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Navy Life

A U.S. Navy Sailor aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier enjoys herself during a day off aboard the ship.
A U.S. Navy Sailor looks out over the ocean from inside a helicopter as an aircraft carrier transits the sea.
What's It Like To Be a Sailor?

What is it actually like to live and work as a Sailor in America’s Navy? Find out about the Navy’s mission, how we train, where we live and what you and your family can expect from Day One when you join.

A U.S. Navy Sailor is manning the rails aboard an aircraft carrier.

Who We Are

For over 200 years, America’s Navy has maintained freedom of the seas. Find out more about the Navy’s mission and what our sailors protect.

Navy recruits march at Navy boot camp in Great Lakes, IL

Navy Boot Camp

Recruit Training Command, better known as Navy Boot Camp, is the first place you’ll go as an enlisted Recruit to learn how to become a Sailor.

Navy boatswain's mates work with the ropes on a Navy ship


Many of our jobs take place aboard ships, in and out of port. See what it’s like onboard our vessels and find out which role is right for you.

Navy Sailors on base.

Life on a Base

The Navy has bases all over the US and around the globe. Find out what it’s like to live and work at one of our Active Duty or Reserve installations.

Jamison Ware, member of the Navy Aviation Rescue team

Sailor Stories

In our series, "Faces of the Fleet," discover the journeys of the men and women who make up our Navy community – told by the Sailors themselves.

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What to Expect: Families

Whether you’re a spouse wondering about Navy health insurance or a guardian curious about your Sailor's future, we’re here to answer your questions.

Navy Recruits in a drill exercise on a flight deck

Que Esperar: Familias

Obtenga más información sobre la vida en la Navy con nuestras útiles preguntas y respuestas.