U.S. Navy Boot Camp

Paulina Howard ‘15
EE Managing Editor

“Tough times never last, tough people do.”
In-processing week

Given Navy issued clothing, taught correct way to fold/store belongings, and how to make their bunk.
Dental and Medical exams and haircuts are given
First week is long and grueling with conditioning, swimming training, marching, drilling, and actual Navy classes.

Week 2
Week focused on confi dence building
Initial swim assessment (50 yards, a five minute prone float and clothing inflation to name a few skills required).
Fitness baseline test
Learn the Navy’s core values and ranking system.
Confidence Course – a course designed to simulate shipboard situations you could encounter in an emergency.

Week 3
Hands-On week
Land-bound training ship skills/scenarios
Learn ship nomenclature (names), first aid techniques, and semaphore (signaling with flags)
Classroom studies focus on Customs and Courtesies, laws of armed conflict, money management, shipboard communication, Navy ship and aircraft identification, and basic seamanship.
Basics of uniform presentation and inspection
Knot tying
Learn Chain of Command and 11 General Orders of the Sentry and military drill

Week 4
Live-Fire Week
Train with the M-16 and a 12-gauge shotgun
After successful completion of guns listed above, recruits will move onto a live-fire range.
Mid-Cycle Assessment (MCA) to examine progress in drills, proper uniform, Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA), upkeep of locker and barracks, as well as live fire weapons training.
Week 5
Figuring out where the recruits will go with their completion of boot camp and what the shortest path to get there will be

Week 6
Fire Safety Week
Learn most vital skills for the ship – shipboard damage control and firefighting
Skills include: how to extinguish fires, escape smoke-filled compartments, open and close watertight doors, operate Oxygen Breathing Apparatus and carry fire hoses
Confidence Chamber – 100 recruits line up, put on a gas mask while a tear gas tablet is lit, then proceed to remove the mask and recite full name and social security number while breathing in the gas. Must complete this challenge as a team

Week 7
Battle Stations – the ultimate test
Consists of tweleve different scenarios incorporating everything recruits have learned during the previous weeks
Must complete as a team
Reward for successful completion? An official Navy hat that no longer says “recruit”!

Week 8

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