Are You Cut Out to be a Submariner?

Submarines are a powerful and deadly deterrent to our enemies and a vital part of the United States military arsenal. For those of you interested in becoming a submariner in the US Navy, there are a lot of things that you need to consider before pursuing this. There are few jobs in any branch of the service that are as demanding as being a submariner, to say the least. It takes a special breed of person to be able to complete the training and to be able to handle the rigors that the job requires. Let’s take a look at the history of this position in the Navy and what it currently takes to become a submariner.

Is It A Dangerous Job?

There are always a lot of concerns when operating at deep depths below the ocean’s surface and under polar ice caps. Even though todays submarines feature the latest technological advances, they are still mechanical machines that always have the possibility of breaking down. A submarine is not like a car; you can’t simply pull over to the side of the road and wait for it to be repaired. Anytime mechanical problems arise when submerged, there is the inherent threat of loss of life if something is not done about it in a rapid manner.

Navy SubThe real danger of being a submariner becomes readily apparent during times of conflict. There is perhaps no more powerful instrument of war in the US arsenal than today’s modern submarines; as such, they are always the first things to be sought out to be destroyed by our enemies in times of war. There is perhaps no greater evidence of this than the harsh reality that submariners faced during WWII. Of the types of jobs in the military during that time that had men in significant numbers, there was no other job that suffered a higher attrition rate during the war. A whopping 22% of our boys in that position never made it home; that is a rate even higher than being an infantry soldier or a bomber pilot. It really highlights the importance of the job that submariners do and the respect and attention that submarines command from opposing adversaries.

So, What Does It Take These Days To Become A Submariner?

Well, for starters, you may want to seriously consider another career path if you are even the slightest bit claustrophobic. You have to be able to handle living in cramped quarters for long periods of time. There is a very rigid testing regimen you must also pass in order to even be considered for this highly specialized job. It is an environment where you have to possess a fair amount of technical ability at some skill and you also have to be fully prepared to be a team player because that is the only way missions get accomplished aboard a US Navy submarine.

If, after what you have read here, you still think you have what it takes to be a US Navy submariner, then go visit your local Navy recruiting office and see what they can do for you.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Craig Smith

Craig has been writing for several years but just recently made freelance writing a full time profession after leaving behind 26 years working in the swimming pool construction industry. He served four years in the US Air Force as an Imagery Interpreter Specialist in Okinawa, Japan and at SAC Headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. As a staunch supporter of law enforcement personnel, emergency medical technicians, firemen, search and rescue personnel and those who serve in the military, Craig is proud to contribute to the US Patriot blog on their behalf.
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