MIL q's about jobs available in the Navy to non-citizens

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  1. gaara46

    gaara46 OT Supporter

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    so i've pretty much decided that i'm going to join the navy. i took the computerized pre-asvab test and scored really high. (i should do the same on the actual asvab) i'm just waiting to finish up a class im currently enrolled in to start the enlistement process. i've completed over 130+ college credits also.

    however since i'm not a US citizen, doing some deeper reading i'm kinda nervous about what i'm going to be offered once i get to MEPS.

    if the choices are only from the ones in this link, i'm not sure i want to even go ahead with it at all.

    http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjob1/a/noncitizen.-uI6.htm

    photographers mate sounds really interesting, but it says its not offered anymore and is part of another job description that requires citzenship:wtc:

    basically i want to do something in either IT or arts/photography, but if those (absolutely) require US citizenship, i dont kno what other job will be useful/interesting.
     
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    unfortunately this is where a lot of people get screwed. what i notice most people doing who are not US citizens who want a job that requires citizenship (and a clearance) is go undesignated.

    be prepared for the worst 2 years of your life though. you can choose to be an engineer, deck seaman, or airman.

    engineer will work with the ships engineering plants, in 110+ degree spaces for hours at a time, with long watches and little actual sleep in your rack.

    deck seaman will find their homes outside on the weather decks. painting, chipping, grinding will be your daily routine along with lots and lots of cleaning. also stand watches such as lookouts and navigation in addition to your normal workday.

    airman are going to be working on the larger ships, or in wings. cant say a whole lot since the ones on the ship were barely seen, but they did a bit of every job and im sure someone else could explain better.


    i do not however condone going in undesignated. find an actual rate that doesnt require citizenship and do that one for a couple years at least and then cross rate into something you really want to do.
     
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    well i just called my recruiter and he said a mass communications specialist doesnt require citizenship. IT does however.

    he also said that i could get my citizenship in a year after joining and then cross-trade or whatevr to get into my new field once im in.

    shrug?
     
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    you cant change jobs after 1 year in. i think it is either 18 months or 24 months. you can however probably get your citizenship that fast.

    MC isnt a bad job really, especially if you are just doing your time before crossing over to IT. it is made up of the old photographer, journalist, and draftsman rates. so your job can be anything from taking pictures, to writing newsletters, to being a news anchor.
     
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    cool thanks for the info man:cool:
     
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    If you don't mind seeing blood a lot go Corpsman (HM) and head for the greenside. Everyone will love you (as long as you aren't a tool), you'll gain a lot of knowledge and have a lot of opportunities.
     

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