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    Please help! Navy Master @ Arms

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    If there are any Navy Master at Arms out there, I could sure use your help. I dont have any faith in the recruiters whatsoever. It seems like a good opportunity, but; I just dont know what Im getting myself into. And quite frankly, Im no spring chicken anymore (34 years old, married with two kids).

    Ive been looking into the M.A. for the U.S. Naval Reserve and well; Im wondering how long the deployments are, and how often.

    I want to know the "exact" job description. What are the things I can and will do? In what type of environment? Ship? Base? Harbor? Or the battle zone (whatever landscape that might be, urban, mountainous, jungle ect.?) and what duties can I expect to perform in each of the environments that I can be assigned to?

    I desperately need answers because as far as Im concerned, I would be the Police of the Navy in a ship or Naval Base securing the area and making sure sailors are behaving? I suspect it can be comprised of much more.

    If anyone out there is king enough to help a bro with a real need for legitimate, non-self serving, objective answers, please help me out because God knows how much I really need to know before I enlist and make an enormous committment that is really not for me.

    -Many thanks
    You can sleep peaceably at night because rough men like me do Justice on your behalf.

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    Originally posted by Law Dawg View Post
    Please help! Navy Master @ Arms

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    If there are any Navy Master at Arms out there, I could sure use your help. I dont have any faith in the recruiters whatsoever. It seems like a good opportunity, but; I just dont know what Im getting myself into. And quite frankly, Im no spring chicken anymore (34 years old, married with two kids).

    Ive been looking into the M.A. for the U.S. Naval Reserve and well; Im wondering how long the deployments are, and how often.

    I want to know the "exact" job description. What are the things I can and will do? In what type of environment? Ship? Base? Harbor? Or the battle zone (whatever landscape that might be, urban, mountainous, jungle ect.?) and what duties can I expect to perform in each of the environments that I can be assigned to?

    I desperately need answers because as far as Im concerned, I would be the Police of the Navy in a ship or Naval Base securing the area and making sure sailors are behaving? I suspect it can be comprised of much more.

    If anyone out there is king enough to help a bro with a real need for legitimate, non-self serving, objective answers, please help me out because God knows how much I really need to know before I enlist and make an enormous committment that is really not for me.

    -Many thanks
    If you go to forums.military.com there is a Navy thread, maybe you could find more info there! If you don't find anything, click on "Find" and type in Master at Arms or MAA!

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    • #3
      Deployments depend upon where your reserve unit is located. When I was in DC, we ended up getting a reserve MA unit from Northern New York and a closer MA unit was sent down to Florida. There is no reason except the blindfolded monkey throwing darts.

      Deployments, the unit we had was there for about a year however members were allowed to extend orders (which many did to get rank). Im sure you could be be deployed to a ship, however duties on a ship are much different than state side.

      You can be assigned to guarding prisoners at Abu Ghrab or Gitmo. Im sure you can also be assigned to policing on a navy base or providing good order and discipline on a ship.

      Also remember MAA's do other duties than LE/corrections. If your an MAA assigned to a squadron, you can be doing pee tests and providing order and discipline within the unit.
      Last edited by orlandofed5-0; 08-22-2008, 09:43 AM.
      I don't answer recruitment messages....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by orlandofed5-0 View Post
        Also remember MAA's do other duties than LE/corrections. If your an MAA assigned to a squadron, you can be doing pee tests and providing order and discipline within the unit.

        Don't forget those "Health and Comfort" inspections looking for skinbooks and unauthorized liberty clothes.......

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        • #5
          Law Dawg,

          I see your post is a couple of months old but as a 15 year member of Navy Security and a current active duty MA1, let me chime in.

          I personally believe that being a Master At Arms (MA) in the US Navy is the greatest job out there. Keep in mind that you want to be an MA. An MAA is the guy who makes sure we have enough napkins on our table at the mess decks.

          Prior to 9/11, there were approximately 800 of us in the Navy to cover every ship and every shore station around. Our primary focus was law enforcement and the enforcement of good order and discipline. Since 9/11, the rating has grown to well over 12,000 and there were close to 15,000 at one point bringing us from the second smallest to the second largest rating.

          I have done everything from Standing gates (Physical Security) to handling K9's, to criminal investigations, patrol and served as Chief of Police for a Naval Air Station with a department of 98 personnel.

          I am currently a Certified Anti Terrorism Specialist(CAS) overseas on an Admiral's staff. This is independent duty for me as there are only two of us here.

          I have also been deployed to Iraq 3 times in the last 3 years but loved every minute of being there. First two tours were on a protective service detail and my last tour was as Chief Investigator for the court system. This has truly been an exciting job for me.

          There is a great possibility that you will deploy in one way or the other at some point. When I say the possibility is great, I mean, it's gonna happen, no doubt. They start and stop before you know it and you are back home again hoping your next deployment comes soon. As with any job, it has its downfalls but the good usually outweighs the bad. You will come in at 34 years old and most likely be working for some snot nosed kid who has been in a bit longer than you, but at 34, I am certain you are mature enough to handle that. It's always a big task to bite and chew but you will most likely advance quickly and before you know it, people will be coming to you for advice.

          If you want to get into depth, feel free to PM me and I will offer any assistance or advice I can.

          Good luck with your decision.
          "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
          Thomas Jefferson

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          • #6
            im a also looking to get into this as a reserve. What is the intial training for the position and the PT standards?

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