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Is there any difference in training for a fleet sailor and a Seabee sailor at RTC?

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Comment by lemonelephant on May 30, 2013 at 11:22pm

You may want to join the group, Seabee Moms (clickable link). What will his rating (job/specialty) be?

Also, when did or will your future Sailor ship to BC and/or do you know his PIR date.

(To join a group, click on the group name and after the group page opens, click on “+ Join...” in the upper right.)

Comment by cs3370cs on May 31, 2013 at 8:56am

Thanks for the suggestion about Seabee Moms.  My son left for GL May 29th and I haven't received his package of stuff yet, nor his info letter (address, PIR date).  He enlisted to be a heavy equipment engineer and was told his "A" school would be Port Hueneme. He enlisted as an E2 because of his college credits.  I am so proud of him and can hardly wait to start getting letters from him.

Comment by lemonelephant on May 31, 2013 at 12:46pm

cs3370cs, join the group, DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in May, to connect with others with loved ones who left the same day and may have PIR together.

You may want to join, or at least check out, Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), PIR Reference Information, and New Members Stop Here. Once you know your SR’s PIR date and/or division number, watch in Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) and/or at and join the group for that once it has been created. There will be a lot of great information and support for you in those groups. Be sure to check out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) and Discussions within the groups. Arrival and What Happens at the RTC within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will let you know what is happening, but you will also want to check out the other Pages in all of the groups.

(Group names within this reply are clickable links.)

Comment by lemonelephant on May 31, 2013 at 12:50pm

Construction Mechanic (CM) is the only Seabee rating with "A" School in Port Hueneme, CA at the Naval Construction Training Center. The Rating Information Card for CM can be found at

Comment by cs3370cs on May 31, 2013 at 2:07pm

Well now I know what it is called.  Thank you for the actual terminology lemonelephant. I am learning all the acronyms slowly. 

Comment by lemonelephant on May 31, 2013 at 2:10pm

You are very welcome. What does ??? mean?  (A Guide to Navy Abbreviations and Terminology) within Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones) will help with many of the new terms and acronyms that you will be seeing or hearing.

Comment by FireTeamLeaderWife aka FTLW on June 3, 2013 at 4:56pm

I see that lemonelephant gave you info about Seabee's and the specific schooling for your recruits rating (occupational specialty) plus some basic Boot camp info, I am adding this as you asked about training during BC and "is it different for a 'fleet' sailor and a Seabee Sailor." So, I hope I am not missing something and being redundant :-)

I am guessing you are asking as you may have heard that Seabee's don't go out into the fleet? May never actually sail on a ship? "Land sailor"? I have a Seabee (reservist) son :-)

All enlisted personnel in the Navy are Sailors and all go through the same basic Boot Camp.

(So, Seabees are still Sailors first [but they prefer to be called Seabees in general! They all have different ratings within the Seabee community as well] even though they don't do much sailing!)

Boot Camp is the same basic training/requirements for all Recruits at RTC to become Sailors.

None of the Recruits are "Seabees", "Nukes" etc. until they complete their A schools, even though we like to say, "He went in for Nukes. "She's going to be a Seabee" :-) Nothin' wrong in looking forwards!

The rating that they enlisted to school for after they have become Sailors has no bearing on their basic training. The exception "might be" for those with SPECOP contracts. They have all of the regular basics of Boot Camp and some extra physical requirements.

So the specific training comes after their "A" schools for those that enlisted with a rating in their contract. For those that are undesignated (no rating,) they do not have an A school after BC but go to a short training period to ready them further to go out into the fleet.

Hope that answers your question :-)

Comment by cs3370cs on June 3, 2013 at 5:34pm

Yes, it does.  I am very happy everyone is so helpful in order to get me through this stuff.  Thanks


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