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The US military famously operates under the
motto, “The more you sweat in training, the less you’ll bleed in war”. Its boot camps thus reflect that ideology,
and overall, it sports some of the most difficult basic training that recruits anywhere in the
world face. While most nations have basic training, or
boot camps, for new recruits, few take the time to as thoroughly indoctrinate new recruits
and weed out bad ones as the US does. And with good reason, with the cost of fully
training and equipping a soldier running in the hundreds of thousands, and supporting
that soldier costing as much as 1.4 million during war time, it is imperative that anyone
who is not a good fit for service is drummed out as quickly as possible. Yet of the five services, what is the toughest
boot camp of them all? Today, we’re gonna dive into boot camp for
all five US military services and find out. 5. Air Force The Air Force has long been derided as the
‘chair force’ by the other services, yet without these armchair warriors, soldiers, sailors,
and marines would find themselves at the mercy of enemy aircraft, without communications
due to enemy hacking and jamming, and all but blind to the movement of the enemy. The Air Force prides itself on one thing-
being the most technologically advanced fighting force on the planet. It’s air and space assets are legendarily
cutting edge, and no military service anywhere on earth fields as much advanced technology
as the Air Force. With its focus on technology, the Air Force
focuses its basic training on discipline and focus. Every single Air Force recruit has had the
words “attention to detail” drilled into their heads, and for good reason- when you’re
working on a multi-million dollar aircraft, or a space asset that costs tens of millions
of dollars to launch, a single loose bolt or misplaced nut can destroy the asset and
jeopardize the mission. Because of the massive amount of combat data
that the Air Force is responsible for, and the sheer importance of its air and space
assets, a lack of attention to detail can jeopardize battlefield success in a way that
no other branch can match. Air Force basic training consists of eight
and a half weeks, and as any other branch starts with the infamous buzzcut haircut. You’ll be saying goodbye to your luxurious
locks of hair, and hello to a freshly buzzed head. From there you will focus mostly on academics,
with classes on topics such as the Law of Armed Conflict, Self Aid and Buddy Care, Leadership,
Nuclear Biological and Chemical Training, and Joint Warfare. This doesn’t mean that you’ll be exempt from
the infamous physical training of other branches, and you can expect an hour of morning exercise
starting at 0500 hours every day, followed by a long day of drill and classes. 4. Coast Guard The US Coast Guard is often overlooked, yet
it too is a vital branch of the US military. The mission of the Coast Guard is all in the
name, they are responsible for policing US maritime claims, and this can mean everything
from regulating ship traffic in and out of some of the world’s busiest seaports, to chasing
drug smugglers across the high seas. In wartime the Coast Guard is also called
upon to supplement the US Navy, and is primarily responsible for safeguarding American shores
while the Navy projects power overseas. Yet you might be surprised to find out that
the Coast Guard has often seen combat, and it was an American Coast Guard vessel that
spotted and fixed the location of the infamous German Battleship Bismark and sealed her fate
during World War II. During peacetime the Coast Guard is also who
you’ll be calling for if your ship runs into problems while far from shore, and there are
few jobs in the world more dangerous than that of Coast Guard rescue divers- specially
those that operate in the infamous Bering Sea in Alaska. Coast Guard training is meant to prepare you
for the realities of living in a ship, which means living in close quarters with a dozen
or more people. Teamwork is number one in the Coast Guard,
and their training is focused on teaching recruits to resolve interpersonal conflicts
and cooperate to achieve the task at hand. Coast Guard trainees must also be prepared
to man Cutters and Destroyers, during both peacetime and wartime patrols, and thus their
training prepares them for service on warships of different sizes. Lasting 8 weeks, you’ll be immediately thrust
into team-building exercises. In Week two you’ll start your physical training,
starting by running a mile, and then begin training to pass your swimming assessment. You’ll eventually be required to jump off
an elevated platform into icy cold water and swim 100 meters and then tread water for five
minutes without a break in order to pass your training. The rest of your weeks will focus on learning
how to navigate the world of the US military, as well as classes in basic first aid and-
you guessed it- teamwork. 3. US Army The Navy will get you there. The Air Force will keep you safe and crush
the enemy from the sky. The Marines will kick open the door. But when it comes time to win a war, it’s
the US Army you call on. The US Army trains for one thing and one thing
only- how to fight and defeat the largest militaries in the world. The original grunts, Army soldiers operate
the vast fleets of tanks, armored vehicles, attack helicopters, and artillery that make
up the world’s most powerful fighting force. Army Basic Training lasts ten weeks and is
focused on building individual self-discipline and turning civilians into soldiers capable
of holding the line against everything from enemy infantry to heavy armor. Basic Combat Training is thus divided into
three phases, Red, White, and Blue, each phase meant to evolve the competency of the recruit
on their way to becoming a soldier. In Red phase you’ll learn how to operate as
a team by being given impossible tasks meant to encourage teamwork. You’ll also receive classroom training on
military etiquette and topics such as race relations to fully integrate soldiers into
the active army. You’ll be doing extensive parade drill meant
to instill strict discipline, as well as daily PT to continuously improve your physical fitness. Unarmed combat and training with pugil sticks
will follow, and you’ll be introduced to the basics of the M4 or M16 assault rifle. Finally you’ll culminate with a trip to the
gas chamber to learn how to properly protect yourself during nuclear, biological and chemical
attacks. In the White phase you’ll be introduced to
crew served weapons such as the M.50 caliber machine gun and the Mk-19 automatic grenade
launcher. You’ll also be spending a large amount of
time at the firing range, becoming proficient with the M4 or M16, and you’ll eventually
be required to qualify on the weapon by hitting 28 out of 40 targets. In Blue phase you’ll be spending a lot of
time out in the field, training to operate in simulated forward deployed bases and learning
basic land navigation. A highlight of Blue phase will be a field
training exercise, or FTX, where drill sergeants take a back seat and allow the platoon and
squad leaders to navigate a combat scenario on their own, complete with simulated fire. An unsatisfactory performance here can see
you redoing your week of training and denied advancement. 2. US Navy The US Navy operates the most advanced fleet
in the world, and as such places high standards on its recruits. Rising from the ashes of Pearl Harbor in World
War II, the US Navy rallied from that crushing defeat and destroyed one of the greatest naval
powers in the world. To the Navy it is a matter of personal pride
that no enemy ever set foot on the mainland US, or on the territory of its allies Canada
and Mexico. Its fleets have ensured that any war has always
been fought far from home, and its air power alone is as powerful as that of entire nations. For the Navy, teamwork and attention to detail
both are vital. Not only must recruits handle the pressures
of working alongside hundreds of others in the tight confines of a modern warship, but
they must maintain a level of focus critical to success while handling the high technology
assets of its various ships, subs, and planes- all while operating far from home and in potentially
dangerous seas. Navy boot camp has a strong emphasis on physical
training, and lasts eight weeks all spent on the chilly shores of Lake Michigan. Recruits are immediately tested on their swimming
ability, and any who fail to pass minimum standards are sidelined from their training
and forced to undergo intensive swimming instruction, which can add to their overall stay in boot
camp. Physical fitness is vital for the US Navy,
specially due to the fact that its sailors routinely operate in an environment where
they could find themselves swimming for their lives at a moment’s notice. As with the other branches you’ll be undergoing
many hours of classroom instruction- though perhaps not as much as the Air Force. You’ll also be undertaking confidence and
team-building exercises meant to teach you to be confident in the face of danger and
work together with men and women who were just recently complete strangers. You’ll undergo simulated shipboard disasters
and undergo training on a land-bound training ship to learn the ins and outs of a war vessel. You’ll also move to the firing range and learn
how to operate the M16 or M4 rifle and the 12-gauge shotgun. One thing that sets navy training apart from
the other services is the extensive amount of firefighting training that you’ll undergo. With fire being a fighting ship’s most dangerous
enemy, you’ll undergo training to extinguish fires in a variety of situations, as well
as how to navigate and escape smoke-filled compartments. You’ll be expected to keep your cool under
pressure, an ability which will be tested to the breaking point in week 7’s Battle Stations
drills. Here you’ll undergo 12 different scenarios
which will test all of your learned skills to date, with you and your team being graded
on each. Failure means you will be forced to undergo
additional training, and success leads to graduation. 1. US Marine Corps From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores
of Tripoli; we fight our country’s battles, on the land as on the sea. So goes The Marine’s Hymn, and highlights
the diverse battlefields under which American Marines have historically fought, and won
battles on. The US Marine Corps is the world’s premier
expeditionary force, tasked with bringing heavy amounts of American firepower in a very
quick matter, to anywhere in the world. While it’s the US Army that wins wars, it’s
typically the Marines who kick open the door to allow them to do so, specializing in amphibious
assault operations meant to take and hold hostile beaches so friendly forces can land
and carry the battle inland. Lasting twelve weeks, Marine basic training
is the most physically demanding of the five services, and this is reflected in the day-one
focus on physical fitness. Split up into three phases, in phase one you’ll
undergo a very rapid transition from civilian to Marine recruit, undergoing intense physical
training and being introduced to the M16 or M4 assault rifle. The Marines believe that “every Marine is
a rifleman”, meaning that no matter what your job ends up being in the corps, from
medical to services, or mechanic, you are expected to maintain proficiency in the M16
and M4 assault rifles, which means a lot of time spent on the range. In Phase two you’ll undergo further training
in hand-to-hand combat, and focus on mastering your marksmanship abilities. You’ll spend most of your time either at the
range or in field training exercises, and will inevitably end up thrown into a gas chamber
for nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare training. Phase two will culminate in the Crucible,
a 54 hour event where you’ll march 45 miles and be denied food and sleep. In your final phase you’ll undergo swim qualification
training, and much like the navy failure here will mean additional training or a failure
to graduate. You’ll also undergo drill and first aid training,
as well as classroom training on Marine Corps history and values. What do you think is the toughest thing about
boot camp- the physical or mental aspects? Have you ever been through one of these boot
camps? Have you been through boot camp in another
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