Blaine Efaw


My career at 19 years old will be in the United States Navy. Being in the Navy requires Basic Training in Great Lakes, IL (Southern outskirt of Chicago). After basic training, the next step for all sailors is “A” School, or job training. “A” School takes place in various places throughout the United States. I do not yet have an Aviation Rescue Swimmer (AIRR) contract, but I plan to sign one before I leave for basic training. My responsibilities as an AIRR will be to search and rescue a stranded person, or stranded people in the ocean. This particular job is listed as Special Warfare/Special Operations in the Navy, therefore, requires a lot of schooling and training. Pay ranges from the rank that you are in the Navy. I will start at the rank of Seaman (E-3). Being in Pensacola, I will make at least $3,137.95 per month plus an AIRR enlistment bonus that is up to $8,000. Training for this job is at least 53 weeks long total before being considered an Aviation Rescue Swimmer.


My location of Basic Training will be in Great Lakes, IL (Southern outskirt of Chicago) for 8-9 weeks. After Great Lakes, I start my real training for my job. First, I go to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida for 27 weeks. For the first 4 weeks, I have Water and land survival and flight safety training. After those 4 weeks, I spend the next 5 weeks doing Search and Rescue swimming training. After that, I spend the following 18 weeks doing my “A” School training. Following that is Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training, which is 2 weeks long. I either go to North Island, California or Brunswick, Maine for this training. Finally, my last leg of training is Aircraft Systems training, averaging a 24 week long period at any Naval Air Station.


Housing, food, and clothing of course is free in Great Lakes. Housing is also free in Pensacola and North Island, CA or Brunswick, ME.


For my vehicle, I have my 1989 Chevy S-10, paid off. While I am in basic training, I have the ability to “freeze” the insurance on the truck. After I get through basic training, I can take my car if I want to. But I don’t want to bring my truck with me if I’m going to be training all the time, and I won’t have time to drive it. I don’t want to pay for something that I’m not going to use. I will most likely use a taxi to get around if I need to get around.

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