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Enlisted Sailors are members of the Navy or Navy Reserve who serve in an occupational specialty that requires a high school diploma (or GED) as a minimum educational requirement. Their responsibilities range from entry-level to Enlisted supervisory, advisory and managerial roles.

Path to Enlisting

What to Expect

In a nutshell, Enlisted Sailors make up the general workforce of the Navy and Navy Reserve. They hold hundreds of positions in dozens of different career and job areas, from cryptology to construction, nuclear operations to special operations.

These servicemembers tend to be highly specialized and perform functions that are typically very hands-on. Through education and experience, Enlisted Sailors may have the opportunity to become Commissioned Officers. Learn more about ways to join as an Enlisted Sailor in America’s Navy.