If you have a language ability, take the Defense Language and Proficiency Test (DPLT), then update your Officer Data Card. You may qualify for the Professional Exchange Program or a billet requiring language.
Find and read NAVPERS and SECNAV instructions that pertain to you and ensure you understand and interpret them correctly. These instructions can tell you how to qualify or apply to schools or training, how to lateral transfer to another community, how to apply to law schools and become a JAG officer and requirements for application to UHSUS medical school, as well as enlisted to officer programs.
- Navy Legal Office—can provide specific legal services (Power of Attorney, Wills, interpret contracts, notarize documents, provide guidance for NJP, provide general legal counsel) and represent you if you are charged under the UCMJ.
- Fleet and Family Service Center—have workshops and counseling available for first time homebuyers, financial and debt, anger management, stress, transition assistance, etc.
- Navy Relief—assists with interest free emergency loans for travel, financial need, etc.
Take time to make your table inviting. Dinner is time to recharge. Use a placemat/table cloth, cloth napkin and real silverware, real plates and bowls, even with takeout. A small vase with a carnation will last a long time. Or get a dry flower arrangement that doesn’t need water.
- Learn basic sewing skills—how to sew on buttons and mend hems.
- Hand stitch patches using the edge on the patch.
- Wait for a sale at JoAnn Fabrics or the NEX, and buy the second or third least expensive sewing machine.