Basic Training Breakdown: What to Expect When You Join the Military

Army Basic Training Schedule

The Army’s official website states that soldiers will spend approximately 2 years at boot camp before they are sent to their first assignment. Some military experts believe that it may take longer than two years, but the average time is around four years. Soldiers are usually assigned to one of the following units: infantry, armor or artillery. They serve with a specific unit for about three months and then move on to another unit where they serve until discharged from service.

Army Basic Training Location

There are several places where soldiers go through basic training. These include Fort Sill Oklahoma; Fort Leonard Wood Missouri; Fort Benning Georgia; Fort Jackson South Carolina and Fort Riley Kansas. Each place has its own unique characteristics and features. For example, some places have better facilities while others have worse ones.

Some places require recruits to live in barracks while other places do not.

Army Basic Training Daily Schedule

It is common for soldiers to sleep during the day and work at night. However, there are times when soldiers must perform duties outside of these hours. These activities include drills, marches and other physical exercises. Other activities include field training, which includes lectures given by instructors, leadership training and much more.

The following is a typical day for an army recruit during basic training.

5:00am: The alarm clock goes off and you are instructed to get up, take a shower and prepare for the day.

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6:00 am: You eat breakfast and pack your bag before reporting to your drill instructor. You spend the next two hours marching in formation while singing cadences.

8:00am: You have breakfast and are inspected for cleanliness.

9:00am: You receive instruction about the proper way to clean your weapon.

10:00am: You receive instruction on how to handle hostile situations.

12:00pm: You go to lunch and then take a nap.

2:00pm: You receive instruction on a certain subject such as first aid, handling riots, and land navigation.

4:00pm: You have dinner.

5:00pm: You prepare for the next day and then hit the sack.

6:00pm: The day ends and you are in bed.

These are just some of the activities that will take place during your army basic training experience. There are certain changes that take place, but these tend to be minor. For example, you may be required to do more physical activities or you may be taught different subjects. On the other hand, some aspects of training may be more relaxed to make the process easier on new recruits.

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How well a new recruit takes things can make a difference in how their experience turns out. For example, a new recruit who has a positive attitude tends to enjoy basic training more than one who complains all the time. Whether a soldier passes or fails can come down to attitude. A positive attitude tends to make the training go by quicker and makes it easier for the soldier to learn what they need in a timely manner.

The exact time that a soldier serves during basic training depends on their level of understanding during training. The more they seem to grasp an concept, the less time it takes to fully understand it. Someone who struggles to learn may be required to stay behind for extra help. Someone who fails to learn may be required to repeat the same concept until they get it right.

Paying attention during training and not getting in trouble can make all the difference in the world. There are times when a drill sergeant will try to see if they can get someone to crack. If they succeed, then that person may be in for a rough time. They may also be treated differently after that moment.

The key for any new recruit is to remain focus and try not to let the intense experience get to you. If you can get through it, then you will be able to join your comrades on the battlefield and help bring victory to your army!

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