Becoming a Sailor, Part 1: Arrival Night at Boot Camp

Becoming a Sailor, Part 1: Arrival Night at Boot Camp


When they get there, immediately we’re going
to be outside waiting for them and we’re going to start applying the stress right away. You’re going to adjust yourselves forward
to where your toes are up to and even with that horizontal line. One of the most intimidating aspects of joining
the Navy is the arrival at bootcamp. It’s your first test in performing under pressure. Getting them in, getting them to comply, start
listening to instruction. Getting loud with them, putting them under
stress because from the very, very beginning we need them to start making decisions, and
operating under a stressful environment. We’ll get them running, we’re going to be
loud with them. We’re getting them lined up, we’re going to
start giving them quick orders. Quick, fast orders, very specific. I’m going to ask you as a grown up what your
shoe size is. The goal tonight is, honestly to get throgh
a process. We have, what boils down to a four step process. I’m going to brief them initially, explain
expectations. You can now make a phone call right away while
you’re standing on this toe line. How to talk to us, how to stand, how to act. How to move and then we’re going to get them
in to diddy bag issue, where they get their initial PT gear. So we’re going to get them out of their civilian
clothes. They’re going to mail them home. We’re going to put them in PT gear so they
all look the same. We’re going to height and weigh them, make
sure they’re in standards and we’re going to get them in for urinalysis. So that’s our mission. You no longer have personal space, welcome
to the United States Navy. Everybody is scared walking through the door. But listen, listen to every word that’s spoken,
because the little words are what’s going to get you the attention you don’t want. Stop moving. If we tell you to run, run. If we tell you to stop, stop. If we tell you to look straight forward, look
straight forward. If we tell you to shut your mouth, shut your
mouth. You need to be able to listen and do what
you’re told quickly. Don’t just act through fear of stress. You have to be able to make decisions, listen
to input and do things accurately the first time. That’s going to be the key to success. … I also said you’ll sound off. The bootcamp arrival is a seminal experience
in joining the Navy, but it’s just the first step. Keep watching for more information on what
it takes to be a US sailor and how you can succeed. Do you understand?

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