400 in the morning, and run well over 48 hours long in some circumstances.
The comraderie amongst sailors is very important, and long and lasting friendships can be made. You will also have to work alongside people that you don't necessarily like, or even distrust.
A lot of being a part of the Navy involves being able to adapt and deal with constantly changing situations. Being mentally flexible is vital.
Compensation, Benefits, Pay, Post-career oppertunities
Long hours, limited off-line, constant danger of not living to see tomorrow