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Marlinspike. A life-size model ship where Recruits practice mooring, line handling, and basic seamanship. It is also a metal cone shaped tool for working with wire rope.
Muster. It means to gather for roll call, as in “We must muster for class at 1300.” It is also the results of the roll call, as in “I must turn in the class muster.”
Navy. Never Again Volunteer Yourself.
NEX. The Navy Exchange, a base department store for Navy personnel and their families.
P-Days. Processing Days, also known as P-Week, occurs when recruits first arrive at boot camp. During P-Days, Recruits are issued initial equipment, uniforms, and supplies, undergo medical and psychological tests, get interviewed, and are ultimately assigned to a division. When P-Week ends, boot vamp officially begins.
Peanut Butter Shot. A very painful shot given in the buttocks or thigh.
PFA. Physical Fitness Assessment
PI. Personal Inspection of a recruit’s personal appearance and uniform.
PIR. Pass In Review, a march by in front of the dignitaries and guests during goot camp graduation ceremony.