When you decide to go into the Military, whether it’s the Marines, Army, Air Force or Navy, you’ll have to go through basic training. The duration and physical requirements will vary some from one branch to another, but all branches will put you to the test.
You may have some questions floating through your head and you may not know how to prepare. The following seven tips are designed to help you understand what to expect and what will be expected of you.
If you use these tips, you will be able to complete military basic training.
You’re not in Charge
You no longer get to make the rules. Your job, as a new recruit, is to shut up, listen and don’t argue. The drill instructors are in charge and you want to be seen, not heard. The best rule of thumb is to only speak when you’re spoken to.
If you try to argue with drill instructors, you won’t win. This will cost you and they will still come out ahead in the battle of wills.
You won’t be alone. Other recruits go through basic training with you. You will eat, sleep, live, fight and die together, so you want to make sure you help your buddy. Teamwork makes life better in basic training and when you become a part of a team, you will be much better off.
Double-edged Sword of Standing Out
The military wants you to stand out, but also wants you to be a team player. When you stand out, it could come with rewards or it could be a double-edged sword. This could mean you end up as a squad leader, which is great, but also means you’re responsible for more than just your own performance.
Priorities are Key
You will have to different categories for things you do in basic training. One category includes the things you want to do, such as sleep, socialize, read and write mail. The other category includes things you have to do, such as buff the floors, scrub toilets, shine your shoes and roll your laundry.
You have to resist the temptation to procrastinate. Do the things you have to do first or you could end up in trouble with drill instructors, which is never a good thing.
Focus is Key
Basic training may be a physical test and may make you feel like it’s going to push you to your physical limits, which it will. However, it’s also very mental. Many believe it’s 80% mental and only 20% physical. You have to avoid the temptation to quit because it’s not really an option. Don’t look too far into the future. Instead, worry about today and the current tasks of today only.
Don’t Break the Rules
You may be tempted to break the few rules you have to deal with in basic training, but it’s a bad idea. You won’t be able to smoke, drink or go to the movies. There may be a few other rules, too, but these are pretty common. If you don’t follow the rules, you may not be a member of the military for very long.
Don’t Question What You’re Doing
Some of the things you’re asked to do in basic training may not seem very logical and may even seem pointless. However, there’s a reason behind everything. It’s best to not question what you’re doing and just do it.
With these tips and a good attitude, you’ll be able to survive basic training.