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Life as a Sailor
Members of America’s Navy face everyday challenges, perform specific duties and, invariably, they become better for it. And no matter what you think you know about the U.S. Navy, one thing is true: No two people experience the Navy in the same way.
See what it’s like to live and work in America’s Navy all over the world, from the people who serve every day. From how you’ll dress and care for yourself, to how you’ll spend your free time.
Whether on base or at sea, America’s Navy takes pride in providing outstanding living areas and conditions for its Sailors.
While on base, you could live in a barracks, an apartment or a house. And based on your personal situation, the Navy will help accommodate children, spouses and even visiting grandparents. Usually, Navy housing is unfurnished so that you can personalize where you live and be comfortable while serving your country.
While at sea, living quarters can be a little cozier, but the berthing area is a sufficient living space that allows you an area for storage and an assigned rack for sleeping. Mess decks provide a place for recreation and meals, and Sailors can kick back and watch TV or play games.
It goes without saying that it’s important to stay fit while serving, so the Navy provides the most state-of-the-art fitness centers imaginable. You’ll be encouraged to take advantage of programs that promote lifelong fitness habits and support your well-being.
You’ll find yourself with plenty of opportunities to stay active and get in some friendly competition in your free time. So grab a basketball and a few buddies and play a pickup game, or join a bowling league or a Navy hockey team.
Check out how Paul Tharp has combined his competitive spirit with the training that he received from the Navy in this video.
Sailors ride Asian elephants off-duty in Pattaya, Thailand
If outdoor activities are your thing, the Navy offers instruction, lessons, and equipment for hiking, fishing, white-water rafting, rock climbing, scuba diving, windsurfing and more.
Take your family or spend some time alone at a museum or sporting event, a comedy show, concert or theme park. The Navy’s Information, Tickets & Tours (ITT) Program offers discounts, information and arranged trips for almost any interest.
Personal care in the Navy doesn’t have to be a mystery. There are plenty of frequently asked questions that you can find answers to, but generally speaking, cleanliness and a professional appearance are requirements of the men and women who serve in the U.S. Navy.