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Boatswain Mate

Just graduated from Boatswain Mate School on Friday, May 23

Location: Norfolk, VA
Members: 89
Latest Activity: 6 hours ago

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let's compare rates, ships, and home state.

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Comment by MissMySailor 6 hours ago

HI all, My son has been a BM for the pas 4 1/2 years now and recently re-enlisted for another 6 years. His career is going great!!! It is very hard work but if they play their cards right they can move up fast and be picked up for additional training. My son became a RIB boat captain at about 2 years then became part of the VBSS team driving the RIB boat during his first deployment. He also drove for a Seal team while on deployment which he and I are so proud of. Since then his ship has sent him for further hand to hand combat and gun training and he was promoted to the VBSS team but now he boards the ships is part of containing crew and he is also trained to bust down doors or blow up and locked doors on a vessel they are searching. He loves it he is an adrenalin junky and money hungry. With VBSS he gets paid a one time fee every time he boards a vessel to search for contraband I am sure it is a danger pay thing. He is a BM2 will be testing for his BM1 soon and he is assistant to the chief so he has his hands full the VBSS training, weightlifting is in addition to his regular hours so he has long days but would not change it. 

For the first couple of years he did not watch TV I swear when off work he said he studied and rested. There are some many tests you take you have to study all the time to keep your career moving at a nice pace.

There are many things you sons can become when they go in as a BM. My son is in Norfolk Va if your sons end up there and he wants to meet someone who can show them around and tell them all the ins and outs let me know my son is happy to talk to them he has done it in the past for me. The base is really BIG it sits within 2 zip codes so it is good to know someone when you get there because the Navy does not show you around.

Take care, Paula

Comment by Jessie 7 hours ago

Will you post about how it is for him as he goes through training? I would love to hear! Thanks!

Comment by Firestar3 8 hours ago

To Jessie, my son just completed "A" school at GL. Received special orders.Report to Mississippi for "C" School.Then go to VA for Navy Cargo Handling Battalion one as a BM.

Comment by Jessie 20 hours ago

Just looked at the time...I'm out the door to work! Will look for you later!

Comment by Teri 20 hours ago
You can take classes and cross train
Comment by Jessie 20 hours ago

Does fire safety fall under BM's job?

Comment by Teri 20 hours ago
Hi Jessie, my son enjoys working on the ship and yes sometimes it includes the not so fun jobs but he is taking classes to become certified in fire safety. And he absolutely loves all the mechanical and rope stuff for lack of another word that he is learning.
Comment by Jessie 21 hours ago

Hi Teri, thanks and good luck to him with the promotion! My son is DEP and BM was not his job of choice but he signed the contract...I'm glad to hear your son likes it! Mine is afraid he will be the ship's janitor. I hope it's not like that!!

Comment by Teri yesterday
My son is also and he is in Japan, he loves the physical work if it. But he is already studying to get promoted
Comment by Jessie yesterday

How does he like it?


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