So once I leave school (might decide to quit earlier) I am joining the navy (Australian navy). Probably as a Boatswaine Mate which is kind of like a weapons expert (they board illegal ships and such). Plenty of action and firepower. Also thinking of Combat Systems Operator (they look at sonar screens all day long). It seems really professional and I get to work with a lot of high tech machinery. Both earn $36,000 AUD a year (base wage), $10,000 service allowance (extra money given to every member of the Australian Defence Force below the rank of Commander or equivalent), seagoing allowance (providing I spend at least 100 days at sea a year I get an extra $10,000) and if I board a ship I get some extra money (probably negligible). What are your thoughts on this? Can any sailors tell me what to expect and how life in the navy is?