The navy training camp or boot camp is a eight week intensive training camp held for recruits to determine whether they have got in them to pass and succeed the test and graduating as a fully fledged personnel of the navy.

There a few things you practise and keep in advance before attending the boot camp. Physical fitness is a key factor, as the camp pushes you to your limits and makes you better. Being unfit will decommission you from the training.

Learn how to swim, at least the basics as it will help you adapt in the training. Of course the will teach you the basics to pass the test but it better to be prepared.

The navy has one of the stringent and zero tolerance policy on tobacco use compared to the other wings of defence. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside, outside and within perimeters of the camp.

Boot camps can be class intensive and you should learn to adapt and handle stress, as it will definitely help you out.

Another few tips are learning to make your rack bed at 45 degree ‘hospital’ corners, ironing military uniforms, reading the blue jacket manual, listening to lessons on first aid, seamanship, uniform and grooming tips, being able to memorise the alphabetical orders( alpha, bravo, Charlie..) and being able to perform physical exercises like push ups , pull ups, sit ups and mile long runs.


During the nine weeks you will be taught everything from scratch. The first three weeks are the toughest.

In week 1, basic swimming qualifications will be taught. Drown proofing, treading, jumping into and dive entries will be taught too. The first week is usually the most physical enduring and intensive week.

In week 2, recruits receive dress uniforms, attending classes on professionalism, training to breathe in oxygen breathing apparatus masks, and writing their first written test.

In week 3, there is less class and more hands on experience learning in line hand drills and first aid. Physical drills and exercise will carry on along too.

In week 4, recruits will learn to shoot live ammo guns like the M16 and shotgun. Physical training will increase up to sit reach, curls ups , push ups and a 1.5 mile run.

In week 5, it involves mainly increasing the number hours on live rounds up to an additional 30 hours.

In week 6, recruits mainly learn to train and equip gas masks during tear gas sessions.

In week 7, recruits practise live fire fighting situations in ships and master battle station elements to test their skills till now.

In week 8, after passing battle station it mainly focuses on out processing and final pass in review.


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