If you opt to join the Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Navy or Army, you might be worried about basic training or “boot camp.” And it is one of the most difficult things you will ever go through. What you’ve seen in movies and on television isn’t far from accurate.
Your commanding officers do yell and scream and insult you, but that’s only to make you mentally ready to handle whatever military service throws at you, and to make sure that you understand that you must follow orders, no matter what. The chain of command is what makes the military work.
Prepare yourself before boot camp:
1. Get yourself as physically fit as possible. Even if you’re fit, boot camp will be a challenge, but it’ll be easier if you’re not struggling as hard to keep up.
2. Vow to let the insults go in one ear and out the other. They’re not personal, so you shouldn’t take them that way.
3. Think of all the benefits you’ll receive once you get through boot camp, like guaranteed jobs.
4. Remember that no matter what you’re called or how much you’re yelled at, you can’t be physically hit and abused. Knowing that can make it easier to take the mental side.
In summary, with today’s internet you can easily research each branch’s boot camp programs. Be prepared. Although the recruiter’s advice is important, don’t dare go unless you are totally prepared in mind and spirit.