Becoming a Sailor, Part 4: Get Fit or Go Home


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Instructor: Physical fitness is becoming a part of our culture. To get here, you're going to have to do your pushups, your curl ups, your 1.5 mile run. So, the basic standard for recruits, when they come in, is they're going to come in on their P-5 day, which is their processing day. And they're going to be expected to, for males, to, at least, hit a 16:09 run time, and females of 18:37. If they don't hit that standard, they get one more try within a 48-hour period. And if they don't hit that, then the Navy sends them home. Narrator: The biggest change to Navy recruit requirements in recent years, is just how fit you have to be to start training. If you're not somewhat physically fit when you walk through the door, the statistics show that you may not get through. The biggest thing you can do to prepare to succeed at bootcamp is get in shape. Instructor: The baseline is within their first week here. It's the first thing out of the door that they have to do, and they have to accomplish, just to go on through training.