Earn your way through the Enlisted or Officer ranks Advancement

For the ambitious Sailor, there’s a nearly limitless opportunity to make a Navy career even more significant. Regardless of what job function or pay grade you have upon entering the Navy, there’s nothing to hold you back from attaining that next level of success – and enjoying the extra pay and professional satisfaction that mark your achievements.

Climbing the Ratings

What’s unique about the Navy is that once you’ve embarked on your career, the only way to go from there is up.

In fact, the Navy culture encourages Sailors to work their way up through the rates and ranks, advance their status, and take on positions of greater responsibility.

This is no corporate ladder. You’ll find that the Navy offers a professional support system unlike any other. One in which all Sailors have ample resources to succeed, whether through training, mentoring or even financial incentives.

Leadership Opportunities

Along with regular promotions come increased leadership opportunities. As you propel your career upwards, you’ll find yourself with greater responsibility – for the hardware you operate, for the vessels you pilot, for the safety and success of those around you.

You’ll likely find yourself becoming a leader in your own right as you hone the skills you need to motivate, train and communicate effectively. Skills that will benefit you beyond the Navy and in your everyday life.

It doesn’t matter how you get started. What matters is just how far you can push yourself. And in America’s Navy, it’s entirely possible to push yourself right to the top.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Part-time service opportunities are available in the Navy Reserve - offering many of the same great benefits as full-time service.