The U.S. Navy Recruiting Training Command (RTC), also known as “boot camp” will last about seven weeks. During this training you will be transformed from a civilian to a Sailor with all the skills necessary to serve your country. The training will include [physical fitness], seamanship, firearms, firefighting, and on ship damage control. It will also include lessons in the Navy’s heritage and core values (Honor, Courage, Commitment), teamwork, and discipline. Boot camp is challenging, however the rewards are endless.
The first week of boot camp is known as processing week or P-Days. You will go through medical, dental, and administrative screenings during P-Days.
The next two weeks of training are extremely difficult. Your body and mind will have to adjust quickly to the new challenges. You must memorize your chain of command, rank recognition, and general orders. You will perform security watches where you will challenge all persons on or near your post.
In the final four weeks of training, you will work out on a regular basis. Much of your day will be spent in a hands-on technical training environment or classroom. The key to completing this stage of your training is to concentrate on teamwork, self-discipline, and attention to detail. After successful completion of this stage of your training, you will be prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.