The easy way to prepare for basic training Each year, thousands of young Americans attempt to enlist in the U.S. Armed Services. A number of factors during a soldier's training could inhibit successful enlistment, including mental toughness and physical fitness levels. Basic Training For Dummies covers the ins and outs of this initial process, preparing you for the challenges you?ll face before you head off for basic training.. You'll get detailed, week-by-week information on what to expect in basic training for each branch of service, such as physical training, discipline, classroom instruction, drill and ceremony, obstacle courses, simulated war games, self-defense, marksmanship, and other milestones. Tips and information on getting in shape to pass the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) All-important advice on what to pack for boot camp Other title by Powers: ASVAB For Dummies Premier, 3rd Edition, Veterans Benefits For Dummies Whether you join the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, Basic Training For Dummies prepares you for the challenge and will help you survive and thrive in boot camp!
Introduction 1 Part I: The Basics about Basic 7 Chapter 1: Forewarned Is Forearmed 9 Chapter 2: A Day in the Life of Basic Training 19 Chapter 3: Training for Military Jobs 27 Chapter 4: On the Firing Line (Weapons Range) 35 Part II: Getting Ready for Basic 49 Chapter 5: Getting a Head Start on Military Ranks 51 Chapter 6: Doing Things the Military Way 67 Chapter 7: Mastering Military Law and Justice 79 Chapter 8: Fit to Fight: Getting in Shape for Basic Training 89 Chapter 9: Hup, Two, Three, Four: Understanding Military Drill 107 Part III: Heading to Basic Training 119 Chapter 10: Packing Right by Packing Light 121 Chapter 11: One Last Trip to the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) 131 Chapter 12: Arriving at the Base 139 Chapter 13: Getting Picked for a Basic Training Job 149 Part IV: Basic Training Life, Branch by Branch 159 Chapter 14: Army Basic Combat Training 161 Chapter 15: Air Force Basic Training 181 Chapter 16: Navy Boot Camp 201 Chapter 17: Marine Corps Basic Training 221 Chapter 18: Coast Guard Basic Training 247 Part V: Wrapping Up Basic Training 261 Chapter 19: Graduation Week 263 Chapter 20: Getting Your Just Rewards 273 Part VI: The Part of Tens 283 Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Prepare for Basic Training 285 Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Make Your Drill Instructor Happy293 Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Get in Shape for Basic Training 299 Appendix A: Punitive Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) 307 Appendix B: Military Enlisted History 313 Index 353
Rod Powers, a recognized expert in all U.S. military matters, is the author of ASVAB For Dummies and serves as a military guide for About.com.
Learn to: Get in shape for the physical fitness test Pack the right gear for boot camp Rev up your mental toughness The easy way to survive and thrive in boot camp Whether you join the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, this friendly guide gives you week-by-week information on what to expect in basic training for each branch of service, such as physical training, discipline, classroom instruction, drill and ceremony, obstacle courses, simulated war games, self-defense, marksmanship, and other milestones. Basic training 101 — discover what to expect during military basic training, from what happens on the firing range to which jobs you may want to volunteer for (and which ones to avoid at all costs) Before you boot — get the inside scoop on ways to get in shape, what you should pack, and what you should leave at home Branch out — find out exactly what you'll encounter in each of the services' basic training programs, including daily activities and inspections, and how you'll interact with classmates and instructors Onward and upward — learn about the different graduate events and basic training awards for each branch of the military Open the book and find: A day in the life of basic training Ways to get in shape before you ship out Guidance on making your final visit to MEPS Tricks to memorize rank, acronyms, and terms Methods to achieve higher rank and more pay What to expect when you get to your basic training location Tips and advice to make your drill instructor happy
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