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Diver - 12D

  • Active/Reserve:Active Duty
  • Officer/Enlisted:Enlisted
  • Restrictions:None


A diver performs tasks such as reconnaissance, demolition and salvage in underwater conditions. They specialize in either scuba diving (below the surface of water) or deep-sea diving (longer periods of time in depths up to 190 feet).

Job Duties

  • Inspect and clean watercraft propellers and hulls
  • Patch damaged watercraft hulls
  • Salvage sunken equipment
  • Patrol the waters
  • Assist with underwater construction of piers and harbor facilities
  • Survey rivers, beaches and harbors for underwater obstacles
  • Requirements

  • Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
  • Training

    Diver candidates must complete 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 29 weeks of Advanced Individual Training. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, with on-the-job diving practice and repair work.Some of the skills you'll learn:

  • Principles of scuba and surfacesupplied diving
  • Underwater welding and cutting
  • Use and care of hand and power tools
  • Maintenance of diving equipment
  • Explosives
  • Helpful Skills

  • Interest in mechanics and building
  • Ability to stay calm under stress
  • Interest in underwater diving
  • High degree of selfreliance

    The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is an examination that is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. It is used to determine qualification and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military.

  • Skilled Technical (ST) : 106 OR General Maintenance (GM) : 98, General Technical (GT) : 107
  • Compensation

  • Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.

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