Joining the Navy for the Love of the Sea

Joining the Navy for the Love of the Sea
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As a graduating high school senior looking ahead to the future I realize that we need to create our own plan and our own motivation.   I like the Ocean and the marine life within it and I am also motivated by the benefits of enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

The United Nations has 17 Global Goals for the sustainable development of our planet and the protection of basic human rights.  I believe our security depends on the success we have in achieving these goals.

UN SDGoal #14 states that “Healthy oceans and seas are essential to our existence. They cover 70 percent of our planet and we rely on them for food, energy and water. Yet, we have managed to do tremendous damage to these precious resources. We must protect them by eliminating pollution and overfishing and immediately start to responsibly manage and protect all marine life around the world.”

Goal 14: Life Below Water | The Global Goals

How can I demonstrate the current state of progress in meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development goal # 14.5 ?

I want to go beyond just donating money to save our oceans, I want to really be a part of the change. So after I learn from the experience in the US Navy, I’ll be having the Navy pay for college and I’ll take courses on marine biology, then Ill be real smart with that stuff. So then I can create my own organization that stems to saving the whales and other animals that are being illegally hunted. I plan to focus my career towards this after the Navy.

Whaling is the act of killing whales for their oils, meat, and whalebone. Consequences from over-whaling include increased carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming and leads to melting of the polar ice caps and changes in the eating habits of many marine animals. Phytoplankton is also a main food source for many species and is important for fish to be healthy and thriving.  

For More Information on Citizen Action to meet UN SDGoal # 14:

What you can do to help will be found in this link.

Steps for enlisting in the Navy

1.Contact a local recruiter. This is when you will be able to ask questions, receive answers, and discuss your future in the Navy.

 2.Discuss your options with friends and family. This is not required but getting outside opinions can go a long way in helping you better understand what you should and should not be doing. This is not a time for others to talk you out of enlisting. Instead, it is time to have an open conversation regarding your personal situation and goals.

  1. Submit your application. You cannot simply tell your recruiter that you want to join the Navy. No matter what, you will need to submit an application. Are you interested in an Office or Enlisted position? The answer to this question will alter the application process.

4.Time for processing. Once your application is approved and you are ready to move forward, it is time to go through the Military Entrance Processing Station. During this time, you will do four things: take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, take your physical, complete a pre-enlistment interview, and attend the Oath of Enlistment Ceremony.

  1. Enjoy the NAVY.  

I am on step 3, I’m waiting to finish school then I will enlist and ship off to boot camp. 

Are there any missions or jobs in the Navy related to Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity protection?

Meteorology & Oceanography Officer (METOC) is the closest thing to working with animals because you’re constantly in the ocean. 


Meteorology and Oceanography encompass every natural law that dictates the Navy’s every move. At sea or ashore, we must plan and prepare for the potential environments we will operate in. That’s why we need Officers to inform us of weather patterns, prepare comprehensive maps, and watch over Aerographer’s Mates who forecast the weather. Planning an air mission, charting the best course for a ship or identifying currents that affect a submarine underway—whatever the scenario, meteorology and oceanography are factors that inevitably come into play. Be part of the team that studies how our environment changes our actions.