It might not sound like the most relevant advice related to boot camp, but we are speaking from experience here: Keep a song in your heart.
New series shines light on Army’s Cavalry Scouts – the eyes and ears of the commander on the battlefieldMilitary Affairs
Cavalry Scouts function as the eyes and ears of the Army on the conventional battlefield, and now, a series brings light to their specialty.
Mixed-gender Marine Corps Boot Camp units reveal surprising findingsOn Duty
The Marine Corps was the last service to gender-integrate Boot Camp for recruits, with female Marine recruits finally taking training at San Diego, which had always been a male-only recruit training station. Despite many objections to this new policy, the results point to some encouraging news for the success of the program. One of the […]
Grunt life before Delta Force: Destroying tanks and sleeping floorsOff Duty
I remember the night because I remember the day that preceded it so well in my grunt life. It was a day of practicing anti-tank techniques during my army infantry basic training. On that day we gathered at what was termed the Anti-Tank Maneuvers. It looked innocuous enough; nothing out there really, save a few […]
Meet Staff Sergeant Gould: the 59-year-old boot camp graduateFeatured
Staff Sergeant Monte L. Gould, a 59-year-old veteran, graduated from Army boot camp in the top 10 percent of his class. This is the second time that Staff Sgt. Gould has graduated from Army basic training. His first time was in 1978, when he first entered the military. He initially served in the Marine Corps, […]
Watch: What is the First Day of Marine Recruit Training Really Like?Marine Corps
The first day of Marine Recruit Training is more than an introduction to the boot camp lifestyle; it’s a crash course in discipline, a fiery farewell to the comforts of home, and the first step of many that culminates with being awarded the coveted Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. But from the vantage point […]
Male and female Marine Corps recruits will soon go through boot camp togetherMarine Corps
One of the many facets of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that Donald Trump signed into law on December 20th is bringing big changes to Marine Corps recruit training: all platoons will soon be co-ed. While the Marine Corps has long practiced gender integrated training in the fleet, gender distinctions during recruit training […]
My Dad’s LettersBasic Training Letters
The letters I received at basic training had a powerful impact on the person I became.