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Thanks for the info! So even if I prequalify for diver rating there's still no garuntee I would make it into dive school? Is there ANY way I can get a 100% garuntee I could make it into dive school before deployment? I've read some things of people saying in DEP you can get a guarantee.Guilty.
"Diver" is a primary rating now, meaning that it is the job your advancement is based on. Diver was a secondary rating before sometime in the 1990s and when I was in. The distinction is important because you had to take advancement tests for skills that you may not be working in. For example I was an Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician, or AX2 (DV) -- basically an electronics tech, and never saw an aircraft or the electronics onboard.
I heard that advancement is currently limited for Navy Divers from a career standpoint. The rating is now "Navy Diver" or ND. That means that there are a limited number of billets open for higher ranks. Getting perfect performance evaluations and scores on tests still might result in not moving to the next pay grade.
Here is the US Navy Training Schedule:
Scuba, 25 training days
Second Class Diver, 89 training days
First Class Diver, 65 training days
Yes Navy Diver training is hard, but nothing like BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL) training where you become a Special Warfare Operator or SO). A "training day" is a good 8 hours and includes PT (Physical Training), classroom, and in-water training. A motivated individual with good swimming, physical, and mechanical skills will have no problem. I could never have been a SEAL. I just don't have the cold tolerance required to do the job even if I didn’t "ring the bell".
Check with your local recruiter. You "might" be able to take some tests that pre-qualify you for the ND rating. That is no guarantee since the "needs of the Navy" always takes precedent in an enlistment contract, but puts you way ahead of people who don’t take that step.
The primary job for a Second Class Diver, which is a rating and not the rank, is ship’s husbandry. For example your rank, or pay grade, could be Third Class Petty Officer with a Second Class Diver rating. Ships husbandry is mostly shallow work inside harbors inspecting and repairing ships, submarines, and port facilities. More exciting billets go to First Class Divers, usually with years of experience and First Class Petty Officer (ND1) ranks and above -- work like salvage, submarine rescue, R&D/Research at NEDU, support for Special Warfare operations, and Saturation Diving. As a Second Class Diver you will become very panic resistant, comfortable working in zero visibility, certified in open-circuit SCUBA and surface supplied diving, learn basic skills for salvage and repair, and air/Nitrox diving physics and physiology far beyond what recreational divers are exposed to.
Where do you live? Navy Diver training and NEDU (Naval Experimental Diving Unit) is located in Panama City Florida. You could probably get a tour if you ask the right people. You can also learn a lot by buying a few drinks at local diver bars. This is a career decision that could effect the rest of your life, even if you only spend four years in the Navy. As an enthusiastic recreational diver, it would be worth the trip just to see NEDU even if you decide to become an accountant!
Thanks for the info! So even if I prequalify for diver rating there's still no garuntee I would make it into dive school? Is there ANY way I can get a 100% garuntee I could make it into dive school before deployment? I've read some things of people saying in DEP you can get a guarantee.
A couple things are surprising (to me)Here is a video on US Navy Diver training:
A couple things are surprising (to me)
I can't think of a good reason why the Navy would use yoke first stages (on the backup gas for surface tended and free divers)
There was way too much hand sculling on those free divers. I would expect much better control