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Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Join The Navy

Basic Training

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The Navy only has one location for enlisted basic training : the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, halfway between Chicago and Milwaulkee. Unlike the other services, much of Navy Boot Camp is conducted indoors. Yep -- there's indoor marching and drill, the confidence course is indoors, and even weapons (shotgun and pistol) are fired indoors. This makes a lot of sense if you think about it -- much of Navy life and duty is spent inside a ship or submarine. The Recruit Training Command processes more than 54,000 recruits through Navy Boot Camp, per year.

Before you can depart for Navy basic training, you must pass an initial fitness assessment. Your recruiter administers this test. The initial standards are:

MALE

Age: 17-19
Sit-ups: 50
Push-ups: 42
1.5 mile run: 12:30

Age: 20-24
Sit-ups: 46
Push-ups: 37
1.5 mile run: 13:30

Age: 25-29
Sit-ups: 43
Push-ups: 34
1.5 mile run: 14:00

Age: 30-34
Sit-ups: 40
Push-ups: 31
1.5 mile run: 14:30

FEMALE

Age: 17-19
Sit-ups: 50
Push-ups: 19
1.5 mile run: 15:00

Age: 20-24
Sit-ups: 46
Push-ups: 16
1.5 mile run: 15:30

Age: 25-29
Sit-ups: 43
Push-ups: 13
1.5 mile run: 16:08

Age: 30-34
Sit-ups: 40
Push-ups: 11
1.5 mile run: 16:45

During the first week of basic training, you will also have to pass a Navy 3rd Class Swim Test. If you can't swim, don't worry. The Navy instructors will teach you how (at least well enough to pass this test).

In order to graduate from Navy basic training, you must score at least a "Good (Low)" score on the normal Navy Physical Readiness Test (PRT). For those who are age 17 through 19, that means:

MALE

Sit-ups: 62
Push-ups: 51
1.5 mile run: 11:00

FEMALE

Sit-ups: 62
Push-ups: 24
1.5 mile run: 13:30

The Navy does not usually grant leave (vacation) immediately after basic training. When you graduate from Navy basic, you'll proceed to your Navy A-School (job school). Your first leave will be when you graduate from A-School, or around 10 days during the Christmas period, whichever happens first. If you enlisted under the GENDET or GTEP programs (no guaranteed job), your first leave will be at the descretion of your supervisor.

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