Sergeant (SGT) Michael Volkin is a U.S. Army veteran and one of America’s most successful military authors. He served in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom as a Chemical Operations Specialist and received an Army Commendation Medal for his efforts and for the military fitness programs he designed to help his fellow soldiers. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Science from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas and also a Real Estate Brokers Degree.
SGT Volkin has a passion for fitness, tennis, animals and of course, educating recruits about basic training. He has also been known to take a small interest in Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake.
Note from the author:
“I knew absolutely nothing about the military when I entered basic training. I had no immediate military family history and no prior desire to ever join the military. It was on the tragic morning of September 11, 2001 that I realized what I was taking for granted all these years. Freedom, as wonderful as it is, is an uphill struggle, and comes with an enormous responsibility. It wasn’t so much a decision, but a calling, that I joined the military” – the Army Reserves.
I departed for basic training without an ounce of military knowledge one month after September 11, 2001. However, I used this lack of knowledge to my advantage. I took notes on everything, with the ambition that no military recruit would have to go through boot camp like I did, with no knowledge of what was in store for me. I listened to hundreds of soldiers share their advice, tips, and tricks on surviving basic training. When I was deployed shortly after basic training to serve in Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, I had the time to organize the notes, add to them, and assemble the most practical basic training guide ever written. This guide is now known as The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook. Since 2006, I have developed additional books and resources to help recruits prepare for basic training. My passion to continue doing this is knowing that in my own way, I am building a stronger military by preparing recruits for a successful military career.