What Is Basic Training?- Notes:
Let’s start with the basics, what exactly is military basic training?
The goal of basic training is to turn you from a civilian into a member of the most powerful well-respected military in the world.
It will potentially be the most difficult and rewarding experience of your life!
You will learn the fundamental skills it takes to be in the military every day your brain and body will be challenged and every minute of your day will be planned for you, before you even arrive you will make lifelong friends and gain memories you will never forget at graduation, you will be a different person.
Ask anyone who has been to basic training and they will recall stories in amazing detail. Some will smile fondly, and some will still whimper to this day, thinking back on their challenging times at basic training.
At basic training, drill instructors are responsible for your training. Drill sergeants are trained to maintain an intimidating demeanor and correct behavior through the use of further intimidation.
Disciplinary tactics will be given to you via vocal reprimands as well as an acronym known as CAPE: Corrective Action through Physical Exercise; more commonly known as getting smoked.
When you get smoked…and you will get smoked, you will be doing physical exercise until you reach exhaustion. Just remember, you’re getting smoke because you’re a terrible individual. In all seriousness, you could get smoked because the sun is shining to bright, so don’t take anything a drill sergeant says to you personally.
The key to making basic training an enjoyable experience and not a stressful one is to prepare properly. Your body and mind are going to be challenged like never before.
For the first time, you will have to ask permission to go to the bathroom, you will be told when to eat, where to sit and how long you can take to eat your food.
The good news is, tens of thousands of people graduate basic training every year, it’s not impossible. Simply prepare, know what to expect, and live day to day, moment by moment, and soon enough you will be a member of the U.S. military.