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Hi just would like to Network with the other mothers in this division.. Peace to all

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OKAY LADIES OF THE 900's....... When my son was in the 800 are spec Ops... the 900 were performance - drums, music etc. They perform at the PIR --- I could be wrong and they may have changed that. I guess we will find out. :0)

myhero - please join in the PIR main group - we would enjoy your input. Also please put your ship and Div beside your name like Ms. Ampi and newhorizons.... =0)
The 900 divisions are the performing divisions. They are the SR's/sailors who work and perform at 1 or 2 PIR's before theirs and at their own as well. They could be carrying a flag in the 50 state flags, on the drill team, in the band, or in the choir. They could also be working behind the scenes opening doors for officials, showing people where to go, or body snatchers etc. (Body Snatchers walk up and down between the rows of sailors at PIR and look for anyone who looks like they may pass out, they have to stand for a very long time and often lock their knees which cuts the blood flow and makes them faint). My daughter was in the choir. So if you find out your SR is in the Choir and want some tips on the best place to sit etc just let me know. The performing divisions are known as the best of the best. They are usually handpicked for this division or they can volunteer for it if they have band, drill team, choir, or marching experience. Those in this division have usually scored high on the ASVAB. They have extra expectations from them that other SR's do not have. They also have to spend a lot of time practicing their routine and still do all the stuff the other recruits have to do. Sometimes this division may get to preform off base. These performances can include ballgames, parades, and other events. .........Also if you order ribbons from me and your SR is in the band or choir let me know and i will add a music note to your ribbons to signify their position.
It is okay, my sailor had PIR July 23rd, graduated A-school Sept 23rd, and her husband had PIR Oct 29th. ASVAB is the test they take before they join. They have to get a certain score to be able to join any branch of the military and the score they get determines what rate/jobs they can choose from when they join.
I am sure it is okay to mention a job or rate as it is actually called. Especially since he may not even being doing that now. My SIL wanted to switch to EOD but when he found out how much time he would have to be away from his wife (my sailor/daughter) he changed his mind. Hopefully you will get a letter soon that explains what he is doing both in the 900 divisions and as his rate. Oh, I accepted your friend request if you have any questions or want to talk without it being in a post just let me know.
mewhorizons - perhaps the choir is what landed him in 900's ! Damage control - thats a good rate! awesome.
Really I am going to have to find out more about Rates. What is a rate? No not choir he is not a singer to my knowledge. Between you and me I am glad I read and stressed so much over SWCC for months. I want him to go to school in the Navy and pursue his original goal of Medicine. He would be very good at it. I am just so excited for his entire future! I sort of secretly wish he would meet a navy girl with the same interests and he would travel the world with her...I know that sounds silly but I do love the idea alot. Exactly like your daughter and her Nathan!
I am not sure why my daughter is in the performance group. She wasn't in band or choir...
Hi Ship Mates, Hope all are great. I gained a new perspective over night and feel much better about our new navy life. I had thought it was week 3 because of when my son arrived but now i believe it is week 2 due to all week arrivals.
I am sure that the beginning of the week will be rough but they will adjust by weeks end to the phsycial and mental conditioning. I am sure this will help their team building skills as well. Hopefully there is not much beating down going on. So far it sounds like our division has very comfortable SR's. Lets focus on building our own confidence this week. Peace Ladies
Goodmorning, I know what you mean about having someone in the Navy with your sailor and being able to travel the world together. It sounds like so much fun and such an adventure. And, hey they don't have to buy the tickets lol. Although I think if they are married the cannot be on the same ship together. I believe my daughter said one has to be shore duty and one sea duty so they may be apart for long stretches when one is out on tour. But if they met on the ship and weren't married yet that could be a whole different situation. Now they do have this no fraternization policy but I haven't really looked at that.

I saw you were wondering about what a rate is. A rate is their job. Like my sailor is (after she finishes school) an AO or Aviation Ordnanceman. That is what she does, her job (RATE). Navy Ranks are more than just who salutes whom. Navy rank is a badge of leadership. Responsibility for personnel, equipment, and mission grows with each increase in rank.

Many coming out of bootcamp are E2, which is Seaman Apprentice, E3 is a Seaman and E4 is Petty Officer 3rd class.
You can't confuse rank with pay grades, such as E-1, W-2 and O-5. Pay grades are administrative classifications used primarily to standardize compensation across the military services.
The "E" in E-1 stands for "enlisted" while the "1" indicates the pay grade for that position.
The other pay categories are "W" for warrant officers and "O" for commissioned officers.
Some enlisted pay grades have two ranks.

Service members in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually either in some kind of training status or on their initial assignment. The training includes the basic training phase where recruits are immersed in military culture and values and are taught the core skills required by their service component.
Basic training is followed by a specialized or advanced training phase that provides recruits with a specific area of expertise or concentration. In the Navy this area is known as a Rate.

I know it is soooooo confusing lol. But maybe this helps a little. :-)
YES thank you for articulating this rate discription so well. The E standing is based on grades? So what are the jobs within each Navy Rank E-2 E-3 and E-4. Does it work that way?
new... best I can describe it and Lala is better at this... but in very simple terms their Rate is their job... Ordananceman, Rescue Swimmer, Aviation Mechanic.... etc.... the pay grades depend on several things.... how far along they are in their training and also time on their job.... my son is now an E2 - two stipes... when he finishes RSS he will be an E-3 then depending on time and experience through A school at in the fleet, he will move on up in rank... pay - stripes - honor... kinda simple but hope that helps...
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