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  • The Navy Reserve is a valued partner of the Navy's active-duty department. It offers citizens the chance to serve on a part-time basis, training near home until called to Active Duty. A reservist can pursue a full-time civilian education or obtain special military training while serving.

    Today, the Navy Reserve is comprised of more than 20 percent of total Navy assets and, when called to action, can be found abroad, on shore, in the air or at sea. The Navy Reserve's involvement with the Navy continues to grow. Currently, approximately 47,000 Navy reservists stand by to join the fleet when needed as active parts of the largest and most powerful naval force in the world.

  • Before Serving in the Navy Reserve

  • Before Serving in the Navy Reserve

    Before Serving in the Navy Reserve

    To join the U.S. Navy Reserve, you must be between 18 and 39 years old (exceptions can be made for those with prior service). You must also pass a physical exam and have a high school diploma although, in rare instances, GED certificates can be accepted. For individuals with prior service, your physical exam is very important when reaffiliating with the Navy Reserve. All enlisted Navy reservists must take the ASVAB test to determine placement within the Service.

    Navy Reserve training, like full-time Navy training, begins with seven to nine weeks of Boot Camp at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

  • Navy Reserve Benefits

  • Navy Reserve Benefits

    Navy Reserve Benefits

    The Navy Reserve provides a flexible opportunity to serve while maintaining a civilian career. In addition to regular pay for all time spent training and deployed, a member of the Navy Reserve receives top-of-the-line job training, travel benefits and even college credit for certain experiences.

  • Navy Reserve Careers

  • Navy Reserve Careers

    Navy Reserve Careers

    Time in the Navy Reserve can provide valuable career skills that apply directly to the civilian world. Navy reservists work with the latest technology under high pressure — training many employers value and seek out. Whether a reservist performs duties similar to his or her civilian job or something entirely different, military training can make a huge impact on career success. For full-time career options, also take a look at what the Navy has to offer.

  • Navy Reserve Videos

    Navy Reserve Videos

    Get an inside look at the Navy Reserve with selections from our Navy Reserve Videos collection.

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      The Next Step: Training

      The Next Step: Training

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Lt. Alex Burtness: I knew that I wanted to go to a service academy and for me the Naval Academy was the obvious choice just because you had the option of you know, flying jets, becoming an EOD Tech, you know leading Marines, driving ships, driving submarines.  

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Crandall: After high school, I decided that I didn’t want to just go right to college. I figured I would join the Military, do something for my country, and maybe get a little money for college, on the side.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Glaude: Talking with friends who are back home, it’s actually pretty exciting because, you know, they’ve been in Texas the whole time, and I’ve been in two years and I’ve seen eight different places. Honestly, I’ve gotten a lot more than—than what I can measure. Like, in college courses or in money in the bank account—the life experiences I’ve gotten, I’ve got from the Navy and just the growing up, the maturity that I think I’ve gotten from the Navy.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Maya Dover: You really see how much you impact the Navy. It’s definitely humbling.

Lt. Alex Burtness: Military service is very fulfilling. The opportunity to serve your country and work with other like-minded people and particularly for me the opportunity to do this job, I really can't imagine a line of work that is more fulfilling.