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How to Survive Boot Camp

Boot camp can be a scary experience. Here's how to make that once-in-a-lifetime experience a little easier:

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Here's How:
  1. Start getting into shape before you leave. Boot camp is physically intensive. Work especially on running and pushups.
  2. If you know someone who's been in the military, ask him/her to teach you some simple marching and facing movements.
  3. Memorize your particular service's rank structure (both officer and enlisted) before you leave.
  4. Inform your family and friends that it's very important that they write often. Boot camp can be very lonely.
  5. Practice making your bed with "hospital corners."
  6. Don't arrive "standing out in the crowd." Cut your hair short, and wear conservative clothes. You don't want the D.I.s to remember you.
  7. Bring ONLY what is on the list. Anything extra will be confiscated and will give the D.I. an excuse to chew you out.
  8. Go in with the right attitude. Remember, EVERYONE messes up in boot camp, and EVERYONE gets chewed out. The "real military" won't be this way.
  9. Never, ever, make excuses.
  10. Do exactly what you're told to do, when you're told to do it, and how you're told to do it. Don't be inventive.
  11. When speaking to a D.I., always stand at rigid attention, eyes locked forward.
  12. Don't volunteer. You're much better off in boot camp if the D.I. hardly remembers your name. Those who are "remembered" often get "special attention."
  13. If you're "on time," then you're late. Always be where you're supposed to be five minutes early.


  1. Remember, boot camp is mostly a mind-game. It's designed to tear-down your civilian self and replace it with a military soldier (sailor, marine, airman).
  2. Read everything you can about the military service you're going into. The more you learn before-hand, the less you'll have to learn in boot camp (where you'll be tested).

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