Military Recruiting

This page describes the process for signing up and the training involved when there is recruiting. Recruitment can be handled on-camera and RPed out, but due to the time involved in basic training we recommend it just be a part of your character's background.



There are several benefits to signing up:

* Better basic supplies (clothes, soap, etc.)
* Better medical benefits
* Better housing


A civilian can enlist into either the Navy or the Marines. The basic enlistment process is the same for both.

The first step is to contact a recruiter. For the Navy, this would be an officer in the Personnel department. For the Marines, this would be the company S1.

Then comes the paperwork/bureaucracy, including:

* Background check (somewhat difficult given the lack of official records from pre-attacks, but they still make the attempt)
* Medical physical (conducted by a military doctor)
* Aptitude test (similar to the RL ASVAB Test)
* Signing the enlistment papers. In peacetime, the standard term of enlistment is for three years. However, in wartime there is a clause that effectively extends enlistment for as long as the military needs you.

Recruits that fail the background check, physical or aptitude test will not be allowed to proceed into the training program.


Upon reporting for duty aboard a military vessel, recruits are greeted by a member of the training detachment (Navy or Marines, as appropriate to their branch) and spent most of the first day in "inprocessing". This includes a number of things:

* Medical - Vaccines and more paperwork (remember that the physical comes BEFORE you enlist)
* Personnel - More paperwork, including the all-important 'next of kin' forms.
* Equipment - Issued uniforms and training manuals.
* Berthing Assignment - Shown to your new bunk and locker.
* Miscellaneous - Confiscate contraband. Get a haircut if necessary. (they don't shave everyone's heads, but do have some standards regarding appearance)
* Briefing - Familiarize the recruit with what to expect - schedules, duties, general rules.


On the second day, the recruit will begin Basic Training, where they learn the basics of their job. This is normally 9 week program, and is followed by an even longer Advanced Individual Training program where the recruit learns specialized skills needed for his new job.


After finishing training, the recruit receives their first assignment.

Assignments are based on the needs of the military, the skills of the individual, and the preferences of the individual, in that order. They will normally make an attempt to honor promises made by the recruiter, but ultimately once you sign the enlistment papers they can assign you to whatever they want.

OOC: The staff will not normally force people into assignments they don't want. If you sign on to be an engineer, you'll get to be an engineer unless something really unusual happens. But for RP purposes, be aware that ICly you get sent where the military wants to send you.


All recruits begin as E1 (Recruit/Private) in basic training and stay at E1 until they finish basic.

AFTER basic training is complete, recruits with college experience will generally receive a promotion to E2 (Crewman/Lance Corporal).

Also AFTER basic, a recruit may be instated as a junior NCO (Sergeant/Petty Officer 2) if they have significant relevant job experience, such a senior civilian engineering tech joining the engineering department.

Also AFTER basic, a recruit may be commissioned as an officer, if:

1. They are assigned to a job role where everyone is an officer (pilot, doctor, lawyer) 'or'
2. They have education and/or leadership experience that makes them well-suited to a leadership role.

Doctors, Lawyers and Scientists are commissioned at O2 (LtJG) or O3 (Lt) depending on their level of experience. In rare cases (such as someone who was Chief of Staff of a hospital) they may be commissioned as O4 (Captain). All other officers are commissioned at O1 (Ensign).

Basic Training

Basic Training is where a civilian learns to become a soldier or sailor. The exact training differs for the Navy and the Marines, as described below.

Recruits that 'wash out' during training are discharged back to civilian life with no prejudice. They can attempt to re-enlist at a future date and go through basic again. Draftees are less likely to be washed out because otherwise it would be too easy for them to fail deliberately.

Navy Training

Navy basic training is a two-week affair that covers general military protocol as well as an orientation to shipboard operations and safety. Cursory attention is given to basic physical fitness training, unarmed combat, firearms, and first aid.

Skills Gained:

* Firearms: Poor
* Medicine: Poor
* Protocol: Mediocre
* Ship Ops: Mediocre
* Unarmed Combat: Poor

Navy basic training is conducted by the Support Department.

Marine Training

Marine basic training is also a two-week affair that emphasizes teamwork, physical fitness and ground combat skills, and is described more under the Marine Accelerated Training Course page.

Skills Gained:

* Firearms: Mediocre
* Medicine: Poor
* Protocol: Mediocre
* Ship Ops: Poor
* Tactics: Poor
* Unarmed Combat: Mediocre

Marine basic training is conducted by the marine Training Detachment.

Officer Training

Soldiers who are going to be commissioned as officers, including pilots and doctors, go through the same basic training as everyone else, but then have an extra week of special officer training.

Skills Gained:

* Leadership: Poor
* Tactics: Poor

Skills and XP

Since basic training is a fairly intensive training program, characters who go through the training on-camera will be granted the skills listed above for free.

Advanced Training

After graduation from Basic, recruits are assigned to their departments where they will receive additional training (sometimes called "Advanced Individual Training") in skills appropriate for their new jobs.

In most cases, this training is done through an apprenticeship program and on-the-job training.

Miscellaneous Info

Recruits are housed in the Navy or Marine enlisted berthing areas during basic training. If it is known absolutely that someone will become an officer after basic (i.e. they are a doctor, lawyer or pilot for instance) they may be assigned housing in the officer/pilot berthings instead.

Remember that commissioning or advanced rank assignments due to experience are handled -after- basic training. During basic, everyone is a Recruit/Private (E-1). This is slightly different from how the US Army handles officer basic training, for those who care.

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