This is my first post, my name is Rob, I did a small stint of a year and 3 months in the Navy as an IT. I was only able to pick up a few skills during my time as I was stationed in Norfolk on shore duty after “A” School.
I’ve spent the last several years since, bouncing around careers and interests still not sure of what to do. I do know however that I wish I had stayed in the Navy and I need to do something more serious with my time since I have a Kid on the way.
I looked through this forum a bit before this post as I wasn’t sure where to start. I’ve got a ton of questions and I feel like I unfortunately have to take this route instead of the intended way to search for info on here.
For any of these questions I’ll equally happy to receive a link to an answer if it is too long to type the response.
I believe RET (Radio Electronics Technician) is essentially the same thing as IT in the Navy correct?
It seems like time off is different, where people will refer to their schedules in fractions, 6/3 for instance, does this mean 6 months out to sea and 3 months shore, or is it in weeks or days? I could also just be reading this wrong entirely. When I was on Shore Duty, I worked rotating shifts of 4-10s (4 10 hour days) that rotated start times each week, leaving me with roughly 3.5 days off. I’ve also seen mention of working 160+ days out of the year, meaning getting several months off out of the year? I’m actually more inclined to like a schedule where I’m home for large chunks of time to spend with family instead of wasting time commuting. The dilemma I come across is, does the pay while working really cover the time you’re not working? Does one have to show up every day even while your ship is in home port?
It seem like their are several Maritime companies with different ships etc. do Mariners work on different vessels throughout the year or do you get “orders” to one particular ship? Can one work for different companies throughout the year?
Is there a difference between working on a Cruise Liner and any other ship as far as operations is concerned? I won’t be interested in the service industry aboard any ship or boat.
I’ve heard pay and benefits are great, from the numbers I’ve seen so far when I search for jobs they don’t seem bad but I can’t seem to find an entry level position in RET, I’ve seen 2nd RET on the MSC site plenty but is it the same thing for every company? I made IT3 just before I got out and had my pay kicked in in time that’s what my paperwork would say instead of ITSN.
When I left the Navy I got an RE-4 reenlistment code, for some of you, you already know what that means, for others, I’ll say the short version is I’d have to jump through major hoops to get back in and probably an Officer’s signature. That being said I do have an Honorable Discharge so do any companies have any qualms with an RE-4 including the MSC?
I just turned 30, is there an age limit at all? I came across one article earlier that had mentioned can’t be over 25 but I’m fairly certain that was for an Officer thing.
I’m sure I’m missing questions but I’ll leave this here for now and fill in more as they come to me.
Thanks all, in advance for your help.