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Please post advice on why your sailor chose subs or carriers.

My son is in boot camp now but he couldn't make up his mind on carrier or sub duty.  He's going to be a Nuke so those are his only two choices.  What were the reasons that made your sailor choice sub or carrier duty?

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My husband chose sub duty I think because they said his pay would be more.  I'm not sure if that was his only reason but that's the one he told me.

My nephew likes subs for the small crew and the challenge.  I do know he has been "hot racking", two bunks for three men, in shifts.  He doesn't seem to mind.  


Carriers are huge.  My dad served on carriers and loved the many port calls.  He was with an air squadron though.

My son was offered sub right now or wait for later entry into the OCS program. He talked to some people and decided subs would present him with more opportunities to test his leadership skills. He has been in for four years. Living in a sub was not difficult for him. Being away from family has not been difficult either since he is single; however, he has observed that the long deployments are difficult on marriages and families.
They can't skype right?  Well, I'm getting a taste of what deployment will be like since my husband is at boot camp now and I've only spoken to him once this past month.  Except for letters.  My fingers are crossed that we will come out of this stronger.
A co-worker of my husband is retired from the Navy. He said that he loved subs because it was fewer people and you got to know everyone. On a ship you have thousands of people, most you will never know. He felt there were better opportunities because people knew you and you advanced quicker. Just one person's opinion.
My son chose subs for all the reasons that have been stated in these posts - smaller crews, more opportunity for quicker advancement, more challenging opportunities, pay enhancements.  He's been in almost 3 years now and doesn't regret a moment of it.
Thanks everyone for answering my question.  It sounds like submarines are more popular.  He still has a while to decide  and I'm sure he may change his mind again

It is a myth that the sailors make the choice.  They can list a preference for one or the other, but like everything, it depends on the needs of the Navy at the time they finish their school.  Just like they list preferences for their first duty station, but again, it is the needs of the Navy.

My future BIL choose subs cause its smaller group of people (more family like), and better pay!
My son didn't choose a sub, but got on one anyway.  His recruiter told him that he scored high and there were two openings he could try for.  (They didn't want to waste his high scores on a lower job)  The only two choices were a sub or a job with radar on a ship.  He wanted the ship, but got stuck with the sub anyway.  According to him, he can't get out of it right now. 
They must volunteer to go sub, so at one time he must have made the choice and signed something saying he would go subs.
I have two sailors. My oldest chose nuke field and was attached to aq carrier, but when he decided to reenlist he was to old to be in his fiels on a carrier.; The youngest in an intelligence speciaist and is attached to a carrier. LIke someone else wrote, it has nothing to do with the wishes of the sailors, and everything to do do with the needs of the navy.


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