In the last of two N-FAQs for this week, I give you guys five essential tips to get through Navy boot camp (or basic training if you prefer) alive and in one piece.
I leave for Boot Jan 11 2011…what are some basic like top 5 tips you can give me that are most important. Or anything else thats really important for me to know.
Okay then, here is the Top 5 Tips For Getting Through Navy Boot Camp In One Piece:
5 – Know that this is temporary.
The standard boot camp length is 8 weeks, but even if that is extended due to medical reasons or if you got held back or whatever, this is still temporary.
Don’t perceive the Navy as a whole based on your experiences in boot camp, whether positive or negative. The fleet is a totally different animal than boot camp or A-school or whatever training you will have after graduating boot camp, so blanketing the Navy with what happened at boot camp will make your experience less enjoyable since you’ll miss out on all the cool stuff each phase of your career has to offer.
4 – Write to somebody at least once a week.
I’ve got to say, my time in boot camp was the longest two months of my life! Days seemed like weeks and weeks seemed like months. Conversely, my time in ATT felt like the weeks came fast but the months came slow. I can’t quite explain this weird perception of time, but you’ll understand when you get there.
Anyway, since your stay in boot camp won’t exactly be a weekend getaway in Santa Barbera, I suggest keeping in touch with your folks and friends and significant others with weekly letters. Of course, you could write more if you want to, but I dunno if you’ll have enough time to do that without losing a good portion of sleep.
3 – Get to know your shipmates.
It’s inevitable that you’ll learn a little about some of the people in your division since you’ll be in close proximity to each other for the next two months, even if you’re a Super Hermit Crab. Getting to know everyone will not only help you guys cope with being away from home and getting yelled at and all that fun stuff, but you will probably be more inclined to work together as a division if you knew a bit about who you’re working with.
Take my division for example; we were an all-male division that didn’t get all of the flags or win Battle-E or win Captain’s Cup, but I dare you to find a division that was tighter with each other. Sure, we didn’t know when to shut up, but I’m still friends with damn near everyone in our division on Facebook and even with most of those who got held back. I think that really says something about our sense of brotherhood.
2 – Don’t be a bitch.
Not much to explain here. Just don’t make a scene and don’t quit. If you truely have a problem with something or someone, take it up through your chain-of-command.
1 – Be good to your shipmates.
This is number one for a lot of reasons, but most importantly, it’s one of the main lessons that the RDCs (the Navy equivilent of drill sargeants) are trying to teach you. As I said in one of my earlier N-FAQs, your shipmates will help you out tremendously if you cooperate and accept their help. For example, if you need a second opinion on how your rack’s (bed) set up before an inspection, grab a shipmate so they can have a look through.
As I mentioned in N-FAQs 10, I’m thinking of using usernames & linking to their YouTube channels in future installments of N-FAQs. What do you guys think about that? Would you prefer to remain anonymous or get a shout-out? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
If I do decide to use usernames & link to their YouTube channels, you’ll have to say in your messaged questions if you want to remain anonymous.
Thanks so much for being so patient with me and my erratic upload schedule! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got my work cut out for me this weekend recording & editing a new set of N-FAQs. Hooyah!