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5 Tips to get through Basic Training Boot Camp

Follow these tips to have a 'smooth' experience at basic training....
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1. Prioritize

In Boot Camp your life is going to be broken down into two parts:

a) The things you want to do – sleep, read or write letters, talk with your buddies etc
b) The things you have to do – shine your shoes, do your laundry, buff floors, scrub toilets etc

Don’t be tempted to slack off and procrastinate. Be disciplined and take care of what you have to first.

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2. You Don’t Make the Rules

Never argue with your Drill Sergeants/RDCs/DIs/TIs/CCs/etc. You will never win and it will cost you in terms of extra PT. In the battle of wills, they hold a decidedly unfair advantage.

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3. Pick Me

Standing out can have its rewards, but it is a double-edged sword. You won’t likely be asked to volunteer for a leadership assignment, like squad leader, but if they do pick you, you will be responsible for not only your own performance but also those in your squad.

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4. Stay Focused

Stay focused on the task at hand. Boot Camp is 80% mental, and 20% physical so don’t start thinking about how long more you have left or how tough it is. Giving up is not an option.

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5. Help Your Buddy

You will live, eat, sleep, fight and die as a team. The sooner you learn to work as a team, the sooner life will get better for you. Boot camp is about being part of the team; individuals are weeded out and swiftly taken care of. You need to be focus on the “WE” aspect of everything you do.

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