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
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
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
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.
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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Character is the foundation for all you will do as a soldier and all you can
become. Throughout your training, you'll learn the Seven Army Values:
These values form the basis of your soldier character and they sustain a
soldier in times of both peace and conflict. You'll study Army ethics, standards
of conduct, human awareness, race relations, and prevention of sexual
While at Army Basic Training, trainees receive
nine weeks of Army Training where they learn to become soldiers. This training
is divided into three, three-week phases.
Phase I: "Red Phase" (weeks
arrival, trainees receive their army haircuts and are issued uniforms
and gear. This phase orients the trainees and teaches them
soldierization skills, including the Army Core Values, military customs
and courtesies, along with drill and ceremony. You will be responsible
for a host of tactical gear including: ACH (Kevlar Helmet), IBA
(Individual Body Armor), LBV (Load Bearing Vest), Ruck Sack, Knee and
Elbow Pads, Eye Pro (Shooting Glasses), Canteens and Sleep Systems
(Sleeping Bags). You will have to maintain, store, clean, and ensure
this gear is serviceable throughout your training.
Additionally, during the Red Phase, you will learn about Army heritage,
the 7 Army Core Values, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
The Red Phase involves vigorous physical activity including 2 and 4-mile
road marches, Conditioning and Confidence Obstacle Courses, rappelling
from the confidence tower, and hand to hand combat. You will also
receive an introduction to your rifle, the M-16A4 and how to field strip
and re-assemble your weapon. You will learn the basics of land
navigation - reading maps, navigating with a compass, and orienteering
while marching to an objective. You will also spend time solving
problems on the leadership reaction course (LRC). You will learn how to
protect yourself during a nuclear, biological or chemical attack, how to
identify unexploded ordinance after an attack, and you will even have a
few lessons on improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Drill and Ceremonies (D&C) training includes how to march, stay in-step,
maneuver your squad of soldiers, and all the regular commands required
of a military formation. Additionally, you will receive training on
military customs and courtesies including how to salute and how to
interact with and address superior NCOs and Officers.
Phase II: "White
Phase" (weeks 4-6)
White Phase Introduces the new soldiers to basic marksmanship training.
It is during this phase that the trainees learn to fire and qualify with
their M-16 rifles. Trainees will learn how to zeroize thier rifle
sights as well as shoot for tight groupings on the target. They also
learn about the M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon), and the M203 grenade
launcher. It is also during this phase that the trainees learn hand
grenade safety and qualification. Learn more about
Special Operations Weapons.
During this phase the recruit gains more confidence through challenging
training. You will learn field hygiene, field fire, and execute 4 and
6-mile road marches (complete with ruck sacks and laden with gear).
Additionally, you will receive training during
pugil stick fighting, and ground fighting techniques. You will spend a
lot of time on the obstacle course, including at times in full "battle
rattle" along with your heavy pack. You will learn the skills required
for individual tactical training and patrol base operations. Now you
are ready for the advanced training of Phase 3.
Phase III: "Blue
Phase" (weeks 7-9)
when the trainees learn more individual skills and prepare for the
rigors of the night infiltration course test. Here is where you will
pick up additional advanced weapons training including on the AT4
anti-tank weapon. You will also receive advanced rifle marksmanship
training such as close quarters marksmanship, how to engage moving
targets, reflexive fire, battle march and shoot, convoy operations, and
moving under direct fire. You will continue to refine your marksmanship
skills as well as your land navigation, individual tactical training,
and rapelling tower skills.
will be introduced to advanced topics such as rules of engagement,
operational security, fire team training, convoy live fire, and squad
training is aimed at preparing the trainees for success when they reach
their Advanced Individual Training (AIT) units, followed by their
permanent party units.
graduate from Basic Combat Training, soldiers must complete all training
events during the nine week cycle. Some examples are:
·Qualify with their M16A4 rifle
·Pass their Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)
·Qualify with hand grenades
·Pass the End Of Cycle Test (EOCT)
The day before graduation, the Battalion Commander meets with soldiers'
family and friends and discuss your soldier’s Basic Combat Training
experiences and answer questions. You will also meet the drill sergeants
that trained your soldier and observe some soldier skill
demonstrations. You will also, finally, get a chance to meet with your
soldier and congratulate your soldier on having successfully completed 9
weeks of training!
"In no other profession are the penalties for employing
untrained personnel so appalling or so irrevocable as in the military"
-- General Douglas MacArthur
Army basic is designed to help you learn
about all the rules and regulations that go along with life in the Army.
After the nine weeks of rigorous mental and physical training, Army
recruits have learned the skills and gained the knowledge that they will
need to know for the rest of their careers in the Army. Army basic is
held for 9 weeks in various locations,
Ft. Knox, Ft. Sill, Ft. Jackson, and Ft. Leonard Wood.
Prepare for Army Basic Training
Get in shape! Make
sure you show up to Boot Camp in excellent shape - make sure you can
pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) and are able to run several
miles at a good pace. Don't stick out when you arrive at Boot Camp
- don't shave your head, don't wear obnoxious military surplus clothing
or fatigues, skip the combat boots, shave your face and make sure your
hair is neat and combed when you arrive. Sticking out of the crowd
will buy you some immediate extra attention from the Drill Sergeants!
yourself for the mental and emotional challenges - some of your
company-mates will be away from their families for the first time ever.
If you have
the time, try to memorize your three General Orders prior to arriving at
Order Number 1 - "I will guard everything within the limits of my
post and quit my post only when properly relieved."
Order Number 2 - "I will obey my special orders and perform all of
my duties in a military manner."
Order Number 3 - "I will report violations of my special orders,
emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the
commander of the relief."
you have the time, memorize the Army officer and enlisted rank
structure. Obviously, you want to make sure you know who is an officer
and who is enlisted or an NCO (don't get caught calling your Drill
Sergeant "sir"!) Next, learn all the different rank insignia so that
you can identify the ranks when worn on a uniform. Refer to the
official US Army
website to study the symbols and insignia.
a good attitude and a desire to learn and be trained. Your Drill
Sergeants will give you impossible tasks in improbable time frames all
while harassing you - understand that it is all part of military
training and the stress you encounter in Basic Training is nothing
compared to what you will encounter in Iraq, Afghanistan, or other
Lastly, you can prepare by
reading the best Basic Training guidebooks available:
The Ultimate Basic Training
This book will prepare a recruit, mentally and physically, for
basic training in the U.S. Army. It offers practical and unique
solutions to challenges encountered by new recruits. Inside you'll
find an 8-week fitness program specifically designed to improve your
fitness test scores, study guides, an instructional "How to..."
chapter, a list of what to bring (and not to bring) to basic
training, tips for success, and much more.
For those entering the Army don't miss Sgt. Michael Volkin's The Ultimate
Basic Training Guidebook: Tips, Tricks, And Tactics For Surviving Boot Camp:
it covers the 'new world' of the military - new to novices entering the
forces, that is - and covers everything from exercises and acronyms to what
to take along to basic training. With The Ultimate Basic Training Handbook
in hand, you'll know everything possible about the gas chamber, locker
inspections, meals, schedules and more.
This book pretty much tells you
everything you need to know to prepare for Basic Training. There are a
couple other books out there but they don't offer a fitness program like
this one. The fitness program really whips you into shape too. Also, the
book has a helpful packing list which includes EVERYTHING you need to bring
to basic training, down to the last pair of socks. I highly recommend this
book for anyone entering any branch of the military.
This is a good resource for information about basic training. Like the
author, prior to finding this book, I searched everywhere for
information. And, like him, I found a few blogs where people recorded
what they could remember of their personal experiences, but that was
about it. This is the first example I have found of a source that has
input from many people, gathered over a serious amount of time. After
reading it, I definitely learned things I did not know after months of
searching, and I found answers to some specific questions I had. This
was well worth the money. You will not regret purchasing it.
Basic Training Workbook
I bought this book directly from the author after reading his Guidebook
to help me prepare for boot camp. It was definitely worth it. There's
lots of real helpful info in both books, and the Workbook had a lot of
extra content, like the multiple choice questions and things on the
author's website. (There are icons in the book so you know when to jump
on to the author's website for extra info, video clips, photos, etc.).
There is a small problem with some of the flashcards in the book. The
words don't match up correctly on the front and back when cut out. An
obvious printing error, and not the author's fault. I was not going to
cut out the phonetic alphabet cards anyway, so I just used index cards
and made my own. If you want to use the cards in the book, I guess you
could just write the answer on them. No big deal and it does not detract
from all the great info inside this book. Mandatory reading, no
Career Progression Guide for Soldiers
Fundamental guide for a successful Army career Proven techniques for
advancing to and through the NCO ranks Ways to overcome promotion
obstacles An indispensable reference for Army soldiers wanting to
advance through the ranks, this guide will aid them at every step of
their professional development and career progression. Packed with
practical information, it covers the enlisted promotion system, the role of education, progression
to the NCO ranks, demonstrated techniques for promotion and college, and
special topics, such as addressing a qualitative management program board
Although written primarily for soldiers, Career Progression Guide will
also assist commanders and senior leaders wanting to implement sound
promotion and professional development policies. Tables explaining promotion
points and college credits, along with sample letters for soldiers wanting
to take the initiative, are provided throughout.
Enlisted Soldier's Guide
information on Army service for the first term soldier Guide to army
service, advancement, pay, benefits, training, and career options
New 16-page color insert on medals and badges This popular guide
provides all the information a soldier needs for a successful and
rewarding period of Army service. Included are Army policies and
guidance on the "Army way", the enlisted training system,
contemporary issues, individual professional development,
assignments, promotion, uniforms, and personal affairs.
Army Basic Training - Be Smart, be
This is the book to have if you are planning on joining the Army. It
is also a must for family members of recruits as well. The book is a
great guide, explaining every step of the basic training process.
It's easy to read, entertaining and filled with useful tips. My son
is currently in Basic Training and his letters report he is really
enjoying himself! He poured over the book in the
months before he left. The information contained in this book gave him a
heads up over other recruits. The added self confidence gained by knowing
what to expect is crucial for success in Boot Camp.
Life in Army Basic Training (On
This book displays an accurate description of Basic combat training
in the United States army. It has been recommended to many
applicants prior to signing contract in order for them to get a good
picture of what their actually getting into. Life in Army Basic
Training outlines the 7 core army values and describes the 10 weeks
of mental and physical structure that all applicants must endure prior to the active service of their country. I would recommend
this book to any one thinking about joining the army or having an interest
in basic training.
Army Physical Fitness
You need to report to basic training in the best physical
condition possible. To ensure that you are, start a physical training (PT)
program at least two or three months before reporting to Fort Leonard Wood.
Whatever you do, don't charge into a PT program with your eyes closed. Make
sure you do not try to push yourself too far, too fast. This page and its
related links are a good starting point for your PT program. Before you
start a PT program, see if your recruiter will give you this quick test. Do
as many pushup and sit-up that you can in two minutes. Divide the total
number by three. You will use these amounts for your muscular strength and
endurance (MSE) days. Time yourself over a 2 mile course. Divide this time
by eight, and subtract four seconds this gives your 1/4 mile run time. For
your rest period (walking), double your work time. These times you will use
on your cardio respiratory (CR) days by going to a track and running 1 fast
lap followed by 1 slow lap. Every other day just go out for a nice
slow jog for an extended distance. You will use these as starting
points in your PT program. Train now and get fit - check out the
Army Special Forces Workout to prepare you for basic training.
Push-up and Sit-up Improvement
MSE program should be done every other day. A good rule of thumb is Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. On your MSE days you can include a short slow run as part
of your warm-up exercise, just make sure that your main effort is on MSE. You
can set up any order to doing your exercises, just do not start off to
fast. A good starting point is to use the number you came up with when you
divided your test score as the number of repetitions for one set. Do three sets
of both the push-ups and sit-ups with a 30 second to one minute break between
sets. After one week you should add three to four reps to each set. Continue
working this way until you have added 20 reps to each set. Once you have added
20 reps, take the test over and start over with your new amounts.
More techniques to help you
improve push ups.
Your Cardio Respiratory program should be run on Tuesday,
Thursday and Saturday. Use the times from your two mile run for your sprint day
program (Thursday). On sprint days, you run 1/4 mile in the time you calculated
from your two mile run, then you walk 1/4 mile in your rest period time. Start
out doing four sets of sprints and work your way up to doing eight sets. Once
you are able to do eight sets in your 1/4 mile time, retest yourself over the
same two mile course. Start over again using the new time. On your other two run
days you need to run between one and three miles at the same pace that your ran
your two mile test. As you improve you'll be able to increase your distance and
lessen the time.
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