So I enlisted in the USN in 1971 in the UDT/Seal program. As a result it was a two year hitch and I was assigned to the BUDs company in boot camp. There were 9 of us. All you do is run, calisthenics and swim. Lots of the above. The whole purpose is to assess your suitability for the more rigorous training to come in Coronado. I had an old ankle injury from high school football (well actually not that old) and the sand running took me out. That rolled me into a regular boot camp company 1/2 way through basic and got me an appointment with the "career counselor".Sounds like you had a very competent and thorough CO.
I'm sure you had thoughts of, "I didn't expect this much training."
When they spend a lot of time and cashola training you, they want you to re-enlist.
When were you in?
So now I have to choose a "job". If I stay with two year hitch its out to the fleet as a E-1 seaman. If I extend for 2 years I can pick a rate, get E-2 and get an "A" School then out to the fleet. If I extend for 2 years with a mandatory reenlist for two more in my contract for 6 total I can get a "A" and "C school and a variable reenlistment bonus depending on my rate to be paid upon the end of my 4 when I ship over for the mandatory two more.
I picked extend for two and get a "A" school. The "career counselor" said your test scores show some aptitude for the technical rates and rattled off ET, EM, IC, FT and so on. So I said "what's an FT?" He said a Fire Control Technician. I thought....firefighting...cool, I pick that one. Next I know I have orders for a basic electronics "A" school. It wasn't until a few weeks later I figured out it meant Missile or Gunfire Control. Fortunately as soon as I graduated the "A" school and got to the fleet, they saw my history and sent me to a rescue swimmer school. It wasn't the full blown swimmer school it was a basic course meant to qualify you for swimmer aboard a ship.
Anyway........the point is that the guys who took the 6 year hitch expecting the promised $25,000 reenlistment bonus upon the 4 year mark and the reenlistment - which I did not choose - got royally screwed. The USN decided they were not going to pay the reenlistment bonus as promised AND those guys still had to ship over for the 6 anyway. Look up "Variable Reenlistment Bonus", I'm sure the ugly stuff is still in the inter webs. They formed a group and sued Uncle Sam and there were bumper stickers everywhere that said "VRB or Bust".
It was bust............
Glad I didn't pick the 6 year option.