Training (eighteen weeks)

The Recruit Training Syllabus is designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Ordinary Seaman with basic military skills. Naval Recruit training is the foundation of military training.  It is followed by Specialist Training courses. 

Phase 1: Induction - 2 Weeks

Instructional focus will centre on Foot/Arms Drill, Rifle Marksmanship and Physical Fitness. Instruction will also commence on the following subjects; - Occupational First Aid, Hygiene and Sanitation and Health & Safety Training.

Phase 2: Intermediate Training Period (4 Weeks)

Instruction will be completed in the following subjects: USP, Guard Mounting and Sentinel Drill. This period will also provide the necessary examinations, which the Recruits must successfully pass prior to final approval. Annual Personal Weapons Test and Fitness Test.

Phase 3: Final Training Period (7 Weeks)

The Recruit will also be introduced to professional Naval Training. At an early stage of this period the Recruit will complete courses pre-requisite to joining a seagoing unit, namely Damage Control/Firefighting, Personal Survival Techniques, and a Basic Seamanship module. Thus a one-week sea familiarisation will be completed on completion of these modules. Water confidence training will also be completed during this period. Skills Demonstration will be incorporated into Recruits Passing Out Parade. In addition, the recruit will be more exposed to the mission and roles of the NS.

Unit Assignment

Recruits who are deemed to have successfully completed the training programme receive their Branch assignment in the last week of the Recruit Training, where they are assigned to a branch of the Naval Service.

Branch Training

To become a fully qualified sailor, immediately after completion of a Recruit training course, the Ordinary Seaman must complete his/ her Branch Training Syllabus to advance in grade to Able Seaman. This progression is part of the developmental process for the young sailor. This training will enable successful sailors to progress in their career development. This training will further increase their:

  • Self discipline
  • Confidence and trust in the Defence Forces
  • Time management skills
  • Trust in his/her colleagues and personal professional integrity
  • Adaptability
  • A sense of work standard and safety standard
  • An ability to communicate
  • Has drive and endurance
  • Contributes to the team effort
  • Takes responsibility for his/her own development and learning.

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