Talking To A Navy Recruiter

We know that when exploring the options within the U.S. Navy, you may have a lot of questions, and it’s not always simple to uncover the answers. The first step toward joining the Navy is meeting with a recruiter, and we know many of you may be wondering how to prepare for that experience. First of all, do your research before meeting with your recruiter. The more you know before that meeting, the more questions you’ll get answered by a knowledgeable professional. Get an idea of what areas of the Navy may interest you, so that you can find out as much information about them as possible. Call your local recruiter first. They may be able to provide answers and insights you are looking for before you come in. When you meet with a recruiter, you’ll need to bring a photo I.D. Your driver’s license or passport are both acceptable. Make sure you bring a pen and paper too. If you have any questions or thoughts that arise during the meeting, you’ll want to write them down. That way, you can be fully prepared the next time you speak with your recruiter. Dress nicely. This is your first chance to make a great impression. The Navy follows a strict dress code while in uniform and they will be impressed if you do the same. Here are some examples of questions to ask your recruiter. After your questions are answered, schedule a follow-up meeting with the recruiter. If you’re unsure, take some time to think about it. Talk it over with friends, family and those you trust. For more information about Navy recruiting or to find your local recruiter, visit

23 thoughts on “Talking To A Navy Recruiter

  1. what about the pre asvab test before u take the asvab to join the navy i still can past the pre asvab

  2. No it's just that the aptitude test is obviously to gauge your aptitude in certain fields. Studying gives a false impression of your strengths and weaknesses.

  3. Typical aptitude question…a ball is in the center of the bed of a pickup truck. The truck turns right. What is the initial direction the ball will roll? This is in the physics section of the one i took many moons ago.

  4. Whatever you do, do not take the Navy's "Apprenticeship" program. If that's all they offer you, then you need to get your ASVAB score up before you sign and figure out what you want to do. 

  5. Most important questions:  Ask the recruiter for the contact information for the training command, so you can call and speak to low level sailors about your rate and Navy life.  Their phones are almost ALWAYS manned by junior personnel.  If the recruiter denies this information to you it's because they're trying to keep something from you.  The contact information can be readily found on the internet.  Also ask them for the contact info for a possible duty station and again speak with the junior that answers the phone.  Navy life can be difficult and there isn't much room for personal rights.  Medical can be hugely incompetent at times.  And sailors are routinely encouraged to 'rat' each other out even if a person wasn't involved.  You also will be working 18 Hours a day normally (whether out at sea or not) and cleaning and standing watch are a way of life as well.  Remember: once you're in, they own you….

  6. @America's Navy  I almost joined but they think I'm diseased or something because I was born as an XY chrmosome female. Opening my medical records in an attempt for a waiver only made things worse. Wasted nearly 10 months of my life in the pursuit of getting permission to enlist, but was still disqualified. I wrote to my congressman for an investigation on my behalf and the Dept of the Navy still couldn't explain how I am not suitable for military service. Insulting and really disheartening.

  7. I went to a recruiter to talk about navy and how everything works. Instead he nags me to take the asvab without having to study. What the hell, he's so rude and unprofessional

  8. I'm 17, and about to go into my senior year in high school. WHEN should I go into the recruiting office to sign my contract? I already know exactly what I want to do. Should I wait until like the 3rd quarter of my senior year? Or as soon as I can? Someone help I can't find the answer anywhere

  9. I'm a sophomore and I'm looking for very specific information about NROTC and NROTC scholarships. I've been redirected to my local recruiter every time. I want to make a good impression, and I'm not sure how a 15 year old walking into a recruiters office will look. But this is conversation I need to have soon. Any suggestions?

  10. This was completely useless to me. I want to join the navy just to get a SEAL contract. I have no interest in anything else. I'll die in BUDs training before getting put on a ship for dropping. lol

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