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Whenever they want. They keep you even if there is no real work or mission work necessary. The most important thing they don’t twll you about duty days which are horrible. Duty days require you on the ship or any station 24 hours. May not seem bad but some duty rotations are 2, 3 or 4 days... especiallly subs. Evey rate on a sub requires 4 day duty except th cooks. If you come on stand down for duty days due to coming back from a deployment... duty is every 3 days usually a month long when you get back from deployment. That consists of no work other than duty every 3 says where you are required to sleep on ship.

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You work day and night- especially on deployments. Rates like damage controlmen and Nukes are the WORST. Welcome to utter sleep deprivation. You could work all day- sleep for 3 or 4 hours, wake up at 3am to stand watch and keep going. To describe the work hours in one word: sadistic.

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Great place to start and build character for any young man. Hours differ from other jobs. You can see the world and earn money for college.

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It differs depending on job and watch rotation. For the last two years I worked 18 hour shifts, 7 days a week, with a couple of half shifts sprinkled in throughout those two years.

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Over 40 hrs. Retired after 20 Yrs as PN1. My family and I Loved the Navy. Fantastic Medical benefits, Job security, Travel and Fun. My wife explains it simply: A Great Way of Life.!!!!

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They never stop. In the navy you are always on the clock. You can receive a phone call at 2 am and have to get up and answer it. Also depends on your command what time you need to be at work but for the most part I'd say your safe with 0630-1600 every day as a normal working day but duty days you have to stay overnight 24 hours. Hope this helps! Best of luck

Answered - Gunners Mate (Former Employee) - Varies

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Busy some overtime was required.

Answered - Supply Specialist (Former Employee) - San Diego, CA

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At least 50hrs a week. Constantly understaffed. Weekends and holidays are a thing of the past.

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Set. Different shifts, different departments, different jobs.

Answered - Navy Culinary Specialist/ Personal Specialist (Former Employee) - Sasebo, Japan

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When out to sea, working hours are pretty much around the clock. When in port, some day you may work 2 to 4 hours, and on some other days you may work up to 8 to 10 hours. Hours worked in the NAVY all depend on what is going on wit the ship that you are attached to.

Answered - 3rd Class Petty Officer (E-4) (Former Employee) - San Diego, CA

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