His father did his best to provide him with tutors and private schools until he died when George was only 11. Due to this death, George Washington’s half brother, Lawrence, fulfilled the father role. Lawrence was a part of the Royal Navy, which influenced George Washington to pursue a naval career (George Washington Biography). At age 21, in 1753, he did just that. He had some experience with surveying parties, but in the militia, on an adjutant ship, he felt the same as the rest of the men.