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Old 05-08-2009, 10:07 PM
Erm Erm is offline
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Default Considering enlistment

I'm not quite sure whether or not this is the thing for me.

My older brother and me are similar, we're both high school drop-outs; but he enlisted years ago, went to Iraq, and then came back. He tells me that the benefits of service have helped him a lot.

From seeing how he has been successful upon coming home, I'm thinking that this might be a good option for me. I'm 17, 6 foot 8ish, and like 170 lbs. My largest concern with joining is Basic Training. I have no qualms about being away from family and friends for a long time, I'm just not sure how I would do.

Can someone give me an overview of Basic Training in regards to PT and how strict it is? Is it anything like a juvenile boot camp in the physical and yelling aspects?

Maybe if someone could list how a typical day goes, I'd appreciate it.

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Old 05-09-2009, 05:40 AM
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See if this helps -

[url]http://www.army.com/enlist/basic-training.html[/url]

Ask your brother about it & get it first hand & personal. There are a few on this site who have recently gone through BCT & AIT or OSUT. Maybe they'll see this & give you a more specific answer. Just bear in mind that millions have gone through it so it certainly isn't a unique experience.

I'd advise getting a GED & 15 college credits before enlisting. That would be equivalent to a H.S. diploma in the Army's eyes. At this time the Army isn't recruiting many GEDs or non- H.S.

You waited too long to think about enlisting. Now you have the competition of those who are graduating from H.S & college. Things have really tightened up. The ASVAB score has been raised, there's the H.S. requirement, bonuses have been cut or eliminated, MOS choice is down to just a few & many other changes just from a month or two ago. Recruiters & the Army can be very picky in enlisting new recruits at this time.

I suggest working on your GED this summer. The army might go back to the more relaxed standards this fall & winter. Ideally you'd get the GED + 15 for the maximum benefits. Worry more about being allowed to enlist than what BCT entails.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:25 AM
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Yup after you get your GED you must have the 15 college credit hours to enlist.I was jus stoped because I dont have the 15 hours.Best of luck to you.
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