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can you do welding for the military

i want to go to the navy and do underwater welding for them or any type of welding. Also would i have to have more and a certificate in the industry such as a degree.

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Joseph’s Answer

You can talk to a recruiter and they can set you up to learn welding. Or you can go to welding school and then join the military with the special skill. It's up to you.
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T. Paul’s Answer

The military will provide the training you will need to perform your job.
Thank you comment icon Can you give a little more detail? Are there welding positions within the military? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Molly’s Answer

Hey, I checked with my cousin who is a civilian welder for the US military. He's 25 years old and was hired after he had experience. He got his AAS in welding. He did his internship with a power plant and he worked overseas as well. He said once you get some experience you can get added to a list and people reach out often with opportunities. He did say it was harder getting started but now he's to turn jobs down because there is such a high demand.

I hope that helps!

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Daniel’s Answer

The military is unique in that you can enlist in one position and that may not be the position that your career will be centered around. It's entirely possible that something else will be more your speed once you're fully integrated. That being said, underwater welding is a very physically demanding job that not every single person is suited for, so my suggestion would be to have an open mind and not be so rigid in your outlook that the military becomes a very poor choice for your life as a whole. I suggest you find out if you are physically capable of doing the job before committing to it. Land welding is rewarding on its own and financially becoming certified to work in the gas or nuclear fields can solve your problems and not get wet at all.

There will be a certain amount of availability per job in the military, including underwater welding, but that's going to be based solely on their need for that type of skill and if they have qualified people to do that when you enlist. And those are really large gambles to risk. I'm not sure you're going to get a better answer to that particular question, and I'm sorry if I wasn't able to help with your choice.
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