Originally Posted by racerxtaco
definitely not color blind and i'll be sure to get a hold of that manual. anyone know about the logistics of how the program might go? i am married and plan on having children and i understand that being in the service will take away a good bit of family time. just wondering.
Figure 6-month cruises at sea, followed by shore duty. Occasionally longer. Repeat.
On top of everything the others have said, make sure you are comfortable in the water at night, and are not claustrophobic. Basic SCUBA knowledge is good to have, but don't bother with advanced training. You'll just have to re-learn it the Navy way.
Post-service careers can be very lucrative depending on your skillset. Oil rigs, research and underwater photography can all pay extremely well. I have a friend who travels the world shooting dive video for corporations and research endeavors and he makes bank. If you can weld underwater, you're freakin' golden.
It can also be really hazardous. You can't hear anyone yell at you if they drop a beam or slab from above.