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    I just enlisted in the Army National Guard...

    I leave for basic in SC on Oct 14th. Any good tips for basic and/or AIT?
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    No tips here, but congratulations. Hope it works out well for you.

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    No tips except for a heads up about the heat and humidity and bugs especially the Fire Ants, yes even in Oct. I'm Air Force not Army, but I was stationed in SC for 6 years. If you have any questionsabout Ft. Jackson or SC in general PM me as I've been to Ft. Jack numerous times. Also congratulations, good luck and thank you for serving.
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    What MOS have you decided on? I have a meeting scheduled with a recruiter from the Army National Guard to discuss how I could serve and go to college at once. If I enlist, my MOS will be 31B (Military Police).

    Good luck!

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    Thank you for your service!

    My service is too long ago to offer much guidance (I'm now twelve years older than the "Old Man" was when I was in the service.

    But, a West Pointer I know once told this to a young Marine who was going to Basic. "Use only these four responses during Basic:
    1) Yes, sir.
    2) No, sir.
    3) No excuse, sir.
    4) Sir, I do not understand."

    Good luck, and Godspeed!
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    Hey guys. Let me know what you need to know. I was active duty and then transitioned over to the Army National Guard. Look up the Army PFT and make sure you can meet the basic requirements.
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    Well, congratulations and thank you! Basic training is designed to instill discipline, which will keep you out of trouble and alive, especially in combat.

    You will be required to do difficult things in little time. Even if you know that you won't be able to accomplish the task, show your drill sergeants that you have the heart to take on the challenge. Always give it 110% no matter what.

    Keep your uniform sharp, keep your nose clean and follow all orders. Show some initiative and team work.

    Start doing push ups, sit ups and runnning now!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by revolutionz View Post
    Any good tips for basic and/or AIT?
    1. Don't take it personal, you will get yelled at and very possibly called names.
    2. Study and don't get mixed in with knuckleheads.
    3. Don't be a knucklehead.
    4. Don't eyeball your DS, but don't look away. Learn to refocus your eyes on what is behind them so you don't flinch.
    5. Take an extra tooth brush for cleaning the tight area in between your boot upper and the sole.
    6. DON'T FORGET TO LOCK YOUR LOCKER, or you will see your stuff in the middle of the floor, possibly with shaving creme all over it (trust me on this one )
    7. have fun, learn all you can, and enjoy yourself.


    Thank you for your willingness to serve.
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    Take Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D. Start them at least a month before you ship and take them the entire way through your cycle. It won't hurt you and will probably help keep you from getting sick and getting a bone, joint injury.
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    Here's a little something to go with my comments above...US Army PFT Standards (APFT)
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    Do NOT, I repeat...do NOT volunteer for anything in boot camp (no matter how good it sounds).
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    Boot Camp

    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Do NOT, I repeat...do NOT volunteer for anything in boot camp (no matter how good it sounds).
    I'll echo this advice. DO NOT volunteer for anything in boot camp. Nothing good will come of it. You also should start exercising now. Start with the basics. Push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, etc. The better shape you are in while going through basic will make it that much easier. You will be surprised to see the amount of your fellow enlistee's who didn't start exercising beforehand. It does make a difference.

    One thing that will help you out is to make at least one GOOD friend while in basic training. Each day & before any inspection check each others uniform for anything that could get you written up. If your buddy finds it first that's one less thing for your DI's to find. Do the same for your buddy.

    Thanks again for deciding to join the Army! More young people should be making the same decision. Please let us know how you are doing as best you can.
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    Start running, and working on your push ups and sit ups now. PT is the only real hard part of Basic training right now. But if you have any specific questions, I'm a Drill Sergeant at Ft. Knox..so feel free to ask.

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    Keep your pocket Bible over your heart - and Jesus "in" your heart.

    Thanks for serving. God Bless.....
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    thanks for seving, and good luck.

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