Naval Architecture major

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  1. navy2016

    navy2016 Member

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    Will majoring in naval architecture at USNA or in ROTC at a civilian college result in being sent into SeaBees? That is the major I am currently very interested in. However, I want to serve aboard a ship not in a shipyard.
     
  2. Capt MJ

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    SeaBees are civil/construction folks, usually obtained via direct commission and not gaining their commission via USNA. Go back to www.usna.edu and focus on the service selection and warfare community options. Naval architecture majors do all the same things other majors out of USNA do, which likely would not be as a civil engineer. Definitely apples and oranges here.

    There is such a thing as a naval Engineering Duty Officer (EDO), and some mids go that route. That's focused on shipboard engineering, maintenance, repair and new ships/subs/planes.

    See below. Lots to learn about Navy officer communities, and asking questions is a good way to go.

    About Navy's Civil Engineering Corps (CEC), who will typically work with SeaBee (Construction Battalions) and installations:
    http://www.navy.com/careers/engineering-applied-science/civil-engineering.html


    The Navy gets its EDOs from a warfare community such as Surface Warfare, who take an option to transfer to the EDO community after they have completed initial sea tours and warfare qualification, to focus on warfare platform engineering (ship, sub, airplane) maintenance, acquisition (buying new stuff) and R&D.

    This is all very simply put, but bottom line, naval architects do not go to SeaBees as CEC officers. Shipyards are the home of EDOs and civilian marine engineers anyway!
     
  3. Malachy Marine

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    I would disagree. Not trying to sound like the typical "well what about this exception..." But I have known more than my fair share of USNA Midn graduate and commission into the CEC warfare community. Granted it is rare as the Academy loves to send Midn to line officer communities... However, everyone of the former Mids I know of, reported to Construction Battalions for their first AD assignment. Meaning SeaBees, not just CEC, and also meant there was a fairly significant amount of time learning more than Civil Engineering and contract rules/regulations/laws but also and to defend a construction site from and enemy attack. Just a thought.
     
  4. Capt MJ

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    Excellent post above - I usually temper my posts with "usually" or "in general."

    There are indeed mids who go CEC, but they are very rare. Occasionally the CEC isn't getting enough officers from its usual sources, or a mid has a physical DQ from other warfare specialties and an engineering degree, so a match is made. For the purposes of the OP, though, a Naval Architecture major and the "normal" path through USNA will not land him in a SeaBee unit in a naval shipyard... that's apples, oranges and a pomegranate for good measure!
     

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