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Haha yes, for boot camp, and when actually doing your Navy work after that, in uniform and all, you’ll have to have the nose piercing out.
But your off time is your off time and lots of people have extra piercings; I dated a guy who had a tongue ring (yeah I don’t get it), and I myself have TWO ear piercings per ear (pretty crazy I know), and could only wear one brushed-silver-earball-no-wider-than-7mm-or-something in uniform per ear. But I was always going wild with the two earrings when I was off on liberty!
As much as I REALLY don’t want to go against anyone’s mom…
It kind of sounds like this is something you really want to do, so maybe do some research online, talk to a recruiter, and then talk to her about all the research you’ve done and the options there are. There’s no reason this shouldn’t be your own decision, but you should keep her involved.
It was similar for me—I think if I didn’t join the Navy, I never would have left home and tried to figure things out on my own. I kept telling myself I would save money to do college and set out on my own…but at 18 I just went and bought a pizza instead. Even though it was never going to be my life’s career I knew it would the Navy would at least get me going!
Also I’m not sure what she has against the Navy…maybe it’s a perfectly reasonable concern, but if it’s political/superficial/rumor-based, there are lots of reasons the Navy can be a good option, in my opinion, and hopefully, if you decide it’s a good option for you, your mom will come around!
To James Garner, who totally had ‘it.’
(James Garner during the Korean War. Jeez you can barely make out his handsome face in this shitty lo-res photo.)
Back in the day it was like all the awesome actors had military experience—can we please make that a thing again?
Some famous veterans who happen to be ladies would be ideal!
I’m honored to be wearing these uniforms. Hooyah!
IKE Shooter Gangnam Style
This needs no explanation.
Damn pilots. :) Wouldn’t even have that steam for the catapults if it wasn’t for Reactor Department, slaving away in the decks below!
Ah you got this, boot camp will be a fine, though maybe a bit warm in the middle of July, just follow rules and get yelled at! I’ve written some things about it, and so has this girl, and yeah it’s just this thing you get through then you’re in the real Navy.
Also I love it that women like you and I joined because our dads were in, that is SO cool.
Good luck to you! HM should be super interesting!
Nah didn’t go to the Naval Academy, just enlisted. I wanted to study something creative, fun and just for me in college (English lit and writing), and don’t think the Naval Academy would have been the right place for that…knew some lovely officers who went there though!
None of these shenanigans!
Nice one, BMW, but mostly in my head I’m nerding it up going through the reasons this would be impossible. (photo from here)
That being said though there’s definitely real-life precedent for the carcraft carrier:
Nicholas Lord, an active duty US Navy Sailor, who works as a nuclear engineer threatened to rape a future navy recruit for posing in workout gear after losing weight.
"[T]he outcry from other service members against Mr. Lord was overwhelming condemnation. Many of them researched who he was, where he was stationed, what chain of command he fell under, and within a few short hours after the comment Naval Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), his chain of command, the Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Coordinator (SAPR), and the HQ and higher levels of the Navy were all notified."
What an asshole. I found this out from some of my former nuke buddies and everyone was completely appalled. I hope this dickhead doesn’t discourage anyone from joining because the reaction from real sailors has been far more impressive than his cowardly comment.
At the navy.com website, they address issues that enlisting women might be wondering about. I don’t think it covers anything, or even remotely what I was wondering as an immature 18 year old (“Can I date AT ALL ever? I mean I know I haven’t until now but I might some day!” “I don’t understand what duty is. Haha—duty.”)
What they answer:
- WHAT JOBS CAN WOMEN APPLY FOR IN THE NAVY?
- IS THERE A HEIGHT AND WEIGHT REQUIREMENT FOR WOMEN TO JOIN THE NAVY?
- WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE PHYSICAL TRAINING TEST?
- DO WOMEN HAVE TO PASS ANY SPECIAL MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS TO ENLIST?
- CAN SINGLE MOTHERS ENLIST? IF SO, HOW LONG COULD THEY BE AWAY FROM THEIR CHILDREN?
- DO WOMEN TRAIN SEPARATELY FROM MEN?
- WHAT ARE THE GROOMING REQUIREMENTS FOR WOMEN IN THE NAVY?
- WHAT KIND OF HAIRCUT CAN I HAVE? CAN I WEAR MY HAIR IN A PONYTAIL OR HAVE BRAIDS?
- CAN I HAVE MY HAIR COLORED?
- CAN I WEAR A WIG OR HAIRPIECE?
- CAN I HAVE BEADS OR OTHER MATERIALS IN MY HAIR? WHAT ABOUT CLIPS AND BOBBY PINS?
- CAN I WEAR MAKEUP OR OTHER COSMETICS?
Hmm I never heard that, actually the urban myth I heard was that everyone’s cycles would sync up because we were all so close… Didn’t see that either. The guys asked me if the showers like ran red during that time of the month becuase they heard that myth. No, dudes, gross.
I wouldn’t call Navy boot camp high-stress either…just sort of funny and sleep-deprived.
Honestly though, it’s up to you if you want to go on any birth control! In my case, I thought it was pretty cool to go on the pill because knowing when my Happy Girly Fun Time would come and go was quite nice. And it did really seem to make my cramps more bearable. Plus it’s free so why not!
In A school, absolutely that’s common! In nuke school we had a common sort-of-recreation area that had computers if you didn’t have one, so there was that option too.
Yeah you’d probably have to get someone to mail your phone to you once you arrived at A school if you wanted it I suppose. I think I just got a new one. There weren’t any restrictions on those kinds of things once you left boot camp! Except that you couldn’t like have them in the school building or anything, duh.
Then once you’re on your ship, your laptop is your source of entertainment—people download movies, tv series, share DVDs (I bought so many Amazon DVDs underway), play nerdy games, so yeah many many laptops!
I actually just got asked that. Is that something people actually assume?!
ALL the ladies I know from the Navy are smoking hot foxes!
Hey ladies, did you know you can join the Navy and get a free birth control prescription, making it possible to SLUT IT UP all the live long day??
Nah actually it was just cool to be on the pill and get rid of that crazy monthly pain so I could work more without wanting to claw my ovaries out.