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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Navy is looking for enlisted sailors to serve aboard the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world, the USS Constitution.

The deadline for applications is July 15, and selection results will be announced by July 31, the Navy announced in a message.

Nicknamed "Old Ironsides" during the war of 1812, the ship is permanently berthed in Boston and receives about half a million visitors per year.

The Constitution is also where the Navy receives senior officers, high-ranking government officials and heads of state.

"The crew is tasked with promoting, protecting and preserving the ship," the message said.

Normal tours aboard the Constitution last three years and are counted as shore duty for rotational purposes, according to the Navy.

"In addition to the in-depth study of the history and construction of the ship required to give public tours, Constitution sailors must also learn 18th-century square-rigged sailing from line identification and setting and furling sails, including climbing up and out on her yard arms," the message said.

Sailors on the Constitution must also learn how to operate the ship’s 5,600-pound guns in 18th century gun drills, the message said.

Those sailors interested in volunteering for duty aboard the Constitution must:

Not have a fear of heights or public speaking.Not have a record of nonjudicial punishment or alcohol-related incidents in the past 36 months — a drunken driving conviction in the past five years is an automatic disqualification.Not have excessive debt or a record of financial instability within the past 36 months.Not have evaluation or fitness report traits below 3.0 within the past 36 months.Be in strict compliance with the Navy’s tattoo policy.Be fit for duty and within current body composition standard.Have not failed any physical fitness assessment in the past year, and have not failed more than one physical fitness test ian the past four years.Interested sailors who are not petty officers must be unmarried and not have any dependants to qualify for duty aboard the ship, the Navy said.

A list of open billets for the Constitution is available at Navy Administrative Message 168/08 available at: www.npc.navy.mil


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