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Old 01-10-2009, 9:30 AM
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So I ship on Jan 28th and want to get your input on what I should or shouldn't do on my last night here. My girlfriend and I plan to get a hotel that night but beyond that I'm stumped.
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If it were me I would spend the time with her and not drink too much
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NO, NO, NO party as hard as you can stay up all night and drink everything in sight. The first day of boot camp will be awful... no need to remember it. There will be a rude awakening that you have been demoted to a lower lifeform. Through all that keep in mind that you are being hardened and tempered and will be stronger for the experience.
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You're going to reception first and spend a few days there so enjoy your time with the woman and have a few drinks. Its a long lonely stint without some luvin so get as much as you can. Be prepared for "hurry up and wait". Pay attention to detail and don't get caught up in some bull**** when you arrive. Everyone will have "their" story so sit back and enjoy the ride. Good luck!
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Spend the 26th with her... the 27th with all the other women you possibly can, then ship out!
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So I ship on Jan 28th and want to get your input on what I should or shouldn't do on my last night here. My girlfriend and I plan to get a hotel that night but beyond that I'm stumped.
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First of all. Your not going to "boot camp" soldier. Your *** dont belong to the Navy
Volunteering for everything isnt as bad as these old timers make it sound. Sure you will start out getting really ****ty duties but you will eventually show that you are motivated. Also if no one "volunteers", usually the whole platoon will then volunteer for a smoking.
Dont do what I did and leave home your cell phone, i pod and all your usual **** you love. Sure it will get locked up but after you graduate or the day before, you can call your girl or parents to tell them where to look for you if they go to your graduation. Ipods are great for that long flight there and home.
Have fun, try not to think about your girl or home as much as possible. There was guys who were borderline going AWOL because they kept talking about their girls non stop and would not stop thinking about them. Your only going to be gone for what, seven weeks I think (I had OSUT for infantry so with reception it was 16 weeks not counting jump school)
Go out and buy a bunch of calling card with low minutes. Go to a pay phone and try them all out and see which ones suck the least to get through, then memorize the buttons you will need to get through then go out and buy one with like 300 minutes which will be way more than you will need through out basic. It will be easier to get through on the rare occasion you get a phone call.
DONT be one of those guys who wants to go home so bad that he fakes suicide. You will see probably about three or more of these guys in reception alone and they will make your life a living hell to "outprocess" out of there which will take weeeeeeeks. It is far easier to go through basic for however long where you do cool **** rather than spend weeks in reception.
If you smoke or dip now, stop right this second. Dont be THAT guy or one of THOSE guys who couldnt hold the urges and is standing in front of the whole company while the whole company gets smoked for contraband. The temptation gets to people. lucky I kicked smoking and i dont dip and as much of a porn fanatic that I am, I still stayed away from contraband. Life will be easier.
Take notes whenever possible. I would try to take notes while getting smoked sometimes when the DS was teaching us stuff while we were in the fron leaning rest or when we had to "sit" in a chair position. The DS loves this and it shows your serious about learning your soldier skills.
Dont fall asleep during CLS class. Medics with thier combat badges are really evil, dont let them fool you. You will wake up getting stuck in wierd places or have opened smelling salt packages shoved up your nose. I dont think you will have a problem with this in considering its cool where your at but dont pass out dehydrated either. Medics would get really pissed since its something you could of avoided
Dont pig out on junk food in reception either. You will seriously start sludging down. I stayed with the baked chicked but other guys had it bad. also do as much PT as you can in reception. you cant run but you can smoke yourself before bed. I was unlucky enough to stay there two weeks, hopefully you will be less than a week.
If your leaving out of san diego, dont take the old black guys **** at the MEPS hotel. If your ARNG, he will try to make you look like a **** bag and try to huimilate you in front of everyone. He is a POS but just ignore it
HAVE FUN! You will have the time of your life
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My last day as a civilian was January 28, 1992. Went to Great Lakes.....

Spend time with family before leaving. Your friends will be there when you get back from Boot Camp and the partying then feels soooo much better.

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If your leaving out of san diego, dont take the old black guys **** at the MEPS hotel. If your ARNG, he will try to make you look like a **** bag and try to huimilate you in front of everyone. He is a POS but just ignore it
HAVE FUN! You will have the time of your life
can you explain why, I will leave March 3 to South Carolina CA-ARNG.
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I hate to say it but I put the GF on standby. Last thing you need to worry about at boot camp is a gGF. Before you deploy, get rid of any new ones you might have picked up. Trust me, its sound advice!
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Sleep. We did not get to sleep until about 0330 and up at 0400 or so. I still remember the reception sergent giving the "don't tell me you are going to kill yourself cause I don['t give a f#@^!!!!" speach to us while he was fading from one guy into two back into one as my eyes wondered.

I was up all night with my gf and didn't sleep well for days before I left. Reception was MUCH harder for us as we were kept seperate from females and they really were sadistic in the things they said to us. Basic was a joke. This was 1996 when they were trying all kinds of social experiments due to Clinton. Don't sweat it.

Don't be one of those p@$^! whipped guys. Those always seemed to be the ones who got the return to sender letter or the dear John letter that was read infont of everyone by the worst Drill Sergent there as he encuraged everyone to have a laugh at his expense. That said I did have a GF and kept her through basic and AIT. There were many females in other MOSes at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and when some found out that I would not cheat on my GF they must have made a bet on who could make me cheat cause I never had attention like that before. I was there when those drill instructors were arrested and it was all over the national media. Some Baltimore TV news even interviewed me about that. Life learning experiance still remeber it like yesterday.

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can you explain why, I will leave March 3 to South Carolina CA-ARNG.
Sure. Army training and NG training are the same at first. You go to the same basic. You go to the same AIT. You will go to the same jump school as active army. Hell its call ARMY national guard. So get used to saying your in the army. Well when you get there and sign in under ARNG he will make a big deal how your different. He is retired navy so he KNOWS everything. I think his name is james.
So finally after getting up, having the last breakfast as a free civillian at the time, he calls for all the army personal to go on the bus to be shipped off so I line up. In my hand I had the packet to another recruit who was going to Ft Benning with me. They put me in charge of him because I was older so he gets on the bus and I try to also. Everyone from every branch is there and he starts yelling at me saying that I dont need to get on the bus. I have no business on the bus! I tell him, "The guy im in charge of is on that bus! I have his packet!" He tells me, "I dont care if your momma is on that bus! your not getting on! You not no army! you national guard!" I then respond, "They go to the same training! Im going to Fort Benning!" His reaction was, "No they not the same training! you gunna learn that real fast! your boot camps not the same!"
He then starts reading on the list and then blinks a few times realizing his mistake but then tries to further embarress me while people are laughing, "now you may go on." and like waves his hand in a bow
When I get on then the rest of the future sailors and marines get on, one pats me onthe shoulder and says, "dont worry. that old bastard doesnt knowing anything." I still dont know if they were laughing at me or him lol
Just ignore him. I assume he is still there because he was there in feb last year when I swore in and he was there in may when I shipped out
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Dont fall asleep during CLS class. Medics with thier combat badges are really evil, dont let them fool you. You will wake up getting stuck in wierd places or have opened smelling salt packages shoved up your nose. I dont think you will have a problem with this in considering its cool where your at but dont pass out dehydrated either. Medics would get really pissed since its something you could of avoided
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can you explain why, I will leave March 3 to South Carolina CA-ARNG.
You must be headed to Ft. Jackson?
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what I should or shouldn't do on my last night here.
DONT do drugs on your last day here! I'm not accusing you of anything but I saw 5 recruits that was sent home because they popped Positive on the drug test. Im not sure about the other branches but when I went through boot camp in 2000, the first thing they did is processed paperworks + drug screening.
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while i do not have any personal experience to reflect back on, i would like to say thank you for making the decision to serve. I am enlisting into the Marines next week and will be going to boot probably in mid march. hopefully i make it. Anyways, good luck bro and let us know how everything went when you get back.

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All great advice. One thing you want to get rid of is any extra GFs. If yiou have a GF ok thats fine. Put your GF and family out of your mind. When I went through basic I jsut shut my brain off as far as family and back home. My evil DS liked to do bunny hops and back in the day duck walks ( even though duck walks werent allowed)
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if you are DEPed and sworn in, then yes you get drug tested before boot camp.

if you come up dirty the recruiter can hold you back for however long it takes for you to piss clean, or if you don't show enough incentive they can drop you right there.

if im not mistaken, you get drug tested right when you arrive at boot camp.


all i can say is, thank god. i don't want to spend the next few days of orientation with a bunch of lazy hung over idiots makes it harder on the ones who come mentally-sound.

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The week before I left for basic training, I partied a lot, but on the last night, I spent it with my family. I wouldn't want to be hung over when I arrived to basic.. It was crappy enough as it was.

I wouldn't worry about doing much on your last night, it's not like you have to go out and act like a mad man.. You will have plenty of time to do that after you graduate.. just relax with the girlfriend, maybe get some dinner and watch a movie or something. Like already mentioned, don't do any illegal drugs. I'm sure that isn't something you planned on doing anyways.
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what branch did you go into ?

when introduced to your drill instructors, stand up and yell" this recruit wants to be the darned best recruit you ever had sir gee willy gosh"
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when introduced to your drill instructors, stand up and yell" this recruit wants to be the darned best recruit you ever had sir gee willy gosh"
LOL! Ya the DI's would love that!!

Spend time with your GF and family, because if y'all are close then I promise you you have no idea what it feels like to miss someone until you go to bootcamp. No phone calls and only letters every so often, take the time you have to see your FAMILY, not as much your friends but your family. I thought I would miss my friends a lot and I did, just not nearly as much as I did my family, and that really surprised me.
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Spend as much time as you can with her and other family. DO NOT drink, if you do, make sure you keep it low. They will breathalyze you when you get to MEPS and you don't wanna pop with anything above 0.00. Good luck
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Through all that keep in mind that you are being hardened and tempered and will be stronger for the experience.
Unless you joined the Air Force.
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I went to basic in the stone age, but here's my .02

Say goodbye to your family. However remote, there is a chance you won't return. Get used to that.

If you have a girlfriend, and she is willing, screw your brains out before you leave. Two reasons for this: First, you ain't getting any for a long time, and second she ain't going to be there when you get back.

If you like to drink, go ahead and get boozed up.

Do all the PT you can do before you go, but if you don't that's cool. It gives the drill sergeants more fun.

Realize that this little training session could be the start of a truly great adventure; You will see much more training and adventure when you get to your unit, because training in the Army never stops. When you get to your unit, you will train with them, and unless you are in direct contact with the enemy, you will continue to train. The only time you will be certified as fully trained is before you deploy to combat. Then, when you return you will start training again. Before I retired, I had to go to training on how to retire.

It will separate you from your civilian friends forever. They, the protected will never know, as they should not, of your sacrifices. You will still have your friends from the past, but you will have buddies from your Army experience. You will soon find out what that means.

The Army took me on a 27 year trip that enabled me to do and see things that I never would have otherwise. There were good times and bad, high and low points, and moments when I honestly thought I was not going to make it. It's all part of being a warrior. If you make it thru Basic/AIT, which you probably will, you will be a warrior. You will see things differently. You will most likely see combat at some time, and if you keep your shizz together you will probably make it.

Honestly though, as a 27 year veteran of active Army and Army National Guard, I envy those starting out. I would most certainly do it again, especially in this time of war.

Thank you for your service, young guns!

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Dude, Sleep as much as possible. Seriously. Do not try and stay up and party the night before.
You will be up for Days, It blows.

Oh, and Eat some good food, cause your going to miss it. Salt & pepper is your friend in boot, you will learn that quick
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depends where your going to basic, if your going infantry, have fun in georgia. Its nothing to stress over. Its also gotten ALOT softer recently.
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depends where your going to basic, if your going infantry, have fun in georgia. Its nothing to stress over. Its also gotten ALOT softer recently.
Softer then in 96? If so we are doomed.
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It'll be fun don't panic and like other say don't for get to volunteer for stuff but also don't stand out amongst the crowd.
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You probably already have your plans made, but from someone who went through boot camp in the disco era, the best advice is to spend some quality, quiet time with your g/f and family. Those times will help you with the only really "hard" part of boot camp: the boredom.

Since I already knew how to march, polish shoes, fold clothes, etc, boot camp was boring boring boring. When you're bored, and you don't have the ability to do the things you normally like to do, it can be tough. So, those times with your family become very valuable.

The other thing to remember is that boredom makes time pass really slow. So, your mind can play tricks on you. But put this in perspective. I bet it seems like yesterday Christmas was just a couple weeks away..and that's 6 weeks ago. Don't let the boredom get ya down, and the rest is easy.

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I say do the opposite. Don't make a big deal about it. Just relax and be zen.
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Old 01-26-2009, 4:16 PM
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Maddog has some great advice. I graduated boot camp in '04. here's what I saw and would need if i did it again.

Definitely bring my cell phone & charger, ipod, computer, and anything else I can find useful later for AIT or tech school. Reason: you'll get it back later once you're done.

Buy calling cards as Maddog advised. You'll need it later IF you get the chance to call home. You'll also get a chance to call someone to tell them you got to boot camp ok.

Pack as light as possible and only what is necessary. You will be forced to buy more supplies after. Smoking begins at reception. At least it did for me. Bring enough clothes for a couple of days and hopefully you won't wait for a long time. If you are going guard or reserve, you normally don't have to wait as long as the active duty guys.

Spending time with G/F and family is a must. Especially if you guys are close. Have them write often, keeps you from being lonely. DON'T have your G/F send pictures of herself (naked or clothed) and don't bring one either. You might have time for that during AIT or Tech School.

We had a day pass after graduation and the ex-g/f came to see me. It was worth saving the money to fly her in and have her stay at a hotel.

AIT/Tech School is a meat market, especially for those females coming out of boot camp. Beware...

Setup a care package to be shipped to you once you get to AIT/Tech School for things you would like. Civies are nice to have. Especially since you wouldn't pack a whole lot when you get to boot camp.

Have fun. Don't stress. I was a Bay/Dorm Chief in charge of 50+ recruits because of my ROTC background. People stress about the simplest things. Be a team player. Help out as much as possible. Make friends. Get into the routine. Develop a routine, it will keep you sane. Study!! DS will question you, especially during chow. Answer wrong and you get smoked. Be confident. Follow and ask questions later.

Don't be the first to finish eating, but also don't be last. Keep your mouth shut, don't eye ball, if you're going Army, Learn to love the cadences. Sing loud and proud. Download some to your ipod before you get there

Depending on the season and the location, bring or buy gear you will need, i.e. clothing, repellant, etc.

If you want to party the night before, do so at your own risk. You'll regret it in the morning. Get laid before you go.

Get religious. Sunday church service is a great way to decompress and get away from everything. It helps your mental stability, even if you're not religious. It's a good time to somewhat socialize and get away from the barracks/dorms.

Make sure you are on top of your game when you are there. Keep your locker squared away and organized. Break in your boots as soon as you can. I'd look this up if I were you. Keep a pair clean at all times and use the other one for everything else.

Most of all, have fun. This will be one of your more memorable moments and from some odd reason or another, folks I've talked to always want to go back to basic training.
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Most of all, have fun. This will be one of your more memorable moments and from some odd reason or another, folks I've talked to always want to go back to basic training.
I definitely would not want to go back......In fact, if I ran across one of my Drill Sergeants today, I'd smile, walk up, offer my hand........and then kick him in the nuts!!!

Do try to have fun, try to make the most out of the experience, stand in the back row and keep your mouth shut. Get thru it, and move on to the real fun in your unit. Basic/AIT is just a ticket punch.
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If it were me I would spend the time with her and not drink too much
Good advice.Have a clear head in the morning.There are going to be a lot of physically fit people yelling at you.Keep your mouth SHUT and your ears open and do not be a smart *** or you will be singled out for special treatment
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Don't be the looser who gets singled out daily for being all ate up.
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