I know this is more of an officer forum but this seems like one of the best places to ask. Also, please correct me if I'm saying something wrong (like using Seabees) or if I'm just totally wrong on something. I'm trying. I'm thinking about going to a Navy recruiter some time soon. I'm really interested in doing Nukes or Seabees. If I go Seabees, it'll be Engineering Aid (I'd like to become an Architect some day), if I go Nuke, if I can pick I'll go Electronics Technician. Which leads me to my question. I'm pretty sure I know this answer, but my research (about.com) isn't 100% clear. When you want a guaranteed job, are you guaranteed that job in that community (like Construction, Nukes, Admin), or are you guaranteed the rate in that community (like Engineering Aid within Seabees)? Also, looking at the CREO listing on about's website, Engineering Aid is apparently overmanned. If I pick EA (which is my backup behind ET), I can go into DEP until spots open up, right? How long would I be waiting? What kind of shape do I need to be in before going to DEP? I'm about 20 pounds overweight (I was 30, I'm making progress) and I'm just short of being able to pass the Navy PRT if I took it right now. Another quick question (and it'll probably sound stupid), how are Seabees deployed? About says they have sea tours and shore tours like everyone else. I was looking on this board and I see a bunch of pictures of them on land with guns and whatnot. Do Seabees go on cruises like everyone else? That's one of the most appealing things about the Navy for me: Going out to sea. I wouldn't want to miss out on traveling the world. If I wanted to stay on land the whole time I'd join the Army (no offense). And if Seabees go out to sea, are they restricted to certain ships? I think it would be really cool to work on a Nimitz-class carrier more than anything. And, finally, joining the navy as enlisted to me is getting money for college and doing something different and new and exciting, versus everyone else in my family. I'm really interested in the Navy and if I like it, I'd like to join back in as an SNA or NFO or CEC or Nuke officer, be it as discharging and joining again or through STA-21. My question (I've looked around for an answer and couldn't easily find it) is this: How does prior enlisted look on an OCS application? Thanks for any answers you may have.