My son started working with a recruiter before graduating high school this year and we had a pretty good handle on the process for getting him through the various hoops for a Navy Diver job. Unfortunately, there was a scheduling foul-up for his knee waiver (he had an ACL replacement nearly two years ago) and he didn't end up getting approved until post-graduation.
He has now gotten his waiver, passed the PST for Diver (Special Ops) and is ready to sign.
HOWEVER, the staff in our recruiting office has changed and we're getting some conflicting responses about what comes next.
He's been asked to start "training" with a specialist at our local aquatic center twice a week in prep for Dive School. No problem.
He's been told he has to retake the PST once a month, including once at least 14 days prior to boot camp (presumably to make sure he's not becoming complacent). No problem.
He's been told that, because he's now graduated high school, there can be no delayed entry or reserve status or any of that. He has to sign as an active recruit. No problem.
And he's been told that it may take a few months for him to be in the top 10% of the recruits who've passed the Diver PST so that they can get him a Diver contract (only so many slots open per month, blah, blah). Got it. No problem.
Here's the part I don't get: The latest thing is that someone has said to him that he should sign a "first contract" with some other job besides Diver so that he has something to "fall back on" if he is unable to make it through boot camp. In other words, he should sign as sayyyy. . a deckhand or whatever; then continue through the process with the Diver specialist and the monthly PSTs and all that until he gets the opportunity to sign a second contract as a diver (assuming that can happen before he gets shipped off to boot camp as a deckhand). And then if, for whatever reason, he "flunks out" of boot camp or A School, he'll be able to just downgrade his rate to a deckhand without any hassle. He's told that if he does NOT do it that way, there is a strong chance he'll just get booted completely out of the Navy altogether if something untoward happens in boot camp or A School (because by then there won't be any job openings).
Does that sound right to you?? The weird part is that he COULD HAVE signed for a deckhand (or whatever) job the day he got his knee waiver, but the same recruiters plucked him back home and said he would not sign until he passed his PST. And at the time, I thought that was really cool -- that they didn't want to chance him getting to boot camp without the job he really wanted.
I'm just a little confused and trying to make sure we're not mixing up what he's being told -- he is getting info from more than one person, you see (recruiter, recruiter Chief, training guy, etc.)