N-FAQs 14 – Choose Your Rate To Choose Your Fate

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In this week’s N-FAQs, we look at some more questions about the different jobs in the Navy.


Mr. Andy…how are you? I’m joining the navy as well (E3) and I just left meps dec. 7th. I made it thru it all, but once I made it to the part where I picked my job I was told that they weren’t ANY active duty jobs available. Which obviously sucked. Anyway, I have to go back Jan. 3rd to pick my job; I was wondering what type of jobs should I be looking at that you feel that are great for advancement ranks with an asvab score of 51…55 general? What jobs should I stay away from? And how long do I have to wait to receive bah if I get married after a-school? How much do u think each pay check would be as an E3 each pay period?


Thanks for the question!

In my opinion, choosing a rating in the Navy is more dependant on your personality than your ASVAB score. That’s not to say your ASVAB score isn’t important, but what I’m trying to say is that you should pick a rate based on your interests and strengths and don’t take a rate just because advancement is more likely or easier than with other rates.

Originally, I wanted to be an IT (Information Systems Technician) or a CT (Cryptologic Technician) or an IS (Intelligence Specialist), but when MEPS finally had a rate available, all they had was a 6-year contract for STG (Sonar Technician – Surface).

Although this was a technical rating with an excellent opportunity for advancement, I was hesitent to sign for it at first, especially since the counselor didn’t know much about it. However, I told myself that it took me months to even be presented with a job and that if I denied this one, I might not get as good of an opportunity the next time they had jobs available. Besides, I didn’t want to go back to my stepdad and tell him that I refused a job just because it wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Things were pretty tense between us back then, and I knew that his patience was near its end.

Ultimately, it was a major risk for me to just sign for the STG rating, but I’m glad that I did because I’ve been presented with so many opportunities because of it, such as living near Chicago and in San Diego; places that I would have never been able to visit (with my income at the time) had I not joined the Navy.

What all this boils down to is that while you shouldn’t be extremely picky about what ratings you’re presented with, you should still do your research and have at least a general idea of what ratings you would be interested in.

For more information on what each rating does and how your ASVAB score relates to it, click here.

Once again, thanks for your question and good luck!!

Thanks again for all the questions so far, guys! Keep it up!