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Old 02-03-2013, 02:16 AM   #31
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In basic we sir'd everybody. After boot we didn't call enlisted sir. Boot is all about head games. They want to see if you'll crack.
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In basic we sir'd everybody. After boot we didn't call enlisted sir. Boot is all about head games. They want to see if you'll crack.
Maybe in the Marines. But in the Army you say Sargent or Drill Sargent
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I was a drill Sgt and if you want to live riding the ranges ( cleaning the cook stoves) at night say Yes Sir to your Drill Sgt. He is not a sir he is a Sgt and your reply should be Yes Sgt or No Sgt to every thing that comes out of his mouth.. I suggest you start running, do pushups, sit-ups and chin-ups every day until your induction day, after that your every movement will be directed by the Drill Sgt. You do what his says to your utmost ability and you won't have a problem, get on his wrong side and you will live in misery for the duration. I am sure that you will have no problems and will become a fine soldier.
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I was a drill Sgt and if you want to live riding the ranges ( cleaning the cook stoves) at night say Yes Sir to your Drill Sgt. He is not a sir he is a Sgt and your reply should be Yes Sgt or No Sgt to every thing that comes out of his mouth.. I suggest you start running, do pushups, sit-ups and chin-ups every day until your induction day, after that your every movement will be directed by the Drill Sgt. You do what his says to your utmost ability and you won't have a problem, get on his wrong side and you will live in misery for the duration. I am sure that you will have no problems and will become a fine soldier.
Cook stoves? Someone is old school. Haha.
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Don't think for yourself. And don't do anything until your DI tells you to. And keep a low profile. I wasn't in good shape when I went to navy boot camp because I was unemployed and drinking a lot at the time.
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I kept a very low profile. I don't think any instructors knew my name when I graduated. Always remember that its a big head game.
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I kept a very low profile. I don't think any instructors knew my name when I graduated. Always remember that its a big head game.
Low-Profile is key , once they know you by name , you might as well get a T-shirt with a bulls-eye on it..!

How do I know ? Plea the 5th..!!
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Greetings! Retired Army here.

First, it is Fort Leonard Wood. He was a physician, a 3 star General, and recipient of the Medal of Honor (also football coach to Georgia Tech, and Army Chief of Staff) Look him up in Wikipedia.

Second, you have been given some very good advice about running, pushups and situps. We had more youngsters flunk because they were in poor shape, got stress fractures from running, etc.

Advice about calling NCOs sir- not so good. While the Marine Corps recruits address their Drill Instructors as sir, the Army does not. Commissioned and Warrant Officers are sir or ma'am. Sgts are Sgt, First Sgt or (for the folks that wear the Smokey the Bear hat) Drill Sgt.

Do not take with you anything that would be contraband (drugs, porn, weapons of any type) Check with your recruiter, but phone and I-pods etc are probably on the taboo list for trainees. DO take personal hygiene items (toothbrush, razor, etc) DO take writing paper, envelopes, stamps. A spiral pocket notebook will get more use than you would believe. Simple, non-expensive watch. Do not plan on taking a lot of clothing- you will be issued what you need, and have no place to store other things.

If you smoke, quit now.

Half of making it thru BCT is mental. Yes, you CAN do (fill in the blank as needed)- millions of others have already done it. Pay attention, listen, take notes. DO what you are told. You will learn that happiness is getting enough sleep.

IF you have access to the net while in training, be sure to drop in on the forum and say hi. You can also send me a PM if you just need to talk.

And congratulations-
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Cook stoves? Someone is old school. Haha.
Yes, I was a Drill Sgt about 50 years ago and we still had cast iron stoves that were converted from wood/coal fired to gas fired and they were called cook stoves.
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My key as warned by everyone I'd ever met who served before I joined was do not volunteer fr anything. If you smoke don't quit. The stress's of quoting in the civilian world are a pain. In boot camp you don't have time to think bout smoking. Just try to not start backwhen your out of all your training.
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