N-FAQs 16 – Top 5 Ways To Get Promoted In Boot Camp

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In this week’s episode of N-FAQs, we look at the top five ways to get promoted while in boot camp.


do u have any tips on how to get moved up while at bootcamp ?


Ah, now this is quite an interesting question!

Although you can only get promoted up to E-3 in boot camp, getting promoted in boot camp is quite simply the best way to make rank quickly. Keep it up, and they’ll be calling you Chief before you know it!

Although there is no definitive list of all the things you can do to get promoted while in boot camp, I can give you a top 5 list to get you started. So here it is, the Top Five Ways To Get Promoted In Boot Camp:

5 – Have previous experience

If you are or were a member of a select group of organizations and have proof of membership, then you will be advanced in rank. The ones that I know of are Eagle Scouts, Boy Scouts, JROTC, an accredited military academy, and Sea Cadets.

Also, if you have college credits as well as transcripts, then you will be promoted, pending on how many credits you have. Keep in mind that you should take care of this with your recruiter before you go to boot camp so that you will be guaranteed advancement.

4 – Do your job well

If your RDCs (the Navy equivalent of drill sergeants) see that you’re a squared-away recruit who’s does well with whatever task they’re assigned, then they may exercise their ability to promote you. This kinda leads into my next tip:

3 – Go above and beyond expectations

For example, when I first got to boot camp, I could barely keep up with my Chief when we ran. However, I ran with him the whole time during the final PFA and passed! I could tell that he was really proud of me that day!

2 – Do what you’re told, when you’re told, and how you’re told to do it

Before I got on the bus for boot camp, I was told by one of the Chiefs at the airport that boot camp is a lot easier if you do what you’re told, when you’re told, and how you’re told to do it. After coming out of boot camp in one piece, I couldn’t agree more with what he said!

And the number one way to get promoted in boot camp is:

1 – Help your shipmates

This is the main lesson that the RDCs are there to teach you, which is why it’s #1. If you catch on quick, then they may throw you a bone here and there during your stay in boot camp.

Hope this helps!

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