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What's life on-board a Navy aircraft carrier like?

I'm considering joining the military and currently trying to decide which branch. If I did the Navy I'd love to work on an aircraft carrier, preferably on the "ground" crew sending the planes off and bringing them in. So what's it like being on the ship for months at a time? Do they have activities for people to do on it so they don't go insane from boredom whenever they aren't working? What kinds of facilities are on board? Do you see things like dolphins and whales? How about sunsets/sunrises? What are storms like while on board? How often do you get to go out while at ports of call? Are there any swimming facilities on-board or at least times when you can go while in dock at various places around the world? How likely is it that I'd get stationed on one? Do you enjoy it or do you wish you'd joined another branch? Anything else people can think of...

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  • 1 decade ago
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    How To Simulate Life In The Navy

    1.. Buy a dumpster, paint it gray and live in it for 6 months straight.

    2.. Run all of the piping and wires inside your house on the outside of the walls.

    3.. Pump 10 inches of nasty, crappy water into your basement, then pump it out, clean up, and paint the basement "deck gray."

    4.. Every couple of weeks, dress up in your best clothes and go the scummiest part of town, find the most run down, trashy bar you can, pay $10 per beer until you’re hammered, then walk home in the freezing cold.

    5.. Perform a weekly disassembly and inspection of your lawnmower.

    6.. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays turn your water temperature up to 200 degrees, then on Tuesday and Thursday turn it down to 10 degrees. On Saturdays, and Sundays declare to your entire family that they used too much water during the week, so all showering is secured.

    7.. Raise your bed to within 6 inches of the ceiling.

    8.. Have your next door neighbor come over each day at 5am, and blow a whistle so loud that Helen Keller could hear it and shout "Reveille, Reveille, all hands heave out and trice up".

    9.. Have your mother-in-law write down everything she’s going to do the following day, then have her make you stand in the back yard at 6am and read it to you.

    10.. Eat the raunchiest Mexican food you can find for three days straight, then lock yourself out of the bathroom for 12 hours, and hang a sign on the door that reads "Secured-contact OA division at X-3053."

    11.. Submit a request form to your father-in-law, asking if it’s ok for you to leave your house before 3pm.

    12.. Invite 200 of your not-so-closest friends to come over, then board up all the windows and doors to your house for 6 months. After the 6 months is up, take down the boards, wave at your friends and family through the front window of your home…you can’t leave until the next day you have duty.

    13.. Shower with above-mentioned friends.

    14.. Make your family qualify to operate all the appliances in your home (i.e. Dishwasher operator, blender technician, etc.).

    15.. Walk around your car for 4 hours checking the tire pressure every 15 minutes.

    16.. Sit in your car and let it run for 4 hours before going anywhere. This is to ensure your engine is properly "lighted off."

    17.. Empty all the garbage bins in your house, and sweep your driveway 3 times a day, whether they need it or not. (Now sweepers, start your brooms, clean sweep down fore and aft, empty all shitcans over the fantail)

    18.. Repaint your entire house once a month.

    19.. Cook all of your food blindfolded, groping for any spice and seasoning you can get your hands on.

    20.. Use eighteen scoops of budget coffee grounds per pot, and allow each pot to sit 5 hours before drinking.

    21.. Have your neighbor collect all your mail for a month, read your magazines, and randomly lose every 5th item.

    22.. Spend $20,000 on a satellite system for your TV, but only watch CNN and the Weather Channel.

    23.. Avoid watching TV with the exception of movies which are played in the middle of the night. Have the family vote on which movie to watch and then show a different one.

    24.. Have your 5-year-old cousin give you a haircut with goat shears.

    25.. Sew back pockets to the front of your pants.

    26.. Spend 2 weeks in the red-light districts of Europe, and call it "world travel."

    27.. Attempt to spend 5 years working at McDonalds, and NOT get promoted.

    28.. Ensure that any promotions you do get are from stepping on the dead bodies of your co-workers.

    29.. Needle gun the aluminum siding on your house after your neighbors have gone to bed.

    30.. When your children are in bed, run into their room with a megaphone,and shout at the top of your lungs that your home is under attack, and order them to man their battle stations. ("General quarters, general quarters, all hands man your battle stations")

    31.. Make your family menu a week ahead of time and do so without checking the pantry and refrigerator.

    32.. Post a menu on the refrigerator door informing your family that you are having steak for dinner. Then make them wait in line for at least an hour, when they finally get to the kitchen, tell them that you are out of steak, but you have dried ham or hot dogs. Repeat daily until they don’t pay attention to the menu any more so they just ask for hot dogs.

    33.. When baking a cake, prop up one side of the pan while it is in the oven. Spread icing on real thick to level it off.

    34.. In the middle of Jan

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Life On An Aircraft Carrier

  • 7 years ago

    LOL..some of these answers crack me up. It's all true and then some, in some form or another. An aircraft carrier is one big sweat shop. It's days, weeks, and months on end of monotonous, hard work. But it's also exciting and rewarding, especially if you're in an aviation field or work flight ops.

    The best thing about it is that it builds character, patience, and fortitude, and it forges a comraderie and bond with your mates that you'll not find in any another other avenue of life. I know many men who served years ago, who still consider us brothers today. Many say that would go back and do it again if they could. You might hate much of it at the time, but you'll be the few and the proud when you've done it.

    Oh, and the travel ain't bad either!

  • Robert
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Boredom? Time off? There are two duties, one is port and the other is starboard. One works 12 hours, then the other works 12 hours. So it is 12 on and 12 off. The deck of a carrier is one of the most dangerous place to work. Mix fuel, missiles, and other assorted explosive devices and add jet exhaust and intake, cords. lines, ropes to trip over. Propellers to slice and dice and it requires your full attention. BTW, day or night, sunny, sleet, snow, ice, or hot and humid the carrier operates all of the time. When I was in the carriers were on a 9/3. Out to sea for 9 months then back home for 3. (Although that is just you as the carrier never sits in port for three months.) It is 90 feet to the sea if you have the misfortune of going over board. I spent over 6 years in the Navy during the Vietnam era.

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  • Most of the time while you are on a carrier you will be working 12 hours on and 12 hours off. During your time off you are a little limited in what you can do but there is still many things that you can start doing for yourself. When I was onboard the USS Carl Vinson. I would get up and go to the gym for an hour, shower and eat and then go take a few college classes before I went "on duty". Depending on what you are doing and where you are you will get to see several different ports as well as some very interesting sights. Because of the size of the carrier and its displacement you will not feel most waves but if you are in a larger storm you will feel the ship move through swells. Especially if you are near the bow of the ship. I thought that it was actaully fun to be on one, but I also am a Marine so when we got on a carrier we are only assigned to one for a deployment, so when we get back we are no longer assigned to the ship and we leave. It was a good experience over all.

    Source(s): SSgt, USMC
  • 1 decade ago

    Life on an aircraft carrier is tedious. I would not wish to ever serve on one again. Life on the flight deck is dangerous, exhausting and tedious.

    There are no swimming facilities. It's not like the Love Boat. If you're real lucky there will be fresh water to take a shower when you get off watch. If you're not lucky, you'll stink.

    Sunrise and sunset is the best time at sea. I enjoyed both.

    Aircraft carriers tend to have fewer port calls than small boys. Yes, you get liberty.

    If you're lucky you won't get stationed on one.

    Source(s): Retired Chief Petty Officer
  • Russ
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    You're thinking of Aviation Boatswain's Mate.

    A Flight Deck is one of the most dangerous places in the world.

    No swimming pool but you do get Liberty in ports.

    PBS had a special on life on an aircraft carrier. Your closest PBS station can probably tell you how to see it.

  • 1 decade ago

    You can watch the PBS documentary, "Carrier," online about life on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz.

    It's an alright documentary and you get to see how monotonous their routine can be. I wouldn't want to work on the flight deck because it looks pretty miserable and dangerous. Some of the other ratings don't seem too bad, but I can't say as I'm not in the Navy.

    http://www.pbs.org/weta/carrier/full_episodes.htm

    Source(s): pbs.org
  • Laura
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Captain is CO of the ship, but an aircraft carrier is the flag ship for several ships, which the Rear Admiral has command over.

  • 1 decade ago

    hard work at sea but I found that the travel made it worthwhile

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