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Hey everyone!  I am a Navy Nuke Girlfriend, and a future sailor myself (CTI).  My Nuke Boyfriend gets automatic E-3 just for being amazingly smart, but most of the rest of us don't have that option.  Did you all know that your future sailors can advance a pay grade before they even get to Boot Camp?  Look in the S.T.A.R.T. Guide Page 29 for all of the different ways to advance early.  For me, NONE of those options was available - I was new to my area and had no friends to recruit, I had never done any college or vocational training, and had never been a part of any programs like Sea Cadets, Girl Scouts, etc.  There was only ONE option for me to get early advancement to E-2 - passing the RTC PQS (sometimes called DEP PQS) during the Week 1 Processing Days of RTC.

For those of you who don't know, here's the basic idea:  A test can be taken in the first week of Boot Camp that determines your level of knowledge on 11 major subjects which will otherwise be learned during Boot Camp.  If you pass this test, you get advancement to E-2.  ALL OF THE INFORMATION TO PASS THIS TEST IN IN THE START GUIDE, and there is even an outline of readiness for the test in the back of the START Guide.  Basically, your future sailor can advance early (meaning more pay sooner) simply by learning things beforehand to make the RDCs' job easier.

Using the START Guide outline and all of the information within I have created a flashcard learning and test set on Quizlet.  It's a great way to learn all the required information without being overwhelmed by the book.  Keep in mind that the actual test is less than 50 questions - you just don't know what particular questions it will contain.

WHY should you tell your future sailor about this?

#1 They already know and aren't taking it seriously because they don't realize what a huge benefit it is.  

#2 It breaks down a seemingly overwhelming task into manageable learning material making the benefits easily achievable.  

#3 If your future sailor does not get early advancement in RTC they will have to wait an unnecessary minimum 9 months to promote -  if on the other hand they pass the PQS they will have nearly $200 a month effective immediately, graduate RTC with 2 stripes (as opposed to nothing), and will be utilizing the next 9 months to promote to E-3!  

#4 Keep in mind that all of the information they need to learn for this test is information they HAVE to learn to graduate Boot Camp.  What does that mean?  That means that even if they do not pass the PQS, their experience in Boot Camp will not be as difficult as it would have been because their studying will have given them an advantage.  Less cramming, less last-minute memorization, less stress.  Oh, and less pain/exhaustion - Fitness is one of the subjects tested in the PQS.  Start practicing and learning now, fellow future sailors!  It can ONLY help you.

Sorry, I know I'm long-winded.  I also know that the users of this site have varying degrees of experience and knowledge and I want to make sure everyone has a shot at this.  I ship out in less than a month and I feel SOOOOO prepared and ready since I have been studying and working out to pass the RTC PQS.

*There are MANY navy pqs sets on quizlet.  I made mine because all the others I found were flawed, partial, or just poinless in general.  Mine is the most accurate, the most inclusive, the most relevant, and you can check ALL of it in the START Guide.*

Without further fluff'n'stuff:

If that doesn't work for you, go to and type in 

Navy RTC PQS Sections 1 - 11

by elise_barnette

Good Luck everyone!!!

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@ concernedad:    After A school, as soon as they have their time in rate, and the next Navy-wide advancement cycle happens.

I was on an old experimental program, where I got my crow at 10 weeks into A school.  ETs used to learn basics during that first phase, then comms, then radar.  Older ETs were either communication or radar, but they combined them.  The Navy decided that since ETs were badly needed in the fleet to advance us, and if we failed radar or comms, we'd still be useful.  That ended shortly.  Too many petty officers without a clue.  Heck, I made E-5 in C school.  Not such a good thing.

I didn't even know about this until my son called me last night saying he passed the first PFT, swim qual,and passed the DEP test and is getting E2.   I'm glad he knew about because I was clueless.


Good find, resurrecting this old discussion. Definitely something moms need to be made aware of. 

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