Friday, 1 March 2013
12:23:27 AM (GMT)
Okay, so I've only been officially in the Navy a few months now, but from what I
know of this site, it's a lot of young teens/young adults who don't seem to pay much
attention to the actual military functions. So, this is my account of the first five
months of my Navy career.
Firstly, I shipped to Basic Training in Chicago, Illinois, the only Recruit Training
Command currently operating. This was on November 6, of 2012. Basic Training of the
Navy is very simple, they teach you to follow orders, no matter how ludicrous they
may be. It's all about attention to detail, simple things will always go wrong, they
teach you to minimize the amount of mistakes you make. This is done my humiliation,
intensive physical training, and degredation. But, once you put it all behind you,
it's not an awful experience.
My worst mistake in Basic was within the first week of arriving at the command. The
consequences, public humiliation in front of hundreds of people. Fellow recruits,
most with their hair cut the same day as mine. I could feel their eyes watching, and
had to keep going. Then, I had to relive it with my recruit-mates, they wanted every
detail. Then the staff, but it was lived down.
The structure of the training is simple, a chain of command, mostly recruit-based, to
solve all problems at the lowest level, all between us. If it was a severe
infraction, we would go to our Recruit Division Commanders (I had an BMC, and MAC,
and a CS2), they would solve those problems, and make us pay for the trouble. It only
got the that point a few times. All recruits are divided into approximately 90 person
divisions, with a brother division that you train along side with. Housing is hell,
80-90 people in one room, half your division, the other half the brother division.
The rest of the people share an identical compartment across the P-way.
All hygiene and cleanliness is maintained by the recruits, the RDCs will lever lend a
But, that's that, it's really not that bad, if you want to know more, message me.
I graduated Basic Training on January 4, 2013, and arrived at my new command on
January 5, where I am currently stationed for my technical training. The rate I am
training for is simply called a nuke, with three rates involved. Machinist's Mate,
Electrician's Mate, and Electrical Technician. I'm training to be an MM. The nuke
aspece only means that upon completion of all formal training, every nuke becomes
nuclear qualified to operate the reactors aboard submarines and aircraft carriers.
Training is seperated into three categories, "A" school, power school, and then
prototype. This is just for nukes. Most other rates only have one school in the
beginning, and must volunteer and be chosen for others. "A" school for me is three
and a half months. For EMs and ETs, it is six. Power school is another six months.
And same with prototype. In between school you stand watches, and maintain the
academic part of the base.
The schooling is hard, eight hours a day for one subject, test every five days. So,
forty hours of material per test, not to mention each test is cummulative. Each week,
you are assigned a set of study hours based on your overall GPA. You have no choice
in the matter, and there is no comfortability allowed during study time. You must
sign in to the school building, register into the study log, start and stop. No
music, no talking, no electronics of any kind allowed. Only you and your school book.
Then, when finished with the study hours of the night, you must sign out of the
school building. Signing in and out of the building is done with an electronic scan
on your security badge.
But, that's about all I have at the moment. As I said before, message me if you want