Question by  alex19 (15)

What is boot camp like for US Navy recruits?

My son wants to enlist.


Answer by  invincible (73)

It is not nearly as physically difficult as Hollywood, or the Navy for that matter, would have you believe. The most important things in Navy Boot Camp are attention to detail, teamwork, and traditions. Just make sure he can run 2 miles in 22 minutes and he should be fine.


Answer by  jhonq (37)

Physcally it's very easy. Mostly all you do is run and go to class that teach about naval history. It is a kinder and softer navy than what it used to be. They even have stress cards for new recuits kinda like a time out.


Answer by  Fleshj (403)

Military basic training is a scientifically designed stress test. Basically, boot camp puts the recruits under simulated stress (i.e. yelling, reduced time, confusing directions, lack of sleep, etc) to ensure they will handle the stress of modern military requirement. As such, it is a challenge to get through, but designed so most make it. It's by design a difficult test.


Answer by  patti (29325)

There are several websites that detail boot camp. Your son should get as much info as possible from his recruiter. Preparation is everything.


Answer by  patti (29325)

Basic Military Training (BMT) aka "boot camp," is intended to transform citizens to soldiers. While it is not as brutal as sometimes depicted in film, it is grueling and organized so that each individual can learn what he or she is all about. Not everyone finishes. To graduate BMT is something to be proud of. The USN website has details.


Answer by  Alixis (12)

It's an adjustment! You wake up early in the morning and go to bed late at night. In between, you get three meals a day and lots of exercise!

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