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My recruit arrived at RTC on Sept. 19 of this year. Division 426, Training Group 51, which jives with the explanation on this website as to how TG's are numbered (First week of October being Week 1).

According to the RTC's graduation schedule, PIR will be on Dec. 2. (

I count 11 weeks from Sept. 19 to Dec. 2, not 10. Was the week of Sept. 19 not the first week, i.e., was it "Week Zero?"

I'm sure there's an explanation and will be grateful for it being shared.

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The first 4-11 days after a new recruit arrives are Processing Days (P-days). P-days can last up to 14 days for some recruits if they have to wait for additional recruits to arrive to fill a division. Although recruits are assigned to a ship and division upon arrival, they do not move to that ship until P-days are over. During P days they will go through dental and medical screening, have the moment of truth, and have briefings about the days ahead. They also go through the dreaded haircut. They are issued their NWUs, blue camo, but during P-days they will wear what is affectionately called smurfs, the Navy issued sweat shirt and sweat pants, until their uniforms are returned to them with their name tapes sewn on. They are also issued 2 sets of PT gear, Navy shorts and a yellow shirt. They have to wear the PT gear under their smurfs.

During P-days they are issued a Recruit card. This is like a gift card with $150 on it that is deducted from their paycheck. They use these cards to buy hygiene and other supplies at the Navy Exchange. P-Days concludes with a commissioning ceremony in which each division receives its guidon, the divisional flag displaying division number. This commissioning ceremony marks the official beginning of training.

Ahh ... this is from your post, "A run down of how the divisions are formed."  Although I had actually read it before, I did not recall that info when I posted my question. (There's so  much information to absorb all at once!) Thanks for refreshing my memory, Paul.

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