Boot camp poses lots of problems for many recruits, but these 10 tips will make the transition easier…
1. Quit Smoking Now: never wait until you leave for Boot camp. Many think that the military will help them quit, and they will, but cold turkey, and Reception Battalion and Boot is no place to be going through withdraw, also your lungs will need time to clean their selves up by producing lots of mucous which is not pleasant for anybody.
2. Rise: Waking when it is still dark outside takes some getting used to, so give your self time to adjust by working on your ability to rise at an earlier hour.
3. Shine: Not only should you be getting getting up earlier, but it’s time to become a morning person. Learning how to get up and go takes discipline and it’s better to have the right mind set before getting to Boot Camp.
4. Get in the Workout: Let nothing get in the way of putting in a good consistent workout everyday for several months before leaving, there won’t be an excuses in Boot Camp, so there certainly shouldn’t be any when getting ready for it.
5. Set Up Bank Accounts and Beneficiaries Now: You’ll need a bank account and a check card, or you could wait for the military to give you one, but doing it before you leave will save a little headache when you get to Reception.
6. Don’t Take Too Much: The military provides you with a bag to use as carry on luggage, fill it but take nothing your going to have to buy when you get there, including more than a change worth of clothes for the morning you leave is a waste since you’ll be buying everything at the PX when you get there.
8. Learn the Value of Being on Your Feet: Aside from the exercise it would do well to get used to being on your feet all day. You’d be surprised just how much time you’ll be standing and just how much it hurts by the end of the day.
9. Have Your Recruiter’s Information: Reception Battalion is notorious for finding the little lines not filled in on contracts, so regardless of how much paperwork was done by the military liaison, things happen, and many find themselves on their phone with their recruiter trying to save their contract.
10. Spend Some Time Growing Up: For many Boot Camp will be the first time they will be on their own, and they should take some time to do a little soul searching, not to mention learning to wash cloths, how to communicate better, and that the military is a team environment, and for many the toughest change of all is going from a ‘me’ attitude to a ‘we’ attitude.
Boot Camp is a fun ride that brings goals, accomplishments and honor, but those wishing to ship out should be not only prepared physically and mentally but also emotionally, as Boot Camp poses lots of problems for many recruits, but these 10 tips will make the transition easier.