Since he has nothing else to do (no job, no school, no friends in our new town) Chris has been working hard studying his DEP book and working out.
Today he passed the fitness test at the monthly DEP meeting and is close to passing the other stuff (ranks/rates, phonetic alphabet, Sailor's Creed, etc).
I know he will get an automatic promotion for passing, but does it do anything else for him? Will anyone really care that he has done all this work before entering boot camp? He has to do it all again in boot camp, right?
What's the point? Why do they award sailors with a promotion for something they will learn again in a few months anyway?