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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.

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