Posted By Bring_Evil_To_Justic on 24 Feb 2020 03:46 PM
Does anybody know if you can go to Boatswain A school straight after boot camp?
I'm not sure that's available for BM. Besides, going from boot camp to A school is not a particularly good idea. You get no exposure to working as a non rate, the very people you'll be supervising as a Petty Officer. In order to effectively lead people, it really helps if you've been in their shoes. Also, going from boot camp to A school often results in getting very little respect from your peers.
The other advantage to going to the Fleet after boot camp is that it gives you an opportunity to see the other ratings at work, and you may decide that BM is not what you want after all. Perfect example: A friend of mine was set on going to AST (Aviation Survival Tech aka rescue swimmer) A school. All she talked about and trained for. Then she went to a cutter, found the OS rating and fell in love with it. She went to OS A school and made a career out of it.
Also, I'm kind of curious as to why you're in such a hurry to get to A school. The CG isn't going anywhere. Take your time and soak up as much knowledge as you can as a non rate.