As a veteran, you have many qualities that few others in the workforce can match. Specifically, your determination, commitment, and vast experience with problem-solving make you unique. Because of these attributes, veterans are well-suited to get into the challenging yet rewarding career of commercial diving. This career path can be dangerous and the required specialized training for this profession is physically demanding. However, your military background has prepared you for this unique job opportunity. There is more than one reason why commercial diving is a great fit for men and women who serve in the military. In fact, here are three big reasons why becoming a commercial diver could be perfect for you.
#1: Your Previous Experience & Qualities Are Unparalleled
To become a commercial diver, you will complete specialized training at a commercial diving school. This training yields a certification that is necessary to work within the industry. At your commercial diving school, you will take classes on how to be a commercial diver as well as train.
Veterans, given their background and previous training and experience, are uniquely qualified for this challenge. Veterans have several fitting qualities and types of experience that make them a great fit for the job.
- Familiarity with life-threatening situations. As a commercial diver, you will be frequently put in these types of situations. Exposure to hazardous materials, losing air supply, and experiencing pressure changes from deep-sea dives are just a few examples. As a result, it is crucial that someone who is becoming a commercial diver works well under pressure. This is something that veterans are very familiar with.
- Continuous travel around the world. Commercial divers spend most of the year traveling for their work. Veterans are normally away from home for long stretches of time. As a certified commercial diver and underwater welder, a contract can take you away from home for weeks or months at a time.
- Dedication to improvement. There is always more to be learned and perfected as a commercial diver. The industry and therefore, the requirements of a commercial diver, are constantly evolving. You will weld, inspect, repair, rig, and more. Veterans are accustomed to staying on their toes and adapting to new circumstances as they arise.
#2: Many Financial Benefits for Vets in Commercial Diving
There are many financial benefits that veterans can take advantage of while pursuing a career in commercial diving.
Many commercial diving programs and underwater welding schools offer military education benefits to veterans. For example, at The Divers Institute of Technology, a financial aid team handles post-9/11 GI Bill® paperwork every day. With this bill, active duty military and veterans attending DIT can receive up to $25,162.14 for tuition. At 100% eligibility students can receive up to $2,748 per month, which goes directly to the student for Basic Housing Allowance. Students can receive up to $1,000.00 per academic year for books and supplies. DIT also waives the $50 application fee if the applicant is an active duty military or a veteran.
Other than the post-9/11 GI Bill, the Department of Defense offers multiple other programs to pay for schooling. For example, the Montgomery GI Bill, which helps veterans who served more than two years of active duty, can help towards your specialized dive training. Additionally, the Tuition Assistance Program is a great resource for those veterans looking to further their education after their time in the military.
At most commercial diving schools, a VA-Certifying Official is available to applicants. This person is uniquely qualified to help veterans understand their financial benefits and answer any lingering questions they may have. Having an official guide you will ensure all the financial details are clearly outlined and that you are fully prepared to become a commercial diver.
#3: Discipline & Teamwork As Key Tenets of Success
Two of the most important attributes of successful commercial divers are discipline and the ability to work with a team. As key tenets of the military, veterans can easily apply these crucial attributes to any diving contract they are working on.
Discipline. First, commercial divers must exhibit a high level of personal discipline. This is most important because quick and critical thinking is key if the job goes wrong. Secondly, commercial divers must work well under a chain of command. Failure to comply with your boss at a dive-site can make the same life-and-death difference as not following the direct orders of a commanding officer on the field of duty.
Teamwork. To succeed underwater, you will need to rely on the expertise of multiple people every day. At most job sites, there are multiple teams of people that help to determine the success of the day’s work. Not only that but day in and day out, these teams collaborate to ensure the lives of the divers underwater. In short, as you dive, you will rely on them and they will rely on you. This camaraderie can feel very familiar to veterans.
Diver Institute of Technology: VA-Approved & Military-Friendly
The Divers Institute of Technology is a veteran-owned-and-operated diving school. Since 1968, the teachers and staff at DIT have taken pride in being a VA-approved school. We have also been designated as a military-friendly school. About half of our staff are veterans, and as a result, we understand the sacrifices you have made for our country. Because of your service, we have the honor of assisting you with your transition into commercial diving training. If you are considering becoming a commercial diver, reach out today to learn more about how we can help you. You can also fill out an application here!
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