Training & Advancement
Upon completion of the initial 7–9 week Recruit Training (known as Boot Camp), those pursuing a Damage Controlmen role report to Basic Engineering Common Core and “A” School in Great Lakes, IL, where they receive 10 weeks of formal Navy technical training. Here, they develop a working knowledge of firefighting systems and equipment, shipboard damage control, ventilation systems, ship stability, drainage systems, communication, and emergency breathing devices, and desmoking and gas analyzing equipment.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.
Damage Controlmen in the Navy Reserve serve in an Enlisted role. Before receiving the ongoing professional training that comes with the job, initial training requirements must be met.
For current or former military Enlisted servicemembers: Prior experience satisfies the initial Recruit Training requirement – so you will not need to go through Boot Camp again.
For those without prior military experience: You will need to meet the initial Recruit Training requirement by attending Boot Camp for seven to nine weeks in Great Lakes, IL. This training course will prepare you for service in the Navy Reserve and count as your first Annual Training.