The U.S. Navy recruit training involves a change in the life, discipline, responsibility and physical makeup of the newly enlisted.
The mission of Recruit Training Command is embodied in the Recruit Division Commander’s Creed.
To transform civilians into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Sailors who are ready for follow-on training and service to the fleet while instilling in them the highest standards of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
What does it mean to be a Sailor? We go to sea to defend America. We abide by strict self-discipline and live by Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. A Sailor is all these things and more. At Boot Camp you will train, mentor and anchor your life in the war-fighting culture of being a Sailor. This process is called Sailorization.
Sailorization is designed to integrate new recruits into the Navy way of life, shape their expectations for future duty assignments, and give them the tools needed for career and personal success. Those in the Sailorization process include recruiters, Recruit Division Commanders (RDCs), instructors and officers. The leadership and staff work to provide the fleet with world-class Sailors who possess the basic skills necessary for Naval service.
Transforming a civilian into a Sailor involves a change in the life, discipline, responsibility and physical makeup of the individual. There will be a very limited opportunity to address things such as making sure your bills are paid, childcare is stable, and banking issues are handled during your training. Taking the opportunity before arriving at Recruit Training Command to get yourself ready emotionally and financially is equally as important as being ready physically.
Basic training will help prepare you to become a vital part of the U.S. Armed Force’s efforts to protect America’s freedom at home and abroad utilizing the core values of honor, courage, and commitment.
After recruits arrive, all cell phones are boxed up with their personal belongings and stored locally, to be returned to the recruit the day before graduation. From that moment on, the primary means to communicate with a recruit will be through the mail. Although, the command does not endorse or recommend what delivery service to send recruits mail, a standard letter delivered through the United States Postal Service is the traditional method.