N-FAQs 05 – How Many Pushups Can You Do?

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I recorded this N-FAQ on my webcam a couple of weeks ago, back when I still had Phase 2 liberty. Ah, good times…

But anyway, in this week’s episode of N-FAQS, I answer some of your questions about the workout routines that we did back in boot camp!

Question:

hey man , i’ve watched your videos for some time now and i was just wondering if you could answer some questions for me. ok , for example … when you started boot camp, how many pushups could you do? for me, i’m getting really close to the weigh-in cutoff point but my upperbody strength kinda sucks compared to my body size, so i can only do a couple of pushups. i know what they expect out of you to pass the tests but i just need a frame of reference for going in. thanks dude and congrats!

Response:

When I first started boot camp, I could only do 20 pushups in 2 minutes. Now, I can do at least 42 in that time frame!
Don’t worry; the RDCs will work with you if you need extra help, and their niceness will depend on your motivation to do more.

I still have two more N-FAQs already recorded that I’ll be uploading soon in addition to newer material, so this is an opportune time to send me your questions either via message, comment. or video response!

Since I’m getting very close to my ATT graduation date, I’ll be working extra-hard to graduate earlier than the 22nd of November (I’d like to graduate sometime this week). This means that my uploading schedule might get a little irregular, although weekends are usually a good time for me to upload things (or during the week while I’m sleeping).

TheAndySan

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N-FAQs 04 – To Join Or Not To Join

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I recorded this N-FAQ on my webcam several weeks ago, back when I first got Phase 2 liberty. Ah, good times…

But anyway, in this week’s episode of N-FAQS, I answer some of your questions about whether or not to even join the Navy!

Question:

Hey I have a personal question. I am currently enrolled in college I am recently a HS graduate and I live with my mom. I am thinking about dropping out of college to join the Navy because I feel it would be more beneficial and also I want to get out of my living situation (my mom moves to the point where it effect my life and I don’t get along with her).

I also want a chance away from family because they are affecting me negatively as well (considering whether or not to be estranged). I also don’t want to take any loans out (which i would have to do if I stay in college)

Please give me your advice and do you think going to the Navy is a good idea?

Response:

I think that joining the Navy is a great idea, but you have to be extremely motivated in order to get anywhere around here. If not, then not only will you not get promoted or be eligible for reenlistment (which can affect your future employment), you could get discharged.

This is gonna sound strange, but you will miss your parents after being away from them for awhile. I trust that you’ve seen some of my older videos where I’m frustrated with what my parents were doing to me; all that petty stuff became irrelevant for the most part when I joined the Navy and left for boot camp. Does that mean that the Navy fixed my problems at home? No, not really. It was simply being outside of the parental bubble that allowed time and a phone call or two to fix things up, not to mention weekly letters and now emails.

Also, if you don’t like to move, then the military might not be for you. Although there is a consistency here so you won’t be totally lost, the only true constant in the Navy is change. Whether that means changing barracks here on base (which I had to do on Wednesday) or going to a whole new command, you have to accept that change is inevitable and be motivated to learn how things work and where things are (like the NEX and the galley).

It’s good that you don’t want to take loans out; although the Navy doesn’t like Sailors to have debt, they do have programs that can help you out if you do have debt.

The most important thing you have to realize about the Navy is that it’s a commitment. It’s not a job or a quick way out. It’s a commitment to yourself, your shipmates, your country, your friends, and yes, even your family.

Thanks for the email and I hope to hear from you again!

I still have two more N-FAQs already recorded that I’ll be uploading before I upload newer material, so this is an opportune time to send me your questions either via message, comment. or video response!

Since I’m getting very close to my ATT graduation date, I’ll be working extra-hard to graduate on time (November 16th is looking to be a very likely date). This means that my uploading schedule might get a little irregular, although weekends is usually a good time for me to upload things (or while I’m sleeping).

TheAndySan

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Chicago Street Saxophonist Plays Anchors Aweigh

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Here’s a quick sneak-peak clip of my upcoming Life In… video where I go through downtown Chicago.

I saw this street saxophonist earlier and didn’t realize that he was playing Anchors Aweigh until I had passed by him, so after my shipmates and I finished eating Giordano’s Pizza (which was AWESOME!!), we went back and recorded him playing Anchors Aweigh and then gave him some change in kind.

Like I said in my previous video, I won’t be able to edit together everything that we did until I get my laptop mailed out to me, but trust me; it will be EPIC!! Stay tuned!!

TheAndySan

N-FAQs 03 – Boot Camp Q&A

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In this week’s episode of N-FAQS, I answer some of your questions about Navy boot camp!

Question 1: How much money do u get after boot camp?

Response: It all depends on your rank and how much you spend, but I had about $1,500 right after boot camp.


Question 2: Do they make y’all eat fast?

Response: Depends on your definition of “fast”. Normally, we’d get about 15-20 minutes to eat.

My suggestion would be to pick soft foods as you spend less time chewing them (bananas over apples). Speaking of which, bananas are an excellent choice because they give you an energy boost and help with muscle fatigue. I’d usually grab two at a time whenever they were available.

Also, hydration and overall health are paramount so I’d suggest grabbing two glasses for every meal: one for water and one for either orange juice or cranberry juice. Seriously, it’ll save you unnecessary trips to medical and hassle in general.


Question 3: How much do they make y’all run?

Response: They progressively make you run more during PT time and it’ll be really intimidating when you first look at it, but by the time you get to that point, your body will be well-adjusted to it and it won’t be much of a problem.

They do make you march a lot, but I think that helps with the running.


Question 4: What is the lowest u can get on the ASVAB and get in the navy?

Response: That depends on what you want to do, but I’d say if you got a 70 or higher, you can pretty much get whatever job they have available. If they offer you the nuke test, take it because it’ll open up even more opportunities for you.

For instance, even though I failed the nuke test (by only 2 points, dammit!), I believe that me taking it and almost passing gave me the rate & benefits I have now. Accelerated advancement is a beautiful thing, my friend!


Life In…Series Is Coming Back!

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading out with a couple of shipmates from my boot camp division to downtown Chicago to see the sights!

Since I finally have my new camera, a Sanyo Xacti SH-1, I’ll be recording material for an upcoming Life In… episode. However, I can’t edit it because I don’t have my main laptop with me to edit videos. Heck, my netbook can’t even really play HD videos, much less edit them, but that’s not why I bought it.

Anyway, my laptop’s being mailed out to me so I’ll be able to start working on them soon. Stay tuned!!

TheAndySan

Vlog 33 – Happy Belated 4-Year YouTube Anniversary

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Unbeknownst to me, Vlog 32 was released on my 4-year YouTube Anniversary and I forgot to talk about it! Whoops!

I can’t believe that it’s been four years since I signed up for YouTube! A lot has changed in that time, and I hope that the quality of my videos has gone up with the times.

In the near future, I plan on getting an HD camcorder so that you guys can see me in HD as well as the surrounding areas. I’m also planning on continuing to vlog while I’m in the Navy and in Japan as much as I can and hopefully let you guys in on the scenery.

Well, it’s been fun looking back on these past four years. Here’s to many more!

TheAndySan