What to expect.

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    Nov 07, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    I probably just made one of the biggest (and most irreversible) impulsive decisions I have ever done.

    Last week I decided to enlist with the Army. Took a practice ASVAB. They liked how I did so they shipped me off to processing two days ago for a real one and a medical evaluation. End of the day, I decided to go ahead and enlist for active duty. And cause I was so eager and excited, I elected to go out next Wednesday!

    So... What should I expect from basic? I am getting a lot of side information, but I would really want some insight from someone who does not personally know me. Going in as a 25B, meaning Information Tech Specialist, so I got about another 5 months of school after before I am done with training, but I am kinda worried about basic.

    MEGA excited for such a big change, and it seems for the best though! ^_^
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    Nov 07, 2012 7:31 PM GMT
    I could be wrong, but from what my buddy told me basic is one of the most difficult (if not the most difficult) part of training. If you can bear through the physical and mental strain you should be good.

    Good luck to ya! The Army life would never be for me, but I have respect to the individuals who do want to enlist.
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    Nov 07, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    brave man...
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    Nov 07, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said
    Good luck to ya! The Army life would never be for me, but I have respect to the individuals who do want to enlist.

    I'll ditto that .... I think it is awesome and I think you will do great.
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    Nov 07, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Judging by your arms and chest, I venture the four hundred million pushups you'll be doing wont be a problem. Hardest part for me was dealing with the plan stupidity of my company mates, you'll be amazed by the number of guys that don't know their left from right. Hang tight get to the good stuff.

    God speed.
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    Nov 07, 2012 11:08 PM GMT
    Expect to get screamed at a lot and eat shitty food.

    ...not really much different from working at a fast food restaurant.
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    Nov 08, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    No sweat. It will be just like summer camp. icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 08, 2012 5:36 AM GMT

    Like others said, it'll be tough, and you'll be screamed at, but pretty nearly everyone gets through OK. You are lucky to be doing it this time of year, since you won't be out in the hot sun.
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    Nov 08, 2012 5:43 AM GMT
    Wow. My hat comes off to your bravery.

    I don't know anything about the army, but expect to push your body past it's limits. And your mind past it's mental limits. If you are not mentally strong expect to become mentally strong, or go insane trying. (A little humor to try to lighten the mood a bit. Sorry if I failed horriby. At least you can laugh at my fail? You'll be fine.)
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    Impulsive - this summer I had taken an AFOQT and failed miserably after preparing for a month. Can't say I'm not envious. The math portions are pretty much the same from what I've seen on these military tests.

    Anyway, from what i've understood, the trick is that they are trying to teach you teamwork and being "one" with the other guys in your unit. Meaning, you'll get more points for helping your buddy up after he falls then finishing your run first. 4 AM wake up calls. Perfect beds. Perfect grooming - be prepared to get rid of the beard EVERY DAY. Breakfast - eat only and do not speak. Pick something quick that you can finish in five minutes....
  • Webster666

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    Nov 08, 2012 6:15 AM GMT
    You will have an extremely angry asshole, standing one inch from your nose, screaming at you, and insulting you, until you cry. Then, he'll bully you for crying, day after day after day after day.

    Oh, and you have to get up at 5:00, every morning.

    Have fun.

    Edit:
    I sincerely wish you all the best.
    I hope you love it.
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:23 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidYou will have an extremely angry asshole, standing one inch from your nose, screaming at you, and insulting you, until you cry. Then, he'll bully you for crying, day after day after day after day.

    Oh, and you have to get up at 5:00, every morning.




    But I already went through High School once....
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Nov 08, 2012 6:27 AM GMT
    Just remember bootcamp is more mental than physical. Tips from a former marine.
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    Nov 08, 2012 2:06 PM GMT
    To be honest, the mental part I am none to worried about.
    My social chat filters are on the inbound, not the outbound like normal people. So people call me a "Motherfucking lazy-ass stupid piece of shit", and all I hear is "That wasn't very smart."

    And good, 4-5am is the worst? I worked night shifts for about a year, so oddball sleep schedules are not foreign. When they had me days at that same job, I had to be there at 5AM, and it was an hour away, so... 4am wake up. So no sweat there.

    Physically... I just am crossing my fingers that they don't test my running until I get there. I hear they don't disqualify you once you get there, but I got seven more days for them to tell me to run 2 miles in 16 min. I could do it in 20-21, but that is after I have been working on that for the past year (I fuckin HATE running).

    Thanks for the words of advice all! It is actually making me feel more confident in my decision.
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    Nov 08, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    Olandew saidTo be honest, the mental part I am none to worried about.
    My social chat filters are on the inbound, not the outbound like normal people. So people call me a "Motherfucking lazy-ass stupid piece of shit", and all I hear is "That wasn't very smart."

    You also can't be a smartass. If I understand correctly, every response is either "Sir, yes, sir!" or "No, sir!". Remember you are serving the United States of the America, private. They don't have time for your games and "individuality".