Recruit Division Commander


"These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Sailors. I will instill in them and demonstrate, by my own example, the highest standard of honor, courage and commitment."

At 0400 the lights come on and a whistle blows, beginning a new day. A division of 76 recruits jump out of bed, fall in line
and wait for further instructions. Those instructions will come from their Recruit Division Commander (RDC).

The RDCs make up a core group of people selected for the duty of molding tomorrow's Sailors. RDCs are warfare-qualified, exemplary leading petty officers who are intimately familiar with instructional techniques, principles of leadership, and administrative procedures.

RDCs instruct new recruits in military and physical drill. They demonstrate proper procedures to keep clothing, equipment, barracks, and recruits in smart, shipshape condition.


DIs of the U.S. Armed Forces U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command Facebook Recruit Division Commander (NEC-8RDC)