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Q: How often will I be able to PT while in Bootcamp?

A: The average time that student’s get to PT in Bootcamp is 17-20 times. Students have shown, on average, a slight increase on all PST events before graduation.

Q: How much do we workout in Boot Camp? I heard you get out of shape?

A: It is imperative that students get into the best physical shape possible before shipping to Boot Camp. There will be a down time in Boot Camp during in-processing that students won't be able to conduct PT; however, once processed you will take your entry level PST for contract validation, then students can expect to PT almost every day. There is no reason why a student should get out of shape (pending he/she is Fit for Full Duty (FFD). Our test comparisons (when entering and departing Boot camp) indicate that the majority of students get faster, stronger.

Q: Will I have the opportunity to really get in shape while in Bootcamp?

A: No. While students do show slight improvement on their PST scores here, arrive in shape. Don't expect to get in shape in Bootcamp.

Q: What is Bootcamp like for Warrior Challenge students?

A: Boot camp seems to be a shocker to most. While physically it isn't that difficult, there is a mental hurdle that most recruits have to overcome. It's easy to take for granted the basic freedoms that we have daily, i.e., getting up when you want, eating when you want, coming home when you want,.etc. Students must realize that all of those freedoms will be taken away while in boot camp. Be prepared to spend the next 8 weeks without a cell phone, getting up when your Recruit Division Commander (RDC) says, eating chow when they say and basically having your 14-16 hour day planned for you starting at 0400-2000. Remember, the journey into the Navy begins with learning about discipline, organization and teamwork. The more that you prepare yourself by memorizing your 11 General Orders, Rank Recognition, Sailors Creed will lessen the stress of having to memorize these upon arriving as you are experiencing sleep deprivation. Those who do "NOT" prepare in this manner struggle and at times quit or fail Recruit Training. (BE Prepared for RTC, other pipeline training comes later).Bottom line if you do not graduate from RTC you will "NOT go to Prep or "A" school. None of that comes with a cell phone or skinny jeans.

Q: Are Warrior Challenge students mixed in with the non-Spec Op's Rates?

A: NSW Warrior Challenge candidates will be placed into 800 divisions. The 800 division concept is a management tool that allows us to more easily manage the W/C students and ensure that they are given opportunities to conduct Physical Training (PT) as necessary to maintain their level of readiness. On a few occasions, some students arrive and we are unable to place them into an 800 division. Instead, they fill other divisions (usually in groups of 10 or more -non-Spec ops rates). When this happens, Dive Motivator staff will engage with these students and ensure that they are given the same opportunities to conduct training as students in 800 divisions. Simply put, 800 divisions allows us to manage all students together without having to pull students from multiple divisions; but, when recruiting ships too few numbers to fill an 800 division, the result is students in non-800 divisions. The impact on the student physically is negligible since they are given the same opportunities to Physically Train (PT) as other 800 divisions.

Q: I'm an ok swimmer, but will I get swim help at Bootcamp?

A: Yes, Dive Motivators provided stroke development to those students that need it.

Q: I'm concerned that when I get to Bootcamp I won't be adequately prepared. What more can I do to get prepared?

A: Listen to your mentor. Mentors will provide both physical training as well as training to prepare you for what Bootcamp will be like (mental preparation). Prepare your body as well as your mind. Things will be different in the Military, but focus on your goals and you will be fine.

Q: When I ship from home, is there anyone at Bootcamp that I can talk to about the special programs?

A: Yes, your division will be greeted by a Dive Motivator the first week of arrival. You will have weekly mentoring sessions with Dive Motivators to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Dive Motivators are there for your support/training.

Q: Will I be able to come home after Bootcamp or the prep course?

A: Students should not expect to be able to go home after Bootcamp (no leave opportunity after Bootcamp) or the NSW Preparatory course. However, depending on the time of year that a student enters the prep pipeline, some students may be allowed a two week leave period (depending on holidays), but most do not. Note: There are no SCHEDULED student leave periods after Bootcamp or NSW Preparatory school.

Q: What do most candidates find to be most difficult in training?

A: Each candidate arrives with their own challenges. Even after working with Mentors, some students still seem to show up lacking in one or more physical abilities. The most common areas of weakness at boot camp are: Lack of upper body strength, slow running times, and using improper technique while performing the physical screening test (PST). Candidates are encouraged to pay particular attention to the guidance they receive from their respective mentors. It is important to note that even though the Mentors will give you the guidance and tools you need to be successful, it is ultimately your responsibility to train smart, train hard, and put in the miles (swimming/running) to ensure you are mentally and physically prepared for the challenges that lay ahead of you. Moreover, it is essential that you start training as soon as possible.

Q: Will they drop me for medical issues like; shin splints, runners knee, IT band?

A: If a student develops stress changes, chin splints or PFS (Patella Femoral Syndrome) anytime during the pipeline, that student will be evaluated by medical and a rehab plan will be put in place to help the student heal, regain strength, and ultimately get stronger. This rehab time can be between 2 weeks to 4 months, depending on the injury. Student success is important and medical does provide every opportunity to succeed; however, if a student relapses and gets re-injured after the protocol is followed, a medical review board is conducted to determine if the student is medically suitable for the program or if the student should go to the fleet and heal before re-applying.

Q: What should I do besides the PST to better prepare myself for training?

A: While the PST is important for getting and keeping your contract, it is not the only thing a student should be focused on. It is highly recommended that each student practice swimming with fins (a minimum of 1 or 2 times per week) and train for more than just a 1.5 mile run before shipping to Bootcamp. Students should be swimming and running at least 3 days a week. Your mentor will provide you with suggested training guidelines and oversight during training, but utilizing training time effectively is probably the most important factor for all students.

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