At 10/7/09 12:27 PM, TehreTard wrote:
Leaving for Boot Camp on Sunday.
Arriving at Boot Camp on Tuesday.
Any tips on how to make it a pleasant 3 months? You know, how not to screw up and get quarter-decked, that stuff.
Fly low. Under the radar. Don't volunteer for such great positions as squad leader or even worse, guide. unless you think you really know what you're doing haha.
A great position to volunteer for is Scribe. If they ask who knows how to use a computer well or how to write well raise your hand. You'll have some extra tasks to do, but you will probably get to make the fire watch list, which can be the greatest thing ever for you.
Just remember to never take anything personal. Drill instructors are there to make your life a living hell so to speak. You will never be able to avoid getting trashed, either as a platoon or individually. While you can avoid the quarter deck, you most likely won't, but you certainly won't avoid having the drill instructors mess with the whole group. No matter how fast or how perfect you do things, they will always find something wrong to mess with you.
Also, always listen, and do exactly as they tell you. Don't try to take any initiative to do anything extra. Take everything they say to the letter, nothing more, nothing less. You're not there to think for yourself, you're there to learn to listen to every command and execute with extreme precision.
Hopefully, you'll notice there's always someone stupider than you who will fuck up, I just hope you don't end up being one of the shitbags. But if you have a good head on your shoulders, it won't be as hard as it sounds. I'll see you on the other side recruit.
Oh and if you have a girlfriend, make sure to let her know to write you every day. You get to send out a letter with your address once you get there, so do that. You'll love getting those once you're in. I thought I would hate it, but I loved getting my letters (they distribute almost every day).
Get plenty of rest on the plane, you might not sleep for a while once you get there, you'll be up all night processing in and getting to a processing platoon. If you get there on Tuesday you'll be with that platoon until the following Friday which is when you'll start with your actual platoon and drill instructors (known as black friday). Depending on the DIs, it might be one of your worst days ever haha.
But yea, have fun, it's not as bad as it sounds, and I'll see you on the other side recruit. Hopefully they make you a man and I'll be proud to call you a brother.