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How Much Do You Know About Military Boot Camp?
by John Miller
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“This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.” In the Vietnam War movie “Full Metal Jacket,” viewers see that boot camp — also called basic training — is an intense and purposeful part of Army recruit development. What do you really know about United States Armed Forces boot camp?

If war is hell, boot camp is the spark that lights Lucifer’s fire. It’s here that green recruits say farewell to their individuality and learn to embrace a true team spirit. Together, they succeed, and together they fail. New soldiers face extreme scrutiny, embarrassment and sometimes a lot worse. What do you know about the psychological conditioning that’s involved in new soldier acclimatization?

Each phase of basic training is meant to challenge and develop specific attributes in new recruits. Are you familiar with the various phases of boot camp? And do you know how long these phases last? Some new soldiers say that boot camp is a breeze — others suffer in the merciless physical and mental hurdles that these challenges pose.

Drop and give me 20 in this tough boot camp quiz! If you can’t suffer through, maybe it’s because, as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman would say, “You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!”


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