Everything from living spaces to free time, safety to travel Life in the Navy

Depending on the career path that your son, daughter or students choose, life inside America’s Navy isn’t all that different from what might be expected in the private sector. They’ll go to work, perform their duties, and have downtime for recreation and entertainment – and there’s even vacation time to travel or visit family.

Work Life

The career path your child or student chooses has a large impact on what his or her day-to-day work life will be like. But whatever their chosen field, America’s Navy provides dynamic settings, meaningful work, and a strong sense of purpose and place.

Here, they’ll find exceptional job opportunities, rock-solid job security, a variety of career-building tools, and advancement possibilities at every turn. They have access to hands-on, real-life training, learning valuable skills in a variety of fields that often lead directly to civilian jobs or the opportunity to build a lifelong career in the Navy. Plus classroom training that may even transfer to college credits.

No wonder those who serve develop self-confidence, courage and a deep sense of responsibility.

Learn more about Career Potential in America’s Navy.

Living Quarters

Whether your child or student is stationed on a base or on a ship, his or her living areas and conditions will afford them many of the same comforts and conveniences of civilian life. Call it a “home away from home.”

On base, they have the opportunity to work and live with other servicemembers, as well as rest and relax away from the job. Whether living on base or off base – in a barracks, an apartment or a house – they have familiar amenities, from full kitchens and laundry facilities  to recreational areas and gyms. And the quality of life in military housing is exceptional.

On a ship or submarine, each Sailor is assigned a “berthing area,” which includes a locker for storage, as well as a “rack” for sleeping. Facilities are always clean, and personnel can kick back and watch television or play games when they’re off-duty. Many vessels also have ATMs, internet access and mail service, while also allowing those on board to make calls and keep in touch via text and/or email.

Learn more about Navy living quarters.

Free Time

It’s not all work in America’s Navy. Sailors have all kinds of travel and recreational opportunities, plus up to 30 days of paid vacation time each year.

They have access to everything from pickup basketball games on flight decks to baseball, basketball and hockey teams on base or individual sports like running, swimming, and golf. They’ll also find state-of-the-art fitness and workout centers no matter where they serve.

Plus, they get discount tickets for a wide variety of national, regional and local attractions, including passes to movie theaters, theme parks, sporting events, concerts and more.

Learn more about free time in America’s Navy.

Safety Issues

Safety is directly related to readiness, so America’s Navy puts a strong focus on safety – whether it’s on duty or off duty, in the course of everyday work or in the event of a combat situation.

Thanks to an intensive focus on risk management, extensive safety training and safe operating procedures, America’s Navy has a relatively low mishap rate. The Naval Safety Center is at the helm of Navy safety and issues affecting the health and well-being of Sailors. Established in 1951, it manages all Naval aviation, afloat and shore safety programs and oversees a network of safety training, education and prevention programs.