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Week Nine brings us to a pivotal point in their transformation. Recruits will test all of their newly gained skill and confidence that they have gained.

Becoming a Sailor

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Olympia O. Martin

Battle Stations! This is a grueling 12-hour capstone test and a hands-on survival at sea exercise designed to test everything your recruits have learned. It’s a whirlwind of teamwork, watch standing, seamanship, firefighting, damage control, and more – challenging, exciting, exhausting, and incredibly inspiring.

This is the ultimate test. To earn the title of United States Navy Sailor and graduate from boot camp, your recruits must demonstrate their mastery of these skills without instructor intervention.

United States Sailor

If your recruit conquers Battle Stations, they’ll experience a truly emotional and motivating ceremony: The Capping Ceremony. This marks the official end of their recruit phase and their transformation into Sailors.

By placing the Navy ball cap on their head, they’ll declare to the world that they’ve earned the right to be called a United States Navy Sailor. It’s a powerful moment and the first time they’ll recite the Sailor’s Creed as a Sailor!

With this new title comes a significant responsibility. As Sailors, they’ll be expected to uphold the Navy’s Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, living up to the true meaning of “Shipmate.”

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Camilo Fernan

If all goes well during Battle Stations, your recruit will have the opportunity to grab a well-deserved meal and, most importantly, make a phone call home! The “I’m a Sailor Call” is often called a chance to share their incredible accomplishment with loved ones.

One Team, One Fight

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stephane Belcher

Building on the teamwork established in boot camp, Sailors will participate in thrilling Damage Control (DC) Olympics. These simulated real-world scenarios test their teamwork,  firefighting, and athletic ability in a competitive and fast-paced environment.

Here, recruit divisions can earn the coveted Captain’s Cup Flag, which signifies their success as a team.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Stephane Belcher

In your letter to your recruit, congratulate your Sailor and tune in for more insights into Week ten and graduation.


MCPO Don Garcia, USN (Ret)