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Work Environment

Divers work under water. However, they plan and prepare for work on land or aboard ships. Because diving is not usually a full-time job, divers often have another job specialty in which they work.

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They perform such tasks as reconnaissance, demolition, ship repair, search for missing persons, salvage in underwater conditions, or construction. They usually specialize in either scuba diving or deep-sea diving.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for divers consists of classroom and on-the-job instruction, including practice in diving and repair work.

Helpful Attributes

  • A high degree of self-reliance
  • Ability to stay calm under stress
  • Interest in underwater diving

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