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How do I join the Navy?

If you’re looking to learn more about becoming part of America’s Navy, right away you’ll want answers to some pretty important questions. Do I qualify for Navy service? How long would I be required to serve? What’s the actual process of becoming a Sailor? What kind of training could I expect to undergo?

The answers to these and other questions depend upon a variety of factors, including whether you’re new to the military, whether you’re currently serving in the military or whether you’ve previously served in the military. And beyond that, are you interested in serving full-time in the Navy or part-time in the Navy Reserve?

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I don’t have prior military experience, so I need to know how to go about joining and serving in the Navy.

I have prior military experience and want to reconnect so I need some details on how to go about affiliating with the Navy.

I’m currently in the military and considering a change, so I need some details on how to go about transitioning into the Navy.

Enlisted and Officer – What’s the Difference?

All members of the Navy and Navy Reserve are Sailors, first and foremost. Beyond that, Sailors are classified as either Enlisted or Officer. Find out why and what it means.

Learn more about Enlisted Sailors
Learn more about Commissioned Officers