Any men out there that formerly or are currently serving in the Navy?

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    Nov 26, 2013 6:12 PM GMT
    I am considering applying for the Naval HPSP or HSCP scholarship to help with the burden of paying for medical school. I'm really interested in the joining the Navy and having a athletic background the idea of keeping structure in my life really appeals to me. Any guys out there that serve or have served? What have your experiences been like? My only concerns are how I will fit in being gay and how possibly having to move constantly will affect my personal relationships.
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    Nov 26, 2013 7:43 PM GMT
    I was in the Navy long ago, 1972-1978, before Don't Ask Don't Tell so being out wasn't an option. Unless you're militant about being out keeping your sexuality to yourself might make things easier; the military tends to be a more conservative crowd.

    Given your goal of keeping fit I'd think the Air Force might make that easier; it's harder to stay fit when you're on a ship. And imagine lifting weights on a ship when it's going up and down from the ocean swells.

    Marines are fitness fanatics, but if they get deployed to Iraq or combat zones you could end up coming back missing a limb or something.
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    Nov 26, 2013 8:09 PM GMT
    If being gay in the military is your main concern, then it's probably not a good idea. When you join the military, you're a sailor/Marine/soldier/airman first. Everything else is secondary.
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    Nov 26, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidI was in the Navy long ago, 1972-1978, before Don't Ask Don't Tell so being out wasn't an option. Unless you're militant about being out keeping your sexuality to yourself might make things easier; the military tends to be a more conservative crowd.

    Given your goal of keeping fit I'd think the Air Force might make that easier; it's harder to stay fit when you're on a ship. And imagine lifting weights on a ship when it's going up and down from the ocean swells.

    Marines are fitness fanatics, but if they get deployed to Iraq or combat zones you could end up coming back missing a limb or something.


    I was more referring to structure in the holistic sense. Being a college athlete and having to be up early and stay on a strict schedule, push myself to my limits mentally and physically, having to be a team leader and also know how to listen to others and those above you. I think the military will help keep those aspects of my life that I thrive on alive. Thanks for the advice though!
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    Nov 26, 2013 10:39 PM GMT
    xrichx saidIf being gay in the military is your main concern, then it's probably not a good idea. When you join the military, you're a sailor/Marine/soldier/airman first. Everything else is secondary.


    Not helpful information, but thanks for commenting anyway, I guess.
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    Nov 26, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    Tri14 saidI was more referring to structure in the holistic sense. Being a college athlete and having to be up early and stay on a strict schedule, push myself to my limits mentally and physically, having to be a team leader and also know how to listen to others and those above you. I think the military will help keep those aspects of my life that I thrive on alive. Thanks for the advice though!

    That would definitely be the Marines. The others, not so much.
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    Mar 13, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    I'm currently in the Navy reserves. I work with plenty of active duty though. My experience up and down the chain of command is that no one cares as long as you do your job well. If you suck, they'll use it (or any other convenient excuse) to get rid of you but if you're good, you're good.

  • Mar 14, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
    I am currently active duty and stationed overseas. I joined a year before DADT was repealed and for the most part there hasn't been much difference from what I saw. The Navy like anything has it's ups and downs and depending on your chain on command the amount of BS u might have to deal with. Like I tell my friends, some people should not have the amount of power they do in the military. For the most part tho I really have enjoyed my enlistment. It is not as physically demanding as you might think and being on a ship for 8-9 months wasn't too bad for me. It's like groundhogs day.
    The toughest part for me was finding a routine at the beginning. You are still young and am sure have considered other options. I joined later and didn't want to look back and say "what if" or " I wonder how it would have been if" kind of thing. I am an air traffic controller and knew that the Navy wasn't going to be a career for me but still kept an open mind.
    I hope this helped some and feel free to message me with any other questions or clarifications. Best of wishes on whatever you decide.