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Memorize the Navy’s Rates
Most branches of the military refer to a person’s status and authority as rank. In the Navy, though, you should refer to it as a person’s rate. Memorize these rates before going to training. It could save you a lot of embarrassment, not to mention extra training used as punishment for misidentifying a superior officer.
There are three basic ratings within the Navy:
- Enlisted personnel
- Warrant officers
- Commissioned officers
While there are several grades within these categories, it’s most important to remember that commissioned officers have more authority than warrant officers and enlisted personnel. Warrant officers, however, are above enlisted personnel. If a recruit has just reached training, he or she is most likely at the very bottom of the hierarchy. That makes it important to give everyone proper respect.
Get in Better Shape
Navy recruit training will push you to your physical and mental limits. You can make this period less torturous by getting in better shape now.
Luckily, the Navy has a Personal Training Plan booklet that will help you prepare. It provides information about cardiovascular fitness, stretching, muscular strength, and developing aerobic endurance through a number of activities.
Best of all, you can benefit from the booklet’s training plan no matter what your current physical condition is. The Navy built the plan around its FITT concept. This program encourages:
- Frequency – exercise three to five times every week
- Intensity – hit your target heart rate
- Time – get 20 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity
- Type of Activity – choose an activity that you will enjoy
It doesn’t matter whether you start off running 10 miles a day or just walking around the block for 20 minutes. What matters is that you start where you are so that you can improve your physical fitness and prepare for Navy recruit training.
Learn Drill Basics
No one expects you to immediately know every aspect of Navy drill exercises, but you can make your life a lot easier by learning the basics before recruit training. When you hear “about face,” do you know what to do? Essentially, it means to turn around, but there is a specific way to do it that involves proper foot placement.
Other terms and movements you should know include:
- Rest positions
- Mark time
- Present arms
- Half step
- Forward march
You might think you already know what these commands mean, but there are often details that civilians don’t realize.
Navy recruit training will transform your body and mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get ready before training really starts. The more work you do now, the easier it will be once your reach Great Lakes.