Of all the branches of the armed forces, the Navy is often viewed as the one most flavored with the scent of adventure. Who wouldn't want to travel around the world, the logic goes, on an enormous (or not so enormous) ship and see exotic locales such as Hawaii, Australia or Japan? If the Navy were a company, its officers would be the management and board of directors. Electricians, administrators, combat specialists and all the rest of the jobs necessary to run the Navy are headed by officers. Officers must know how to do these jobs, how to keep their unit focused and productive, and how to perform duties assigned by their superior officers.
To be an officer in the Navy is to test your physical strength, leadership abilities and technological prowess. You can apply to enlist as an officer as early as your sophomore year in college. If one is a professional in the fields of medicine, law, engineering or religion, the Navy may appoint you an officer. This includes a six-week course. There is also the NROTC (Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps), which allows college students to become officers while attending school full time, and the Naval Academy, which accepts potential officers right out of high school. Life as an officer in any branch of the armed forces can be strenuous, but if you have talent and innate leadership ability, you will be in high demand. Most notably, the late President John F. Kennedy served as an officer in the Navy.
Naval Officers spend time with pilots, electricians, engineers, fellow officers, doctors, administrators. Joining the armed forces is like joining an enormous corporation, and all sections work in cooperation with the others. The Navy supplies airplanes for the Marines, and the Navy carries the Army troop transports when necessary.