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What does it take to become a Navy Construction machinist

how can I become a Navy construction machinist? #navy #construction

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Hassan’s Answer

Best to talk to a recruiter about the requirements and likelihood to get this job.

https://www.navycs.com/navy-jobs/construction-mechanic.html says "Construction Mechanic class "A" school is approximately 16 weeks long, and the school is located in Port Hueneme, California. The CM rating requires a minimum 5 year enlistment obligation." It also recommends "The American Council on Education recommends the following semester hour credits in the associate and vocational degree programs, 3 semester hours for both automotive electrical systems and hydraulic brake service. An AA in Electrical/Mechanical Technology and an AAS in Mechanics and Maintenance with specialty in Mechanics can be earned from Coastline Community College and Thomas Edison State College, respectively."

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Darin’s Answer

Joining the military offers you a lot experiences and very valuable life, career and team building opportunities that will set you up for life pretty much but I will warn you it's not as easy as it looks. As someone whose been through the recruiting process and unfortunately was disqualified for medical issues (nothing serious) some little tips I can give you.

The first place your going to want to start is your local recruiters office. Each city should have one. Also approach your school guidance counselor. They should have connections as well. Your not the first student with military aspirations and you won't be the last.

Also start working out. You will be expected to do A LOT of running so get in shape now. Start small and work your way up. Start with a mile, then go to 2, then 3 and keep going further and further. Try and do as much running as you can. Try and push yourself to run it without walking or stopping. It's ok if you have to start walking if your running by yourself at home but know during bootcamp they will expect you to run. Work on your strength and core. Do a lot of push ups, sit ups, pull ups, crunches, lunges. There are a lot of military workouts you can find out there by just a simple Google or YouTube search.

Also study for the ASVAB. Visit your local library or check with your schools library. They should have study materials and books. You want to try and aim for the highest score you can get. The higher the score the more possibilities of careers you'll have, and there's jobs you probably didn't even know existed that are out there. You mentioned you want to be a construction machinist. A recruiter will be able to give you a list of careers and the scores required for each of them

The last piece of advice I can give you is you mentioned you want to join the Navy but consider visiting the other branches and see what they have to offer as well. I'd recommend doing that after taking the ASVAB test as your scores will transfer from branch to branch, and each branch will have different scores required for different jobs.

I'm wishing you nothing but the best of luck on your future!

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Demitri’s Answer

If you're interested in this line of work more than Navy work in particular, I recommend also looking at other branches of military and private industry. An old friend of mine went into the US Coast Guard studying and working in this field and has a successful career.

He started his repertoire of knowledge in the US Naval Sea Cadets, supplemented it with some hobby tinkering, went to an academy and off he went.