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Navy Seaman Recruit

E-1 Junior Enlisted, U.S. Navy
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How to get promoted to Seaman Recruit Navy Promotion to E-1 Seaman Recruit

A Seaman Recruit is a Junior Enlisted in the United States Navy at DoD paygrade E-1. This page describes how the Navy determines who is eligible for the promotion list to Seaman Recruit.

To reach the rank of E-1, all sailors must complete Basic Training, or "Boot Camp", which lasts 8 weeks in North Chicago, IL. Until graduation, they are Recruits and essentially E-"nothings".

Upon graduation, sailors may be promoted to E-1, E-2, or E-3 depending on several factors. Their initial signing contract may pre-designate a rating. Highly technical ratings, such as Nuclear Electronics Technicians, are all immediately promoted to E-3 after Basic Training. If the sailor was a meritorious JROTC Cadet, Sea Cadet, or Boy or Girl Scout, this may also warrant immediate promotions as put in writing by their recruiters. A sailor may also receive an immediate promotion for being the "honor graduate" of their Basic Training class.

There are over a dozen ways to immediately promote past E-1 after Basic Training. Speak with a Navy Recruiter for more details. And remember, in the military, nothing is guaranteed unless it is in writing.

Want to learn more? Read about the Navy's Seaman Recruit rank on Military-Ranks.org.