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From state-of-the-art bases and high-tech communications centers to port facilities and airstrips, the U.S. Navy completes hundreds of construction projects all over the world each year. And it’s up to the skilled members of the Navy Construction Battalion to get the jobs done. Standing among the most capable construction workers on earth, they live up to a bold motto: "We Build, We Fight."
The Navy Construction Battalion combines amazing efficiency, teamwork and reliability with an ability to build almost anything permanent or portable. With the Seabees, you may take on any one of a number of important roles, each of which is in high demand in both the military and civilian sectors. Jobs in the Navy Construction Battalion include: Builder, Construction Electrician, Construction Mechanic, Engineering Aid, Equipment Operator, Steelworker, and Utilitiesman.
As a Seabee, your work may include such diverse tasks as grading at a critical airstrip location, conducting soil tests for an amphibious landing zone or erecting the framework of a new barracks facility. You may also be called upon to:
Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Construction Battalion personnel in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, you may serve anywhere in the world, including locations in the U.S., at bases overseas, or in areas where humanitarian needs are great.
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.
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Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Seabees in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, Ill. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.
Beyond offering access to professional credentials and certifications, Navy technical and operational training in the field of construction can translate to credit hours toward a bachelor’s or associate degree through the American Council on Education. You may also continue your education through opportunities like the following:
A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to become an Enlisted Sailor in the Navy Construction Battalion. Those seeking a position with the Seabees must be U.S. citizens.