Originally Posted by MikeMH
Stamps and paper/envelopes is okay to bring. Don't worry about bringing a ton because you will get opportunities to go to the px for supplies every few weeks.
They will drill the creed and stuff into you at reception and beyond but you are smart to start working on it now. Only other thing I would suggest is get some good sleep the night or so before you ship and start drinking water now, it will be worse if you show up hungover or tired. Reception is really not that bad, the DS are serious but not usually interested in messing with you unless your group really Fs up (for instance, one group at my reception got destroyed because someone spit on the DS's car...bad juju).
Yeah, hopefully my group doesnt end up like that, i'll do my best to try and be friendly with the people im with.
Originally Posted by jgillchevy
Advice from a retired 11B: You really don't need to bring much; maybe a complete shaving/hygiene kit, some photos of loved ones, and that's about it....pretty much everything else you need will be issued to you or you will be afforded the opportunity to buy at PX.
The most important thing you could bring is a strong, positive, team player state of mind. The main part of basic training is just a big psychological mind game,....their goal is basically to break you down, "delete" a lot of your 'civilian' mentality and reprogram you w/ a military mindset. Depending on how you were brought up and just how much of a "couch potato xbox generation" you are basic training is going to suck, it is designed to,.....you just have to suck it up, or "embrace the suck" as they say in the military. It's very natural for people to be nervous, scared, or anxious of the unknown and the best way to combat those feelings is to maintain a strong 'can-do' state of mind. Makes me think of a quote I saw years ago on a church sign, "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right." The military truly is the premier organization for teaching leadership and no one does it better. I've worked both sides, military and civilian, and the knowledge, abilities, and dedication of military leaders to perform their role far exceeds what I have seen of their civilian counterparts. Like anything else in life it's going to be what YOU make of it,....whether you serve 3 years or 20 plus. The GI bill alone makes service worth it.....not to mention all the life experiences you gain from exposure to so many different people and places. Good luck, stay strong minded, and keep us posted!
I have lead a fairly disciplined life so far thanks to my parents; I work, i pay for my own stuff(most of the time) i clean up behind my self, i make sure my room/truck stays pretty clean whenever possible. I understand that it will suck but im going to go through it with a positive attitude. I'll be fine i think if i do just that.
Originally Posted by burnt_tiger
1. Dont sleep under the covers in your rack, sleep on top in winter PTs or with the woobie. That way you dont have to make the rack in the morning. Just tighten it up and enjoy the extra 5-10 min.
2. If you got a tiny bladder life will suck. Drink tons of water, learn to guzzle water now.
3. Dont bother wearing underwear in basic. The sand will wreak you.
4. Treat all scratches, cuts, ingrown hairs ect ect with hand sanitizer (all they let you have) Use your sewing needle to open up infected areas to treat. Skin infections are very common, take care of your body.
5. Take care of your feet
6. Use Vaseline or coco butter to grease your thighs, gooch, balls, everything that rubs before rucks. (not runs, you will most likely end up in the sand.) And when i say grease up i mean gob it on, cant have to much.
7. Heat rash- scrape hard with ID card, scrub, rinse, repeat (not fun but needed)
8. Get tight with your battle buddy early
9. MREs- avoid the omelet at all costs, Peanut butter packets are like gold.
10. Learn to shovel food, when i was in you had about a minute from when you sat down till you had to get up. Lots of guys didn't finish their food the first week or so.
-most of this doesn't really apply to 30AG
I wasnt expecting the underwear thing or the vaseline thing, everything else was sorta expected.
Thanks again! ._. the omelet MRE will be avoided at all cost.