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I just recently graduated from boot camp in Great Lakes IL. The experience was hardening and maturing but at other times amusing. So the other day I was thinking about all of the things not to do that others or myself done while in boot.

#1 Just because they are wearing khakis does not mean they are a Chief.

#2 Sleeping in the stalls while it may effective, it is not advised.

#3 DO NOT LOCK YOUR KNEES!!!!!!

#4 When you pass out from locking your knees and knock a tooth out do not put it in your pocket, that is considered gear adrift.

#5 Never call the LCPO a Petty Officer unless you want to die.

#6 If the Petty Officer walks into the head during holiday routine and you are bare *** naked and dripping wet from the shower you just took do not pop to attention, you just look dumb.

#7 The gas chamber sucks, it sucks even worse when you lie and say you don't have pneumonia.

#8 Try not to stay up past taps..... so good night. Add your humorous mistakes or the mistakes of others during your boot.
 

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Dont laugh at the DI regardless of how ridiculous his screaming antics are. It isnt funny after that. Or at least you cant let on it really is heh
 

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don't get drunk on a weekend pass, having people yell at you while hung over is just hell
 

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Lessons learned- Army Basic Training- YEARS ago........

1. Never say "Sir" to a Sgt.

2. There is nothing "restful" about the Front Leaning Rest position.

3. A ball point pen showing in your pocket is "wear of unauthorized decoration".

4. When a rifle, pistol or ANY item with a serial number is handed to you, imagine it has become part of your body until you give it back to whoever gave it to you.

5. Take care of your feet. Seriously.

6. If you can be seen, you can be hit. This also applies to in-ranks inspections.

7. Never miss a chance to eat, sleep, or pee.

8. Learn how to sew.

9. Packages of edible things from home are shared.

10. No matter how tough it is, several million other people have done it.
 

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Don't be first, Don't be last and don't volunteer.
 

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If a weapon comes with a convienant carrying handle that handle should never be used for its intended purpose.
 

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Don't put on the DI's brown round to pose in infront of all your buddies to look cool.
 

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Jon- do you mean that the Manual of Arms does not include the command "Suitcase..... Arms!" ???
 

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Do not try to run away from bootcamp while I'm on fireguard duty. I'm going to bed in a few minutes, just wait! :mad:

But no, your dumb butt had to try and leave. That's why Me and four buddies chased you nearly a mile and drug your dumb butt back. :mad:
 

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Jon- do you mean that the Manual of Arms does not include the command "Suitcase..... Arms!" ???
Yes and that is experience talking
 

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When your DI ask you why you joined the Army NEVER ever say "The college money".

90% of my platoon in basic did that. They separated them and took them out back and "TALKED" to them. I responded with "To go to someone else's country blow it to hell and kill people."

While I was putting my belongings away the college kids were out back getting their asses smoked off.

Do not ever let your weapon out of sight. You will get koalaified That is when the DI makes you run at a tree and jump on it and hold on to the trunk like a koala bear. Till you fall off. Then he picks you up and turns you upside down and makes you do it again.
 

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Doooos and Don'ts

Nothing worse than not eating every thing on your plate. Unless you are the fat guy in the MARINES. :eek::D
 

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don't get drunk on a weekend pass, having people yell at you while hung over is just hell
Weekend pass at BOOTCAMP...WTF?
Thats what I was thinking.
Indeed, WTF? What Military branch Bootcamp gives weekend passes? :confused:

And, always trim your nose hairs. Also, if you are selected to be a platoon Sgt or Squad Leader, when all are forced to eat chow from the Mess Hall garbage cans, always eat what's in the middle. Never from the top, and especially, not from the bottom. :rolleyes:
 

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I was allowed to go home for two days to see my father in the hospital we were 90% sure he was going to die (really bad car wreck). I got completely smashed and when I came back with a hang over from hell it made everything worse.
 

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Let out of Bootie camp....

My son was in the USMC., The only way out was the Red cross and a letter stipulating the reason for........And even then it was'nt certain he would have time off. By the way the USMC frowns apon there drill Sargents drinking with new recruits and missing roll call......:eek::D
 

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Lessons learned- Army Basic Training- YEARS ago........

Never say "Sir" to a Sgt.
Okay, I'm ignorant on this subject. Why not and what should you call him?

Also, if you are selected to be a platoon Sgt or Squad Leader, when all are forced to eat chow from the Mess Hall garbage cans, always eat what's in the middle. Never from the top, and especially, not from the bottom. :rolleyes:
Are you serious? You guys had to eat from the Mess Hall garbage cans?
 

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#7 The gas chamber sucks, it sucks even worse when you lie and say you don't have pneumonia.
Gas chamber Sucks? What? Other than shooting that was the most fun thing to do in basic. I went threw 4 times in Basic just because I wanted to. Its not so bad when you get to your duty station and you go threw it once a year. It is rather lame then. Because they don't get it all full of thick cs gas smoke. They use like 2 pellets for a 4k sqft building. Piece of cake.
 
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