Whether you’re a new Sailor, an interested recruit, or a proud family member, you may have heard the term “A” school, or “C” school thrown around from time to time. But what exactly are these schools? After Boot Camp, you’ll attend “A” school in one of the many different locations across the country. When you first go to “A” school, you’ll be broken into classes of about 20-30 Sailors, and will live in barracks-style berthing – bunk beds and inspections included. “A” school can be looked at as a 3 to 6 month post-Boot Camp school that gives Enlisted men and women a Basic Operator level of knowledge in a particular field of work; a sort of specialized operational school where you’ll begin to see your career as an Enlisted Sailor take form. And it should come as no surprise that physical training is required, usually, a minimum of three one-hour exercise sessions per week. But the training doesn’t stop there. Once a Sailor has completed “A” school, the opportunity to get advanced training is presented in the form of “C” school, which usually comes with a longer commitment to the Navy because of the length of time it takes to train a Sailor. Once in “C” school, your basic knowledge and understanding of the skills you learned in “A” school will be expanded upon, and you should expect to train up to a year on your specific duty. No matter your career path, both “A” and “C” schools will set you up to succeed as an Enlisted Sailor in the United States Navy.