Advice for BCT?

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    Apr 11, 2011 3:17 AM GMT
    I'm shipping out in less then a week to begin BCT. I have a four year activy duty contract with the US Army. I was wondering if anybody on this site had any advice or stories that they would be willing to share.
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    Apr 11, 2011 3:43 AM GMT
    Nothing Army specific, but here are a few general tips..

    - Learn time management.

    - Look out for the guy next to you. Teamwork is vital. No man left behind.

    - Learn to follow instructions without second guessing what you're told.

    - If PT is one of your your strengths, don't hold back.

    - Make sure you sleep. Don't stay up all night doing things at the last minute. (see time management above)

    - Probably a little late to tell you this, but if you're taking any supplements or if you're a heavy coffee drinker, stop now. You don't want to go through withdrawals during the first couple weeks. icon_lol.gif

    - Leave everything at home. Don't bring personal stuff. Just bring your ID, your orders, and whatever else the recruiter told you to bring.

    - Be confident. It might be a little scary at first and you probably won't know what you're doing, but try not to show it too much. Be eager to learn and be eager to succeed.

    ...

    And good luck to you. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 11, 2011 3:49 AM GMT
    xrichx saidNothing Army specific, but here are a few general tips..

    - Learn time management.

    - Look out for the guy next to you. Teamwork is vital. No man left behind.

    - Learn to follow instructions without second guessing what you're told.

    - If PT is one of your your strengths, don't hold back.

    - Make sure you sleep. Don't stay up all night doing things at the last minute. (see time management above)

    - Probably a little late to tell you this, but if you're taking any supplements or if you're a heavy coffee drinker, stop now. You don't want to go through withdrawals during the first couple weeks. icon_lol.gif

    - Leave everything at home. Don't bring personal stuff. Just bring your ID, your orders, and whatever else the recruiter told you to bring.

    - Be confident. It might be a little scary at first and you probably won't know what you're doing, but try not to show it too much. Be eager to learn and be eager to succeed.

    ...

    And good luck to you. icon_cool.gif


    That is great advice.
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    Apr 11, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    yz250mxrida saidI'm shipping out in less then a week to begin BCT. I have a four year activy duty contract with the US Army. I was wondering if anybody on this site had any advice or stories that they would be willing to share.

    A shaving kit is all you need. Everything else you have on you will be sent home. Also expect a lot of screaming and yelling at you by the Drill Sergeants. That's normal, try to take it in stride. You'll be allowed to wear civilian clothing after Basic, or maybe later, depending upon what advanced training you get.

    Remember, they only have this authority over you because YOU gave it to them when you enlisted. So take it like a man.

    You'll be just fine. I always reminded myself that all these other guys are doing this, too, no reason I can't, as well. And in the end, I was in the top 3 of over 250 Basic Trainees in our Company, and got an immediate early promotion. This little wimpy gay guy, who failed at HS sports. Sometimes you amaze yourself. You do the same.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    I went through Air Force BMT and looking back I think the best advice is to think of it as all a big game. Take it seriously, however, have the mindset that your stronger than whatever they will throw at you.

    You will think what have I got myself into, and that's normal but just think of your graduation at the end and everything you've accomplished from start to finish. Don't quit and don't feed into the negative BS your peers may be feeding, and you should be fine. Tell your family/friends to write lots of letters of encouraging words to help you through!

    Best of luck bud!
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:31 AM GMT
    I started BCT 8 years ago to the week. BCT is basically there to tear you down and build you back up again. You will be sleep deprived and you will get your fair share of screaming. It will get very annoying when someone else screws up and everyone get punished. It really annoyed the shit out of me. You will be pushed to your breaking point, just bend with it for that time and you will be just fine. Fortunately they dont have the black boots for you all to shine anymore. That was always a blast (sarcasm intended). It takes you pushing yourself, but in the end its all very rewarding. I wouldn't give up what I went through for the world, its still been one of the best and at times the worst experience of my life. But the good out weighs the bad by far. Good Luck and update us when you finish with BCT.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:37 AM GMT
    what is BCT?
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:43 AM GMT
    I've never been enlisted.
    Just wanted to wish you the best and keep safe.
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:51 AM GMT
    Thanks in advance.

    I can only pray that we here on the homefront can elect leaders who will be worthy of the real work you will be doing for us all.

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    Apr 11, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    SportingChance saidThanks in advance.

    I can only pray that we here on the homefront can elect leaders who will be worthy of the real work you will be doing for us all.



    We are the government. Be worthy yourself.
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    Apr 11, 2011 5:02 AM GMT
    SportingChance saidThanks in advance.

    I can only pray that we here on the homefront can elect leaders who will be worthy of the real work you will be doing for us all.



    THIS
    and

    eddieross69 saidI've never been enlisted.
    Just wanted to wish you the best and keep safe.


    THIS.


    You are about to be tested. You chose the test. You can choose to ace it. And you will.

    You have enlisted at a time in history when things are forever different. Be proud and represent.

    We will be here grateful and anxious to hear from you. Peace and be safe.
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    Apr 11, 2011 8:39 AM GMT
    I hope you've weighed all your options and are satisfied with this decision. I sure didn't.
    the only thing I can attest to is not having any money the first year in. They make you pay for all those nifty clothes of which you'll have to buy all new stuff for you new body afterward...Yeah they take it out of your paycheck. Add to that the payments for the GI collage assistants program...Yeah you pay for that too. Just make sure you don't have car payment's or something else that can get repossessed before you go.

    Try not to laugh at the instructors too much.
    and...keep in mind, they are not all that stupid...you'll meet some very smart guys at your follow on schools.



    Good luck to you.

    Oh one last thing: in your last days when it's all behind you, take a moment to make a newby feel better..."You'll get through it."
  • free_mind12

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    Apr 11, 2011 12:25 PM GMT
    Bad Career choice, but since you signed the contract is too late...
    Stay in school, I speak from experience
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    Apr 11, 2011 12:35 PM GMT
    free_mind12 saidBad Career choice, but since you signed the contract is too late...
    Stay in school, I speak from experience
    I just hired a new pilot at work last year who is a retired veteran. He flew C-130's for 20 years, retired from the military, then went to the airlines and retired again at age 60. He's now a multi-millionaire, owns a badass airplane, and flies with us as a part-time hobby for fun.

    The military works for some, and doesn't work for others. It didn't work for me (former US Navy), but I don't push my experience as being the be-all-end-all of military life. I simply didn't enjoy it. Others do.
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    Apr 11, 2011 5:32 PM GMT
    Thank you everyone for the support and advice icon_wink.gif
  • free_mind12

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    Apr 12, 2011 2:06 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    free_mind12 saidBad Career choice, but since you signed the contract is too late...
    Stay in school, I speak from experience
    I just hired a new pilot at work last year who is a retired veteran. He flew C-130's for 20 years, retired from the military, then went to the airlines and retired again at age 60. He's now a multi-millionaire, owns a badass airplane, and flies with us as a part-time hobby for fun.

    The military works for some, and doesn't work for others. It didn't work for me (former US Navy), but I don't push my experience as being the be-all-end-all of military life. I simply didn't enjoy it. Others do.



    I never joined the military to be rich nor do I want to be richicon_wink.gif
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Your time in the military can be great or really really bad. It's up to you and what you make of it.
    And take advantage of all those little perks and benefits that the recruiters sugar coated for you. They're real. You just need to do your own footwork and find out how to get them.
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    mickeytopogigio said
    SportingChance saidThanks in advance.

    I can only pray that we here on the homefront can elect leaders who will be worthy of the real work you will be doing for us all.



    We are the government. Be worthy yourself.


    I agree. I had originally written "...that we get leaders who will be worthy" but then realized that of course, we get the leaders we create for ourselves, so I changed it to reflect that reality.
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    Apr 12, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    free_mind12 said
    paulflexes said
    free_mind12 saidBad Career choice, but since you signed the contract is too late...
    Stay in school, I speak from experience
    I just hired a new pilot at work last year who is a retired veteran. He flew C-130's for 20 years, retired from the military, then went to the airlines and retired again at age 60. He's now a multi-millionaire, owns a badass airplane, and flies with us as a part-time hobby for fun.

    The military works for some, and doesn't work for others. It didn't work for me (former US Navy), but I don't push my experience as being the be-all-end-all of military life. I simply didn't enjoy it. Others do.



    I never joined the military to be rich nor do I want to be richicon_wink.gif
    He didn't join to get rich, either. He joined to fight for his (our) country, which used to be a very noble thing to do.
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    Apr 12, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    take your cell phone...might come in handy...


    & dont stare...keep your eye up ;P


    everything else you will learn as you go...

    where's your training going to be out of curiosity?
  • free_mind12

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    Apr 14, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    free_mind12 said
    paulflexes said
    free_mind12 saidBad Career choice, but since you signed the contract is too late...
    Stay in school, I speak from experience
    I just hired a new pilot at work last year who is a retired veteran. He flew C-130's for 20 years, retired from the military, then went to the airlines and retired again at age 60. He's now a multi-millionaire, owns a badass airplane, and flies with us as a part-time hobby for fun.

    The military works for some, and doesn't work for others. It didn't work for me (former US Navy), but I don't push my experience as being the be-all-end-all of military life. I simply didn't enjoy it. Others do.



    I never joined the military to be rich nor do I want to be richicon_wink.gif
    He didn't join to get rich, either. He joined to fight for his (our) country, which used to be a very noble thing to do.


    People speak the mantra of noble etc etc. the military is a complex world of which I have personally studied and scrutinized for close to a decade now. You can talk all that crap about noble etc etc and serving country and what now but the truth of the matter is the military is run like a corporation with the rule of cut throat unregulated free market capitalism, in essence it has been privatized making it more elitist and segregated. So you can spew all that stuff, but I've serve for a decade now and don't want anything from the military, however I do know a lot of senior leadership personnel who plan to take those high paying civilian contractor jobs when they ets,

    Its the money yall..is their mantra

    As for me I can get rich on my own if I wanted to, I don't need the military for that.
  • free_mind12

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    Apr 14, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    xrichx saidYour time in the military can be great or really really bad. It's up to you and what you make of it.
    And take advantage of all those little perks and benefits that the recruiters sugar coated for you. They're real. You just need to do your own footwork and find out how to get them.




    Just like that congress man told President Obama and to an extent he was right though most will not now for a few more decades how true that statement was: YOU LIE!


    The people who say that ("It's up to you and what you make of it."), are they ones who sold their principles and their souls for small creature comforts

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