- Does anyone know exactly how many weeks basic training is now? It was 8 weeks back in 1989. Exactly how many weeks until advancement to Seaman Apprentice? It was very close to 8 weeks back in 1989, I remember getting my patch days before I was due to ship out to A school. - Wguynes 20:03, Mar 26, 2004 (UTC)
- I used the insignia from the insignia table page. They're rather small and lacking in detail for use here, but better than nothing. If anyone finds higher quality, larger, and consistent-looking insignia for all the navy enlisted, please feel free to replace these. I think leaving the table page as the small ones is best, however, due to server load. - Wguynes 02:42, Mar 27, 2004 (UTC)
- Check your facts, please. I do not believe advancement to Seaman Apprentice is directly tied to graduation from basic training, althought I'm certain it's timed such that it often happens at that instant. - Wguynes 11:18, Apr 26, 2004 (UTC)
Advancement to E2 is not automatic
I don't know where you obtained the information that wound up in your article, but advancement to Seaman Apprentice is not automatic upon graduation from basic training. As a matter of fact, it isn't even timed to seem as though it is automatic! It takes 6 months to advance from Seaman Recruit to Seaman Apprentice. That means that upon graduation from basic training, a Seaman Recruit must wait 4 months to become advanced to the "rank" of Seaman Apprentice. The only way around this is to become advanced to E2 or E3 before basic training, or to become meritoriously advanced during basic training. Thank you.
- I can't speak to the USN, but in the U.S. Coast Guard, advancement to E-2 is automatic when you graduate from boot camp. So, the only Seaman Recruits in the fleet are ones that got reduced.Medicjm (talk) 03:13, 13 January 2008 (UTC)