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post #1 of 97 (permalink) Old 08-08-2005, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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Well ive decided to enlist in the army. School isnt going well and ive got a drug problem so i figure this will be best for me. Both my dad and stepdad were in the army so i am some what aware what army life is like. I dont think there will be any doubt that i will be deployed over seas but , im not gonna say that im ready for it cause i would have no idea what im talkin about, but i think it will be a life changing event. Now i just wanted some insight on the life of an enlistee, what to expect, tips , or any info you can give me.

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post #2 of 97 (permalink) Old 08-08-2005, 01:50 AM
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I can't give you any tips... but I just wanted to say:


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Congrats on a fine decision. In my case, it was the best thing I've ever done.

As for tips, I know that things have changed quite a bit since I was in just after Vietnam; but, one thing that will happen is they will attempt to take your individualism away in boot camp. Let them. Do not fight it. Become part of the team and it's much easier to move on. After basic, you will be allowed to show individualism again.

Stand out in basic and you will be singled out.


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Basic isn't to bad. Just know that you will not start basic when you ship off. You will go to a processing center first which could take a couple days to almost a month. I know they forgot to tell me that when I joined. My only advise is don't ever smile when the drill sergeant is yelling at you or anybody else. Bad, bad, bad idea. Just trust me on that one.

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Congrats a hundred times over. Having the self pride of knowing that you answered the call to defend your country is one of the best feelings and it is someting that NO ONE can take from you.

The only tips I have is, the first chance you get to cross train into the Air Force take it! ha ha just kiding. The best advice that was given to me by my father (USMC) was to remember that as soon as you figure out the answers, they change the question. That didn't make sense until I got to Basic, but you will understand once you're there. Just do what is asked of you and keep in mind basic is designed to be hard. They push you to your limits and beyond but it is all done for a reason. Like it was said in the previous post, teamwork is they key. Not only in basic but throughout your enlistment/career. Also, it doesn't matter what you do, you will have some crazy ass mofo in your face screaming about anything. Just listen to what they are going off about, not only when they are in your face but when some other poor guy is getting it and learn from it. The whole point of basic is to break you down so they can build you back up into a solider. I'm not sure about the Army way of life, but I know in the AF, the post basic/tech school AF is a million times different from the life while you're going through all your training. So while you're lying in bed after a few nights in basic and questioning your decision to join, remember there is light at the end of the tunnel and the grass is much,much greener on the other side.

What career field did you pick and do you know where you will be going to basic?

Again, congrats and good luck.


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Its all mental... The physical portion of it will sort itsself out so dont worry bout that... The mind games are easy to overcome just let it go over your head and dont take it personal. If you do the Drill Seargents will pound you mercilessly... Dont go in as a know it all let them train you in whatever way they see fit in the long run youll be better off for it... Finally remember it will end soon enough and AIT (Advanced Infantry Training) is alot easier.......


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^^ Yeah definitely. Id say basic is 99% Mental 1% Physical. You do the activity so much that it eventually becomes no big deal. Push-ups Sit-ups two mile run are simple as cake by the end.

Everyone always said dont volunteer for anything but I found it best to volunteer. Sure you got stuck sometimes doing shitty work but half the time whoever volunteered got sent to do the easy job while all the slacks who didnt volunteer got stuck edging the entire batallion with their e-tool. In any case I had a blast at basic. Met so many different people and learned a lot about myself. I just finsied up 8 years in the National Guard, although I didnt make it a career if you enjoy it then Id suggest sticking out the 20yrs For me I had some personal and work issues that made it so the 8yrs was the most I could do.
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ive got a drug problem
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what kind of drug problem and how bad is it? If you don't want to post it in public you can PM me if you like.

You need to consider 2 things: testing positive for narcotics (even if you took them before you report, they may show up a while later) can cause you major problems in the military. Especially if you need to gain any kind of clearance for your MOS. It would suck if you think you're signing up to be a computer or intel guy but can't get cleared so you end up an 11B, and an 11B with a nice big black mark in your records that will follow you around. Not that there's anything wrong with the infantry....

second thing: if this "drug problem" is any kind of addiction, especially if it's more than just smoking a lot of weed, you're going to have serious problems if you think that basic is going to be a substitute for addiction treatment and therapy. I can't imagine going through basic, AND withdrawl. Basic is quite a bit of psychological stress. As is getting over and addiction. Dealing with both at the same time could be absolutely disastrous for both your military career AND your recovery.

But that all depends on what kind of "drug problem" you have.
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post #9 of 97 (permalink) Old 08-08-2005, 10:12 AM
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if you can make sure you wont go to iraq then maybe...


but its not that bad..... your body is gonna hurt like it never has, but its more mental like these people said.


maing thing is listen to every word your told, dont smart off as bad as you may want too.... everything should be over before you know it.

and have fun!!!!! yes you will be in pain sometimes, but it is fun and you learn a crap load of usefull stuff.


if you do this, i wish you luck and pay attention, every lil detail counts... and some things wont make sence but trust me they will at one point..



good luck!


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My advice. Join me and Zoomer in the USAF


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