Welcome to theBoot Camp Challenge, an interactive story designed to take you through some of the thrills and spills of military basic training.
For the sake of simplicity, our adventure takes place in a hypothetical near-future, where members of all the services (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard) attend the same military boot camp. While this is a work of fiction, actual situations, scenarios, and experiences have been used from all of the current U.S. Military basic training courses. Your task, in this and future episodes, will be to successful navigate your way to completion.
Your name is Joe. That's right, "Joe." Your great, great, great, great, great uncle was the original "G.I. Joe," and your family has a long tradition of enlisted military service. Upholding family gradation, you decide to enlist in the United States Military at the tender age of 19.
Like most 19-year-olds, you know everything, so you didn't listen when your experienced relatives advised you to enlist with a " guaranteed job." You originally wanted to be a military linguist, but when you took the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) Test at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), you missed qualifying by two points. Unfortunately, you never visited the About.com U.S. Military Site and read the feature article, What the Recruiter Never Told You, so you allowed the MEPS job counselor to sign you up on an "Open General." After all, he promised that you would be able to retake the DLAB in basic training, and that was just as good as a "guarantee," wasn't it?
The day finally arrives when you're to leave for military boot camp. You're supposed to meet Sergeant Gooddeal, your recruiter, at the Recruiting Station at 7:00 A.M. As usual, the alarm doesn't wake you, and your Mom has to get you up at 5:30 A.M. to get ready.
Of course, you moan and grumble, and go immediately back to sleep as soon as your Mom walks out the door. She's forced to come back at 5:45 A.M. to wake you up again. This time you grudgingly get out of bed, take a shower, and blow-dry your medium-length hair. After shaving the peach-fuzz off your chin, you look in the mirror and decide that maybe it's time to start growing a beard. That'd be cool. You'll start tomorrow.
Moms are great. On your last morning home she cooks your favorite breakfast. Your father is there to give you some last minute advice. He tells you that your goal is to ensure that the Drill Instructor doesn't ever learn your name.
"Once he knows who you are," your Father says, "You're screwed forever."
Because he's your Dad, and because you're 19-years-old, you forget what he says immediately.