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Joining the Navy

A U.S. Navy Sailor stands at attention in front of the American flag.
The USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier (CVN 71) sails through the open ocean.
Be Part of Something Bigger Than Yourself

No matter your background, interests or goals, the Navy can help you unlock every opportunity. Find out everything you need to know about how to join the Navy, from ways you can serve to our requirements and what to expect on the journey ahead.

A large group of U.S. Navy recruits stand in group formations wearing formal attire

Requirements to Join

To succeed in the Navy, there are certain requirements Sailors must meet. Some standards include physical readiness, citizenship and education.

A Navy Sailor helps fold the United States flag during an evening colors ceremony aboard a Navy ship.


Whether you want to enlist, become an Officer, or serve in the Navy Reserve, there's a place for you in America's Navy. 

U.S. Navy Sailors receive haircuts at Recruit Training Command, also known as Navy Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois.


With this guide, learn what to expect on the adventure ahead, discover what boot camp is really like, and explore the career paths that interest you.