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  • Navy Builder (BU)

    Builders make up the largest segment of the Naval Construction Force. They work as carpenters, plasterers, roofers, concrete finishers, masons, painters, bricklayers, and cabinet makers.

    The duties performed by BUs include:

    building and repairing wood, masonry concrete, and steel structures;
    installing interior finish work, including installing sheet rock, paneling or ceramic tile walls and installing ceiling and floor tile, millwork and trim;
    operating carpentry, cabinet-making, and tool and equipment repair shops;
    building forms for concrete construction;
    mixing, placing and finishing concrete;
    operating concrete batch plants, portable concrete mixers and other concrete finishing equipment and tools;
    building wharves, bridges and other heavy timber structures;
    reading and interpreting blueprints and preparing sketches for projects;
    making estimates of material, labor, and equipment requirements.
    Working Environment

    BU's may work in a variety of conditions, independently or as members of a large team. Their many different duties may be performed in climates ranging from tropical to arctic.

    A-School (Job School) Information

    Gulfport, MS -- 75 calendar days

    After completion of "A" school, people in this rating can expect assignment to a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) in Port Hueneme, CA or Gulfport, MS, or to an Amphibious Construction Battalion (ACB) in San Diego, CA or Little Creek, VA. NMCBs operate on a rotating basis averaging seven months in home port and seven months deployed to overseas locations such as Spain, Okinawa, Puerto Rico or Guam. Seabees receive additional specialized combat and construction skills training during home port duty.

    ASVAB Score Requirement: AR + MC + AS = 140

    Security Clearance Requirement: None

    Other Requirements

    60 month enlistment obligation



    Sea/Shore Rotation for This Rating

    First Sea Tour: 54 months
    First Shore Tour: 36 months
    Second Sea Tour: 46 months
    Second Shore Tour: 36 months
    Third Sea Tour: 36 months
    Third Shore Tour: 36 months
    Fourth Sea Tour: 36 months
    Forth Shore Tour: 36 months
    Note: Sea tours and shore tours for sailors that have completed four sea tours will be 36 months at sea followed by 36 months ashore until retirement.

    Much of the above information courtesy of the Navy Personnel Command

  • #2
    Seabees should probably separated from the rest of navy rates.

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