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What do Seabees do?

What do United States Naval Seabees normally do on a daily basis? #military #navy

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The term Seabees comes from "CBs", which stands for "Construction Batallions". The day to day work for a Seabee varies depending on what their actual job is. When I was a young sailor, I spent a few months working with Seabees as we closed my base down. I was essentially apprenticed to the BU (builders) team at the time, but did work a bit with some of the other groups. The BUs seemed to function as the multi-purpose general contractors. We would do things like repair walls and ceilings, perform structural improvements in base housing, light demolition (tearing down walls or breaking up concrete). During my time there, I also got friendly with the CMs (construction mechanics), who maintained the base's motor pool vehicles, as well as all the construction equipment. Sometimes, when things were really broken, we had to rely on the SW (steelworker) to bring the welding equipment over and put things back together.

In short, the Seabees handle all the construction and public works type jobs. They build things and maintain them. They are a wonderful, fun, group of professionals. If you're interested in the trades, I highly recommend meeting with some Seabees and hearing more about it from them. Your local Navy Recruiter should be able to help you out with this.

Thank you for the information! William W.

No problem. Feel free to let me know if there's anything else I can help you out with. Chris Snell

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Mitchell’s Answer

The long and short of Seabee life is various trades of construction. I'm not a Seabee myself, but there are plenty at my current command. There are 7 different Seabee rates (or "jobs" in the Navy): Builder (BU), Construction Electrician (CE), Construction Mechanic (CM), Engineering Aide (EA), Equipment Operator (EO), Steelworker (SW) and Utilitiesman (UT). They all do exactly what they sound like they do. There's tons of information online for specifics, but if you're considering the Navy for the seagoing opportunities, look elsewhere. While technically Seabees CAN go on ships, the vast majority never will. In fact, I never met a Seabee until after I left my ship. Their life is more akin to Army life, from what the Seabees here have told me.

I've attached a link for more information! Google will take you far if you're considering enlisting. Rule #1: Never listen to your recruiter! Good luck!

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Check this site for a little bit more specifics on each rate: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/navy-enlisted-rating-job-descriptions-3345858
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