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An Interview with Navy ________________________About Navy EducationQ Some people in our school have aspirations for college while others have a pressing needto start earning money. The Navy talks a lot about educational opportunities. What do you reallymean by that?A First let’s agree that a traditional college-to-career path is not always right for everyone.The Navy understands that. That’s why there is a wide variety of educational support programsavailable. That said, let me also point out that our Navy wants every job to be handled by thesmartest and most highly trained people available so, in essence, it is all about education whetherit is in a Navy technical school, a college environment, help with courses while on duty or on-the-job training.Q When you talk about “Navy” school, what do you mean?A When each recruit leaves the processing station for basic training, or boot camp, he or sheis already destined for a school where specific advanced job skills are taught. For some peoplethis may mean construction skills such as steel working, or maybe aviation technician training.For others it can be radar, nuclear or missile technology, or mass communications, or hospitalcorps training. These are just a few examples. But Navy schools don’t end there, and it’s not justfor enlisted people. Officers attend schools for strategy development, logistics, warfaretechniques and other specialized training. The Navy also offers schooling for people to transitionbetween enlisted jobs and officer jobs. And let’s not forget that the Navy also has colleges suchas the Naval Academy in Annapolis MD and several others that are Navy from the start.Q Can someone get financial assistance from the Navy and go to a school such as a Stateuniversity?A Certainly that is possible. One way is to enroll in a Naval ROTC program at schools thatoffer them. That way the Navy pays for a big chunk of the schooling and some specifically Navycourses in things like navigation and telecommunications are sometimes rolled into thecurriculum. Another way is to enroll in a degree program while on enlisted duty. Just as manycompanies have a tuition reimbursement program for advanced study, so too does the Navy oftencover such costs.Q I have heard that the Navy actually offers scholarships. Is that true?A Yes it is true. The specifics are too involved to get into here, so if anyone is interested,they can call our recruiting station. Nevertheless, a Navy scholarship is valued at about $180,000these days. That’s pretty significant.
Q How do we find out more about the Navy’s education support programs?A Nearly all the information is available in the Education Opportunities section of thewww.navy.com website, but we can also provide additional information and help to navigate thesite at the recruiting station. To reach us, simply contact our station by calling ______________,or stop in most afternoons at ____________________________________. If you or an out of-town friend want to locate another station near them, visit www.navy.com and click on “find arecruiter” on the right side of the home page, then enter your zip code number. A call to 800-4go–Navy will do the trick as well.Additional comment:To put the Navy’s role in perspective, you need to recognize that 70 percent of the world iscovered by ocean, 80 percent of the world’s population lives along coasts and 90 percent of theworld’s commerce travels by water. Protecting all of that is our job, and that makes America’sNavy a global force for good.Sailors serve on land and from the sea; from ships on the water, submarines under the water, andplanes and helicopters over the water – all to meet America’s threats far away so that thosethreats cannot harm us here. We welcome the best men and women to join us in accomplishingtoday’s missions and meeting tomorrow’s challenges. - 30 –