This site is for mothers of kids in the U.S. Navy and for Moms who have questions about Navy life for their kids.

Navy Social Links Para Padres

Visite esta página para explorar en su idioma las oportunidades de educación y carreras para sus hijos en el Navy.

Format Downloads:

First Time Here?

Before you get started, make sure to read over our Community Guidelines.

Create a profile so you can post Photos and Videos of your son or daughter and share stories with other moms.

If you’re looking for specific answers or just someone to talk with one-on-one, browse the Forums or search Members profiles.

Navy Speak

See this PDF for Navy Speak

N4M Merchandise


**Please note: Profits generated in the production of this merchandise are not being awarded to the Navy or any of its suppliers. Any profit made is retained by cafepress or zazzle


I was playing around and saw this. Thought it may help someone.

Learning to Speak "Navy"

If you're new to the military, or simply new to the Navy, be warned. You're going to have to learn a whole new vocabulary to communicate with your soon to be Sailor.
Actually, Sailor is the first term you must learn. Although your Recruit is officially in the United States Navy from the swearing in ceremony, he or she is at first just that - a lowly Recruit. It's part of their name, now; when you get the address to boot camp, you'll see that you have to write "SR" (Seaman Recruit) as part of the name. Your Recruit also will wear a hat with "Recruit" emblazoned across the front. After battlestations, Recruits are officially known as Sailors. There is a capping ceremony, during which a new NAVY hat is given to the new Sailors. One more point of interest is that the word Sailor should always be capitalized.

PIR - Pass In Review - Boot Camp Graduation.
ASMO - Assignment Memorandum - to be sent back in recruit training. RDC's frequently threaten their Division with being ASMO'd. Recruits do get ASMO'd for disciplinary or medical, or because a recruit has not passed a test.

Brother (or Sister) Divisions - Divisions sharing the same ship and PIR date.

Ship - Barracks -
Division - A group of about 88 recruits that live, work, train, and (hopefully) will graduate together.

SIQ - Sick In Quarters - Really Recruits who are very sick or have extensive dental work are confined to their rack.

Ricky Crud - The upper respiratory, headaches, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nosebleeds that plague a very large number of those in Boot Camp.

Ricky Heaven - An area in the RTC NEX which has games, fast food, internet access and telephones. Toward the end of boot camp, divisions may be awarded time in Ricky Heaven.

NEX - The Navy Exchange - A department store for Navy personnel and their families. The NEX at RTC is small, and sells items the Recruits will need during boot camp, as well as Navy souvenirs

PT - Physical Training

P-Days - Processing Days, also known as P-Week - P-Days occur when Recruits first arrives at boot camp. During P-Days, they are issued initial equipment, uniforms, and supplies. They are undergo medical and psychological tests, are interviewed, and are ultimately assigned to a division. When P-Week is over, Boot Camp officially begins.

IT - Intensive Training - Getting IT’d is a consequence for all sorts of infractions.

PI - Personal Inspections - An inspection of a recruit's personal appearance and uniform. A recruit can earn between one and five points for PI. Points are taken away for irregularities such as an off center belt.

Captain's Cup - A field day, during which the divisions compete against each other. It is usually held the Saturday before graduation.

Battle Stations - The final boot camp test. It is a twelve hour long simulation of battles, crises, and ship life. It's a make or break event, that takes place on a state of the art simulated ship called the USS Trayer. The ship actually sits in water, and sights, sounds smells, and motion provide very realistic simulation of various historical Naval crises that the Recruits must successfully overcome. If the Recruits pass, they graduate from boot camp, and are allowed to trade in their recruit cap for a Navy cap in a very moving ceremony. Read more about Battle Stations here.

Marlinspike - A life size, model ship where Recruits practice mooring, line handling, putting out to sea and other aspects of Basic Seamanship.

PFA - Physical Fitness Assessment - There are two assessments that a Recruit must pass in order to graduate. The second PFA takes place during the 6th week of training.

DMI - Departmental Material Inspection - An inspection of bed making, folding, and stowing of gear.

Watch - Standing Watch - Time spent guarding the ship (barracks and sometimes trash cans).

Muster - Roll Call

LLD - Light Limited Duty - Given to recruits who are not up to par physically due to illness, injury or dental work.

SEPS - Separation - The barracks for those who are awaiting separation from the Navy.

THU - Temporary Holding Unit - The barracks for those who are finished with boot camp, but are waiting to be transferred to school or their duty station.

BS - Battlestations

BZ - Bravo Zulu - "Well Done"

CO - Commanding Officer

PO - Petty Officer

Rack - Bed

Head - Bathroom

Chit - Request for special permission - A sailor fills out a chit for such things as requesting leave, getting a tattoo, or moving off base.

BCG - Boot Camp Glasses (also known as Birth Control Glasses) - The singularly unattractive large, black rimmed glasses issued to Recruits.

RDC - Recruit Division Commander - The Navy's version of the 'drill sergeant'.

Peanut Butter Shot - A very painful shot given in the buttocks or thigh.

Great Mistakes - A slang term for Great Lakes Naval Training Center.

Rate and Rating - Two important terms that are often confused and misused. ( I am checking up on this. Moms do not all agree)
RATE is who bosses the Sailor, and whom the Sailor can boss.
RATING is the job a Sailor has.
PAY GRADE is the base pay of a Sailor.

R-POC - Recruit Chief Petty Officer - The Recruit in charge of the division when the RDC’s aren’t there. The R-POC also leads the division when marching. The Recruit who is R-POD at the end of boot camp will be promoted to an E-3, but there is usually a lot of turnover for the position. The RDC's wouldn't want anyone's head to swell.

A-ROC - Assignment Recruit Petty Officer - This Recruit is the second in command when the RDC's are not present.

Yeoman - Clerk or secretary - Yeomans take care of paperwork, and spend a lot of time in the office. There are three Boot Camp yeomen: Medical, Dental, and the "general" Yeoman.

Master At Arms - The MAA is the Recruit responsible for discipline in the division. He or she must make sure the division behaves and that the galley is properly cleaned. The Master At Arms is usually unpopular with the other Recruits, and but is punished for their mistakes. It requires great leadership skills

Views: 279

Comment by MISMYSAMI(corpsemans mom) on December 22, 2009 at 6:45pm
Do you have a book for this?
Comment by Anti M on December 22, 2009 at 7:13pm
Rate, rating and rank are confusing. Even as a sailor myself, I'd use "rank" for paygrade. although technically only officers "have rank". Enlisted paygrades are rate, while jobs are ratings.

from Wikipedia:

A United States Navy enlisted rate indicates where an enlisted sailor stands within the chain of command, and also defines one's pay grade. An enlisted sailor's rate is similar conceptually to a naval officer's rank. The word rate refers to an enlisted sailor's pay grade, while the word rating refers to one's area of occupational specialization within the enlisted Navy. Associated with the enlisted pay grades is a numbering system from the most junior enlisted sailor ("E-1") to the most senior enlisted sailor ("E-9"). This enlisted numbering system is the same across all five branches of the U.S. Military.[1] Rates are displayed on a rating badge, which is a combination of rate and rating. E-1s through E-3s have color coded group rate marks based on their career field.
Comment by Anti M on December 22, 2009 at 7:17pm
Scuttlebutt: Rumors and gossip. Old sailing ships had casks of drinking water, known as butts. Since it had a hole in it, it had been "scuttled". So you hung around the scuttled butt to get a drink and a break, a chance to gossip. Just like the water cooler in an office today!
Comment by PaulaP (Ship11/Div 178) on April 9, 2012 at 12:59am

My son got a great book, one that he will get in boot camp in paper back! It's called the Navy Bluejacket. He got it from who was there the day my son was born. A Captain in the navy.  He told him it would be his Navy "Bible". My daughter -n-law plan on reading it while he is gone to learn more about Navy life, customs and codes.  It's a GREAT reference guide and can be found on Amazon.


You need to be a member of Navy For Moms to add comments!

Join Navy For Moms

© 2016   Created by Navy for Moms Admin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service