The first step.
Congratulations on your loved one's decision to join the United States Navy! There are new experiences and opportunities ahead. As a member of the Delayed Entry Program, the candidate will begin Navy activities immediately.
There will be opportunities to learn more about the Navy's programs, which will help future Sailors prepare for recruit training. During DEP the Navy candidate will learn the core values of the Navy, the 11 General Orders, and other traditions. And so will you 🇺🇸
The mission of Recruit Training Command is embodied in the 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."
Overview of Training Weeks
The new Sailor will attend Navy A School after they have completed boot camp. The length and location of training depends on the specific rating. Navy A School does not have as many restrictions as boot camp, but does not have as many freedoms as a sailor will once they complete training.
As sailors gradually move through A School and complete different phases, their restrictions are slowly lifted and liberties are increased. Navy A School will teach functions related to rating job duties, but also ensure that sailors meet satisfactory physical requirements, appearance requirements and academic standards.
The Mystical Fleet
The term 'fleet' traditionally is used to describe the United States Navy's powerhouse of roughly 430 ships in active service or reserve. However, active duty use the term to describe the final leg of their training and starting their career.
The United States is home to more than 40 naval bases spread across the eastern and western coasts. The nation is also home to the world’s biggest naval base, Naval Station Norfolk. (See more bases)
The success of your loved one may end in four, or after twenty plus years of dedicated service. The transition from the military to the civilian world is the last step in the journey.
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