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Training done by the army

US Army Boot Camp is where a
civilian recruit is transformed
into a US Army Soldier. Army
Basic Training has evolved and
today's training is specialized to
best prepare you for the
eventual deployment into the
combat zone.
You'll spend the best nine weeks
of your life learning what it
means to be a soldier in the US
Army. And when it's over, you'll
discover some amazing things.
Your mind will be sharper, your
body will be lean and hard, and
you'll be more confident than
you've ever been before. US
Army Basic Training only lasts 9
weeks - but you will remember
those 9 tough weeks the rest of
your life! Today's recruit will
immediately move on to
advanced level training such as
Airborne School, Advanced
Infantry School, or even Ranger
School, then begin preparing for
the first deployment to the
combat zone. Training is highly
specialized such that the soldier
is best prepared for the rigors
of Iraq and Afghanistan.
You'll be asked to do a lot during
Army Basic. But you'll never be
asked to do anything you can't
do. If you work hard and listen to
your instructors, you shouldn't
have a problem. Remember,
literally millions of soldiers have
come before you and many of
them didn't think they could get
through Basic. The vast majority
of them did. And chances are, so
will you. Remember, the last easy
day was yesterday!
Basic Training starts early and
with a bang - you will arrive at
your Boot Camp base and be
issued your personal gear and
uniform items. Then, you will turn
in all of your personal
"contraband items" and in
process to include a full
assortment of vaccinations. You
will quickly assemble your gear in
your open-bay barracks - your
new home for the next nine
weeks. Now is when the Drill
Sergeants will get in your face
and give you some personal
mentoring as you progress
through the daily regimen of
training, briefings, physical
training, and drill and ceremonies.
A Day in the Life of a Basic
Training Private
Your days in Basic Training are
very repetitive. You begin bright
and early at around 0500 and
quickly make your bed, tidy up
your personal area, brush your
teeth, shave, and other personal
hygiene. Following that, you meet
with the rest of your squad and
divide the cleaning duties and
other tasks given to you. Then
you are off to your first
formation of the day with your
rifle in hand. Your Drill Sergeant
calls roll at formation and your
platoon marches out to do
morning physical training (PT).
You will normally start off by
running some warm up laps
followed by stretches and
calesthentics led by your Drill
Sergeant. Next, you will return to
your barracks and change into
the approved uniform of the day.
Save time by squaring away your
uniforms ahead of time and have
them ready to be thrown on at a
moments notice - your Drill
Sergeant will likely give you but a
few minutes to change into a
new uniform. Oh, by the way,
don't leave the barracks a mess
- tidy up as you go.
Back in formation, you will march
as a platoon to the mess hall for
breakfast. You will be under tight
time constraints to get your
entire company into the mess
hall (one platoon at a time) and
fed, then back out again. It may
result in only about 7-8 minutes
per platoon to eat. It's all about
time management - even while
you are eating.
Back to the CQ you march after
you are done eating. Your Drill
Sergeant will now brief you on
the rest of the day's activities.
This is when you will be divided
into smaller groups to
accomplish different training
objectives. These include
marksmanship, drill and
ceremonies, briefings, and a
multitude of other important
classes and lessons.
You will continue to train
throughout the day eventually
marching back to the mess hall
for dinner around 1900. Following
supper you will have your final
formation of the day where the
NCOIC takes final roll call and lets
you know what to expect for the
next day and what gear and
uniforms are expected to be
used. You will finally be released
back to your barracks where
you divide up the remainder of
the night before lights out to
clean your bay, write letters
home, and try to relax.
Before lights out, you will need to
secure your rifle, perform more
personal hygiene. During the
night you will also be permitted
to do your laundry and take
showers. And the whole routine
begins again early the next
morning!
Army Basic Training Video
The mission of the Training
Brigade is to conduct Basic
Combat Training to Training and
Doctrine Command standards
for initial entry training Army
soldiers who are then prepared
for advanced individual training.
This is done by training the
soldiers in many basic combat
skills. These skills include basic
rifle marksmanship, hand
grenade qualification, physical
training, training in a field
environment, and a variety of
common task skills.
The Training Brigade primarily
trains combat service support
military occupational specialties.
Some of these are medical,
military intelligence,
communications, transportation
and supply specialties.
The rigors of Basic Training
include intense competition
between different companies in
the BCT on all manners of topics
including bayonet course,
obstacle course, and APFT
scores. By winning certain
events or scoring top times,
your company will earn
streamers to hang from its
guidon.
Your days will be dominated by
physical events such as road
marches with heavily laden
packs, intense calisthenics
exercise periods (usually doled
out as a disciplinary action), and
a whole lot of running. Your
training will continue to progress
to include topics such as military
chain of command, the use of
military radios, combat life saver
(first aid, buddy care), and
marksmanship. To further your
infantryman core skill sets, you
will spend a lot of time
perfecting your land navigation
skills - this means navigating a
land route using nothing more
than a compass, a map, and
timing.
Not only
will you
learn the
basics of
how to look
and act like
a soldier, you will slowly but
surely become a soldier. You will
become physically fit, self-
confident and willing and able to
tackle anything that comes your
way! You will become intimately
familiar with your assigned
M16A4 rifle and everything it
does, as well as fire a machine
gun, a grenade launcher and a
host of other weapons in the US
Army arsenal. You will learn to
become quick on your feet by
participating in hand to hand
combat and a bayonet assault
course. You will learn how to be
quick mentally and overcome
your fear by tackling challenging
obstacles, some over 40 feet
high! You will gain confidence in
your equipment by entering the
gas chamber. Mentally, your
brain will be challenged every day
with new skills and tasks,
inducting you into "the Army of
one". Lastly, you'll make lifelong
friends who can share in the
trials and tribulations of army
basic training and join the life-
long club of being a basic training
graduate...certainly something to
be proud of!
Daily Training Schedule
5 a.m. - Wake up
5:30 a.m. - Physical Training
6:30 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - Training
Noon - Lunch
1 p.m. - Training
5 p.m. - Dinner
6 p.m. - Drill Sergeant Time
8:30 p.m. - Personal Time
9:30 p.m. - Lights Out


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