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Shipping to Basic Training at the end of May. Advice?

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I'll be in Ft. Leonard Wood MO for the U.S. Army.

 

I know it'll be hot and humid, and I hear the worst thing about that place is that there isn't any grass, it's all dirt.

 

Has anyone done BCT there?

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FT Lost in the Woods.... I didn't do BCT there but I will tell you to drink alot of OJ at chow. You'll need the calcium to help prevent shin splints and milk doesn't do well in your stomach in the heat. Good luck and Godspeed and avoid being sent to the pit (altho it will probably happen).

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delta7

 

remember you could joined the circus that being said your going to love and hate it just

know we wish you well.

learn all you can take all the schools offered especially language and new tech that can

translate into a civilian good paying job maybe even the medical field but it all depends on your

likes and fate to a degree..

and most do not retire so consider that when you look at your MOS if it does not help you in the

civilian world I have seen a lot of unhappy people that instead of being a sniper wished they a

done something else years down the line and that is them telling me not my opinion.

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I'll be in Ft. Leonard Wood MO for the U.S. Army.

 

I know it'll be hot and humid, and I hear the worst thing about that place is that there isn't any grass, it's all dirt.

 

Has anyone done BCT there?

 

Basic Training is actually more mental than physical. Don't let the Drill Seargent 'Mind Games' break your spirit.

 

Being from Kentucky originally, I know Missouri has the same weather. Summer temperatures are normally 90+ everyday and 90+ humidity. Never underestimate the need to Hydrate yourself. Wearing a thin cotton t-shirt doesn't stop sunburn.

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Essayons!!

I am a 12B and 91L among my many MOS's and 20 yrs of service I know Ft Lost in the Woods very well I love that post but you will not. Your barracks and quad will be across from the 249th Engineers and behind your barracks will be a row of metal sheds called the Tins these are for reclassing soldiers mostly E-4s and NCO's do not be in either of these areas and DO NOT interact with these soldiers or your rear will be grass. Your Drill SGT's will be mostly Engineers and so hard core and very Hooah (you will figure out what this means I am not going to explain it) this is not the place to impress or try to prove yourself this is where you prove you can follow orders precisely and learn attention to detail. So shut up and Listen very carefully and absolutely never ASSUME (or you will pay) lose any attitude you may have now and become a good little robot through boot oh and a heads up your first week there also known as zero week does not count against your time in boot it is for administrative functions and medical and is not a part of boot. After AIT if you get orders to Joint Base Lewis McCord holler. If you have any specific questions you can PM me with them.

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I was wondering when you would go to BCT. The combination of heat and humidity is dangerous! Make absolutely sure you stay hydrated (GREAT advice about the OJ). I went thru AIT at Ft. Dix, similar conditions and one of my team-mates developed a serious heart murmur because she was too dehydrated and got a medical discharge.

Do a lot of runnung NOW, run until you puke and then run some more. Pushups, situps 200 each. NEVER call a DI "Sir", it's "Yes, Drill Sergeant".

You will get yelled at, don't take it personally. Their job is to brake down the individual civilian and make you into a soldier. It's ultimately about saving your life!

Best of luck to you.

Stay in touch and, if you get deployed to the sandbox, sign up for www.anysoldier.com, we'll be able to send you care packages.

HOOAH!

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Never done Army stuff, but from a Marine perspective, do what you can to increase your fitness now, and when you actually start your training, shut up, listen, and do exactly as they tell you. They will eventually move from playing head games into trying to teach you something. Try to learn what they shove at you. All of it, believe it or not, has purpose.

 

Take with you, your faith, your resolve, and determination, along with my thanks and respect for your willingness to serve.

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I've been running and doing Push ups for a while now. I'm actually in RSP (recruit sustainment program) because I am on a Split-Op program so I can finish college. For the past 4 month's I've had 1 weekend a month of RSP which is basically Basic Training Prep. I know how to salute, march, basic D&C, Pugil Sticks, Rank, Army Values, Soldier Creed, Army Song, Basic Water Survial, Room clearing (I'm sure I'm leaving things out) and next month we have Combatives.

 

Every RSP Drill starts with the 2-2-2 APFT (even though the Army just decided to change to a new APFT) and I've passed every one, and have been improving.

 

I do BCT this summer, come back for the Fall and Spring Semester, graduate college then ship to AIT at Ft. Eustis next summer. And in case anyone out there is wondering, I'm a 15T on track to being an Aviation Warrant Officer.

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I've been running and doing Push ups for a while now. I'm actually in RSP (recruit sustainment program) because I am on a Split-Op program so I can finish college. For the past 4 month's I've had 1 weekend a month of RSP which is basically Basic Training Prep. I know how to salute, march, basic D&C, Pugil Sticks, Rank, Army Values, Soldier Creed, Army Song, Basic Water Survial, Room clearing (I'm sure I'm leaving things out) and next month we have Combatives.

 

Every RSP Drill starts with the 2-2-2 APFT (even though the Army just decided to change to a new APFT) and I've passed every one, and have been improving.

 

I do BCT this summer, come back for the Fall and Spring Semester, graduate college then ship to AIT at Ft. Eustis next summer. And in case anyone out there is wondering, I'm a 15T on track to being an Aviation Warrant Officer.

Sounds like you have got your sh*t together, Thanks for your service, and best of luck to you!

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Never done Army stuff, but from a Marine perspective, do what you can to increase your fitness now, and when you actually start your training, shut up, listen, and do exactly as they tell you. They will eventually move from playing head games into trying to teach you something. Try to learn what they shove at you. All of it, believe it or not, has purpose.

 

Take with you, your faith, your resolve, and determination, along with my thanks and respect for your willingness to serve.

 

well said Devildog

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This may not be exactly the best thread for this but I have to share a story from my area, we just had another fallen hero come home this weekend, IED, he came home Friday the same day he was scheduled to be home on leave, his father had opening day tickets for them. As my sons get older ( 10,14,16) I feel even more the sacrifice of young men like Delta7, and their families, and they restore a little hope for us all every time I see or speak to them. Best of wishes to you and our family and thank all of you in here who have served. And delta keep your head screwed on straight ...and down

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FT Lost in the Woods..Ya Baby..tell that Water tower I said Im still alive.

 

As advised earlyer!!!

Drink OJ..IT IS ALways YES DRILL SEARGENT!!! stay out of site dont bring attention to your self,find others like minded for the support.Stay away from loud mouths,When cleaning the head and it is clean and the officer says "would you eat off it" answer yes,and be ready to back it up just in case he has something ready.

Stay out of the bars along the side of the road near Writes town.

If you get a tat and the guy has a green worm coming out his belly button,Please tell him my Eagle needs touching up.

 

If you need anything!! PM one of us and we will send to your family!!!!

Take care of your feet!!and watch those snakes near the river!!First pay check dont blow it on a card game or someone trying to husle you.

Ok so be carefull and you will meet good people and make life long friends.

 

If you ride horses they have a wonderfull stable.

well they did in 1972.LOL

Yes I will be praying..stay safe ..

Brother Matt

Edited by 101matt

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The stables are gone Matt the post has shrunk from its cold war glory days mostly TRADOC now. They did built a new PX and Commisary most of their customer base is retiree's and they dont keep the grounds as nice as they used to but our old friend the water tower is still very much there.

Edited by warrior7r

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Im sure some things have changed about basic training since 1993 when I went through it in Ft Benning GA, but I will tell you what I can.

 

First off everyone that has said fitness is 100% correct. You sound like your in pretty good shape, if you really want to excel, try and double what you are doing now. And practice carrying a 40 lb ruck for 5 miles at a 4 mph pace.

 

Hydration is #1, and the DIs will make sure that hits home.

 

If you are a smoker or chewer, QUIT NOW. There is absolutely nothing worse than going through nicotine withdrawls while in physical pain from all the exercise, while the DIs do thier best to break you mentally.

 

Do not take anything expensive with you, like an ipod, laptop or ipad, expensive headphones. All of your civilian stuff will be taken and stored somewhere separate from you, and things tend to disappear from storage.

 

Be a robot, do not improvise! Basic training is teaching you to follow orders, no matter how retarded. Just work with a will, dont complain, and do what your told. Find others in your platoon/squad that are like you and try to set a good example.

 

Never volunteer for anything, and never snitch.

 

Sounds like you should have a relatively easy time of it though if you have already been doing all that you say you have. Just keep your head down, do your time, and once you get into AIT and your permanent unit, then you can shine.

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Smart going the W.O. route!! Best type of job to have in the service. Remeber, it's very difficult to keep up the level of fitness you'll have AFTER basic; going back to college it's very easy to lose it. But going to OCT you will be expected to be in even better shape sice you will be a leader. So keep up a daily PT regimen!

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I've been running and doing Push ups for a while now. I'm actually in RSP (recruit sustainment program) because I am on a Split-Op program so I can finish college. For the past 4 month's I've had 1 weekend a month of RSP which is basically Basic Training Prep. I know how to salute, march, basic D&C, Pugil Sticks, Rank, Army Values, Soldier Creed, Army Song, Basic Water Survial, Room clearing (I'm sure I'm leaving things out) and next month we have Combatives.

 

Every RSP Drill starts with the 2-2-2 APFT (even though the Army just decided to change to a new APFT) and I've passed every one, and have been improving.

 

I do BCT this summer, come back for the Fall and Spring Semester, graduate college then ship to AIT at Ft. Eustis next summer. And in case anyone out there is wondering, I'm a 15T on track to being an Aviation Warrant Officer.

 

OK, my basic in Lost in the Woods, Misery was in '69 so I'm probably dated. I do remember the water tower and the "temporary barracks" we used during 'zero week' build for WW1! You have gotten some great advice. Remember it is all about teamwork. From Lost in the Woods to Ft. Useless? I went to Ft Sill (swill or Comanche County Cannon Cockers College) for AIT and OCS. My rotorwing stuff was in Mineral Wells and Ft. Rucker, Al (known to graduates everywhere as Rucker University or affectionately as "Ruck U"). Warrant Officer is the best rank in the Army! You should get more flying and less admin BS than us poor old commission types. Sounds like you have your head screwed on straight - I second everyone else, you need something, sound off and we'll help if possible.

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Thanks for all the support and well-wishes guys! It really does mean a lot to me.

 

I was also wondering if anybody had any input on being an Honor Graduate at BCT? My recruiter likes to brag that he has the highest percentage of Honor Graduate recruits and I wanted to know more about what it takes to be an Honor Graduate.

 

I've heard that there are 3 ways to get it: High test scores, high PT score, Expert Rifle Qualification. Is this accurate or are there other things that are considered also?

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There are other considerations leadership, ability to follow instruction, class scores, peer interaction, superior interaction as well as others. Your used car salesman sorry I mean your recruiter is trying to hype you up. Do not put the added pressure to achieve this, trying is sticking your neck out and exausting yourself just let it come do not try for it do what you need to to accomplish the primary mission. Do not draw additional attention to yourself for good, bad or indifferent.

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Well, I ship out the day after Memorial Day and I don't think I'm gonna be online again before then. I just wanted to say goodbye, I'll see you all in 10 weeks (give or take a few days) and I look forward to catching up on the forums.

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Well, I ship out the day after Memorial Day and I don't think I'm gonna be online again before then. I just wanted to say goodbye, I'll see you all in 10 weeks (give or take a few days) and I look forward to catching up on the forums.

 

 

All the best, sir. When you can, please let us know how things go.

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