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CHAPTER 16

OPPORTUNITIES IN THE NAVY

WHAT THE NAVY OFFERS

After a man has mastered the general military details of the profession, the Navy holds forth a number of different specialties with excellent opportunities for instruction and training therein. Early in his enlistment it will pay every man to decide for which of these numerous branches he deems himself best fitted, constantly bearing in mind the fact that irrespective of his rating, he must be first a man-of-warsman, and, secondly, a specialist in his own particular rating

Application and industry in any of the Navy branches, combined with absolute obedience and strict compliance with the rules of military discipline, can not fail to win for the intelligent man promotion to the rating of chief petty officer. Having attained this rating, men of ambition and ability are often promoted to the rank of warrant officer, and every opportunity is given the warrant officer to fit himself for a commission.

SERVICE SCHOOLS The bureau's policy in regard to service schools changes from year to year, depending upon the requirements of the fleet.

The schools are grouped into four general classes, A, B, C, and D. The schools belonging to these classes are enumerated below.

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Nonrated men only are eligible for class A schools, except a few individual requests of blacksmiths and coppersmiths will be considered for electroplating instruction in the aviation metalsmith course.

Petty officers only are eligible for class B schools, except in the case of fire-control school and photographers' schools.

In class C the recruiters school is for petty officers only; in class D the underwater cutting torch school is for qualified divers; and gas mask school for petty officers only.

The manner of making out requests to these schools should be obtained from the division officer. The length of the courses is given in a Bureau of Navigation circular letter or in the Bureau of Navigation Manual.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY TO SERVICE

SCHOOLS The requirements for entry to any of these service schools are

(a) Detail to school should be desired by the man concerned.

(6) He must have a good record.

(c) He must have shown aptitude for the trade represented by the school.

(d) He must possess an elementary knowledge of arithmetic and be able to work simple problems in addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, and cancellation, decimals, and simple proportion.

(e) He must be able to read, spell, and write English with a fair degree of ability, and, in general, possess the equivalent of a grammar-school education.

(f) He must receive a mark of not less than 50 in the general classification test, given by an officer in accordance with the bureau's instructions (nonrated men only).

(9) He shall not have attended any other school during current enlistment except that a graduate of an elementary school (class A) may attend one advanced school (class B) or one special school (class C) during the same enlistment; also a graduate of an advanced school (class B) may attend one special school (class C) during the same enlistment.

(h) À statement signed by the man concerned that no reasons exist nor can any be foreseen that will necessitate a request for a special-order discharge must be filed with his record.

(i) There shall be at least two years remaining to serve on current enlistment or enlistment as extended at date of completion of the course. APPOINTMENT OF ENLISTED MEN TO NAVAL

ACADEMY The law authorizes the appointment of 100 midshipmen annually from the enlisted personnel of the Navy

and Marine Corps. The Secretary of the Navy may appoint not more than 25 midshipmen to the Naval Academy from the Naval Reserve and the Marine Corps Reserve under similar conditions as prescribed by law for appointments from enlisted men of the Navy. The men are first required to take a preliminary examination to determine their qualifications and, if found satisfactory, are then sent to the Naval Academy preparatory class for further preparation for the regular Naval Academy entrance examinations. The 100 men who stand highest in these entrance examinations and who make a passing mark in each subject will be appointed midshipmen.

The following are the qualifications necessary for enlisted men who want to become midshipmen:

(a) Be of officer caliber.
(6) Be a citizen of the United States.

(c) Have enlisted in the Navy or Marine Corps on or before July 1 of the year preceding that in which the examination is held. (d) Be not less than 16 or more than 20 years

of age on April 1 of the year in which the examination is held.

(e) Have had two years in high school or an equivalent education and have passed successfully at least two half years of algebra and one-half year geometry.

(f) Be able to pass the required examination.

PROMOTION TO WARRANT RANK

The qualifications necessary for promotion to warrant rank are as folows:

(a) Must be under 35 years of age on date of appointment.

(6) The average marks in proficiency of rating as shown by his service record, excluding the marks assigned during his first year of service, must be not less than 3.4 on a scale of 4.0.

(c) The man must be able to read and write English with facility, understand the first four rules of arithmetic and proportion, be able to keep a correct account of stores, and be thoroughly conversant with all instructions and regulations pertaining to the duties of the grade for which he is to be examined.

(d) The man must be able to pass the required professional examination.

(e) The man must be serving under continuous service as a chief petty officer or petty officer, first class, have not less than five years' sea service, and at least one year must have been served in the rating of chief or petty officer, first class.

PROMOTION TO COMMISSIONED RANK

Warrant officers, including chief warrant officers, within the age limit of 35 years, who have served not less than four years as warrant officers and who can pass a satisfactory examination, may obtain commissions in the line of the Navy.

Advancement in rating-General. See page 217. Advancement in rating-Service qualification. See

Advancement in rating-Qualifications in marks. See page 218.

page 217.

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