The first day of Basic training (Video)


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First, Army Basic Training is not called Boot Camp. I think it’s a term that was originally used, but the Army moved away from it.  From what I understand, the Marine Corps still call it that.  To the Army, it’s Basic Training and is the soldier’s introduction to the military.

My basic training was at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  We were an entire class of women.  Most were 18 years old or so, and there were a few of us like me who were older.  Because I had college, I came in as a Private First Class instead of a Private (which largely means more pay, but you still are treated the same way).

When I first arrived, I ended up at Reception Station for two weeks while they got enough women to fill our Basic Training company.  That was about 90 women, so thirty per platoon.

Nothing can really prepare you for Basic Training. I can write all the details here about what it is was like, and it’d still be like being thrown into icy water in utter blackness. It is an experience beyond imagination. This is a video I ran across for Day Zero of Basic Training — are thrown into that water.

If you can only watch a few minutes of it, I won’t be offended. It was as bad as it looks, and worse, and very frightening. I had trouble watching all of it because I know what these guys are going through.

Next up will be “hauling soldiers in a Cattle Car,” so tune in, same military channel, same military time tomorrow.

13 thoughts on “The first day of Basic training (Video)

  1. Rocco Brown April 2, 2014 / 1:23 am

    I actually went to Basic Training here at Leonard Wood in 2009…I see much hasn’t changed lol

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    • Linda Maye Adams, Soldier, Storyteller April 2, 2014 / 5:59 am

      Even though the video is much later, I was surprised at how much the same it is. I still remember the Drill Sergeants screaming at us to run up the stairs and down the stairs and up the stairs and down the stairs …

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      • Rocco Brown April 2, 2014 / 2:21 pm

        LOL…I’m laughing because I saw a few in the video who were there when I was there & you’re exactly right.

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  2. A Writer With Something To Say April 2, 2014 / 2:11 am

    Great post! I would not have been able to get with the yelling though, lol. Kudos to you for dealing with it.

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  3. Sammy D. April 2, 2014 / 11:55 am

    Hub still shudders when he talks about his sadistic Drill Sargents, but says boot camp was the best experience fir handling the challenges if life.

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      • Sammy D. April 2, 2014 / 7:44 pm

        I bet! Kudos to anyone, but especially females, who make it through. You rock!

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  4. Ava Quinn April 2, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Dang, that’s intense!

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  5. mcrohio April 2, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Perfectly awful! Utterly intense! It’s good you shared so some of us “other women” can really appreciate you.
    Mary at Variety, the Spice of Life

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  6. Sonia Lal April 2, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    Intense is right! Whew. Wow

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