Career Details

US Navy - Boatswain Mate 1st Class


Career Overview

A boatswain's mate spends most of their time outside engaging in any of the following duties - serving as a lookout, repairing and maintaining equipment, operating telephone systems, transferring supplies from ship to ship.


A high school diploma or equivalent is necessary to be admitted into the US Navy. Applicants must also be US citizens, at least 17 years old, and able to pass a drug test. In addition, they may not have been convicted of a felony and be able to pass a background investigation. There are other physical requirements that must be met including attending an eight-week boot camp.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$19,000 /yr
$40,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Communication
  • Trade-related courses
Future Outlook

The job outlook for jobs in the military (in general) looks good over the next 10 years.

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Work Environment

Members of the US Navy will be stationed at various locations around the world. Any military position can potentially be dangerous, and will likely involve being transferred to many different locations throughout a career. A boatswain's mate spends the majority of their time outside, and most of their work is very physical in nature.


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