Joining the United States Navy is part of a series that includes books on the other armed services (including the Coast Guard). The most important questions facing a young person joining the military are dealt with in the first section;
* Why do I want to join the Navy?
* Do I really want to join the Navy?
* Can I get in?
The usual warnings are included - You may not get the training you were promised. The exotic foreign travel may be to nasty places populated by people trying to kill you. People will constantly be telling you what to do. And you'll do it or suffer the consequences. Assuming you can deal with that (or choose to ignore it), the author offers the best advice possible: finish high school, get good grades, stay out of trouble, and get in shape. (Throughout the book, specific concerns of female recruits are addressed.)
Perhaps the most valuable advice is what to do between taking the oath and being called up. - Stay out of trouble. Exercise. Get a short haircut (girls included), but not a buzz cut, shaved head, or anything else that makes you look like a Junior Commando wannabee. Give up what you won't be able to have in Basic - alcohol, tobacco, fast food, cell phone, Internet, video games. Get used to it without a NCO screaming at you. And once you get there, do what you are told to the best of your ability. Remember, washing out of Basic doesn't mean that you get to go home, it means that you start over again. And that is why you want to get into good physical condition before you go.
The last part of the book deals with the specifics of the Navy's basic training. All initial training is at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago now. There is a good list of books for you to read ( Bluejackets' Manual, for example). It also provides links to web videos that will show you what things look like - invaluable.
Follow the advice in this book, and don't be a wise guy, and you'll do fine.
(Parents of enlistees should read this book as well. Attempts at `helicopter parenting' will cause nothing but grief for the enlistee.)