Jobs for Navy Veterans
U.S. Navy Sailors in Formation
Learn a Job or Start a Career in the Navy
When I was a young boy, people used to say, "Join the Navy and see the world." My perception of sailors at that time was that of servicemen who sailed the seven seas and stopped for fun-time shore liberty at exotic ports such as Hong Kong and Singapore.
I learned, however, what the real Navy was like when I enlisted in 1967. Starting with basic training and sitting through the Navy Basic Training Aptitude Test, I learned that the Navy was about selecting and training the right personnel to do all of its many jobs. After meeting with a Navy counselor who discussed my aptitude strengths, I was assigned to Chinese Mandarin language training even though my job preference was that of a Hospital Corpsman. To make a long story short, my subsequent training in Chinese and overseas duty using the language changed my life by introducing me to a civilian Chinese language translation career with the federal government after I left the Navy,
In this article, I detail representative jobs which can be learned in the Navy, and how these jobs can lead to civilian careers for Navy veterans.
Navy Jobs Leading to Jobs for Navy Veterans
When a person joins the Navy, he or she is generally sent to a school for training in a job rating. You name it and the navy has it for jobs that are common in the civilian world. These include white-collar and blue-collar jobs, technical, service-oriented, medical, legal, and other professional jobs. There are also some exotic job ratings. The following are just a sampling of Navy jobs that have civilian career opportunities.
Jobs for Veterans without a Degree
Navy Aviation Jobs
Since the Navy operates aircraft carrier task forces, it has to train various personnel in aviation-related work, Some of the aviation work ratings with civilian career opportunities are:
1. Air-Traffic Controller - AC
The Air-traffic Controller is responsible for directing and controlling aircraft. Experienced Navy Air-traffic Controllers should be able to secure employment as air-traffic controllers at civilian airports.
2. Aviation Machinist's Mate - AD
Aviation Machinist's Mates maintain turbo-jet engines and associated equipment. Their skills can easily be utilized by any number of commercial airlines like Delta and United.
3. Aviation Structural Mechanic - AM
Personnel in this aviation job rating maintain aircraft parts like wings, fuselages, and landing gears. These people could easily work as mechanics for commercial airlines.
4. Aerographer's Mate - AG
Aerographer's Mates are the U.S. Navy's weather forecasters who are trained in meteorology. Their civilian counterparts are weathermen and weatherwomen or meteorologists.
Navy personnel with construction ratings are like civilian construction workers. They include sailors with skills as:
1. Builders - BU
These include skilled carpenters, plasterers, roofers, cement finishers, asphalt workers, masons, and painters. Servicemen and servicewomen with these specialties build and repair structures like piers, bridges, towers, schools, and houses.
2. Construction Electricians - CE
Construction Electricians are responsible for power production and electrical work to build and operate airfields, roads, barracks, and hospitals. They are like civilian construction electricians and telephone and electrical repairmen.
Cryptologic Technicians - CT
Years ago known as Communication Technicians, Cryptologic Technicians perform a wide range of classified work in support of the national intelligence effort. Other Navy personnel refer to CTs as "spooks" due to the secret nature of their work. Three of the most popular CT branches are:
1. Interpretive Cryptologic Technicians - CTI
CTIs handle radiotelephone communications and foreign language translation. After learning a foreign language and security training, they will work as needed on ships, overseas bases, and in the U.S. Many former CTIs have had foreign language translation careers working for federal intelligence organizations such as the CIA.
2. Maintenance Cryptologic Technician - CTM
A CTM maintains electronic and electro-mechanical equipment. An obvious civilian job would be that of an electronic equipment maintenance person.
3. Networking Cryptologic Technician - CTN
A CTN handles computer network systems and communications. In the civilian world, a CTN would be able to get jobs in computer-related fields.
Paraprofessional Job Ratings
The Navy has some paraprofessional job ratings. Two of these ratings include:
1. Hospital Corpsman - HM
A Hospital Corpsman is a para-medical professional who provides health care to service people and their families. After receiving basic medical training for about 3-4 months, HMs can be assigned to hospitals, ships, or bases where they may function as medical technicians, nurses' aides, or physician and dental assistants. They are primarily concerned with giving first aid and micro-surgery. During times of war, HMs will serve on battlefields administering first aid to Marines.
My son was a Hospital Corpsman for five years. After his medical training, he was assigned for duty to the National Navy Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. He was also deployed on a ship for two months to Europe. HMs can easily find jobs such as medical assistants and X-ray technicians in the civilian world.
2. Legal Man - LN
A Legal Man is a trained paralegal assistant. In the Navy, an LN will assist Navy lawyers in court-martials and nonjudicial punishment affairs. A job as a paralegal assistant with a law firm would be easy to get.
Miscellaneous Navy Jobs
The Navy has many other miscellaneous jobs that offer training for future civilian careers. A few examples of these miscellaneous jobs are as follows:
1. Mass Communication Specialists - MCs
Mass Communication Specialists are the Navy's journalists and photographers.
2. Culinary Specialist - CS
A CS in the Navy prepares menus, pays attention to the ordering of the quantity and quality of food, and operates galleys and other dining facilities. He or she may also function as a food service specialist for the President of the United States. In the civilian world, CSs could become chefs or dietitians.
3. Master-at-Arms - MA
A Master-at-Arms upholds law and order aboard ships and also at shore stations. After a Navy career, an MA would have a good chance of working as a detective, security guard, policeman, or policewoman.
4. Information System Technicians
An Information System Technician designs, installs, operates, and maintains state-of-art local and wide area networks, mainframe, mini, and microcomputer systems. As a civilian, this work would entail that of a computer systems analyst.
When joining the Navy, you not only get to see the world, but you also have a great opportunity to receive job training in a career that you could have for the rest of your life. Numerous exciting and challenging jobs will benefit both you and your country.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Paul Richard Kuehn