You never forget your time at boot camp. There, you make the transition from civilian to US Military personnel. Whether you were a member of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard, these experiences proved your courage and bonded you with fellow recruits for life.
Who could forget the moment they stepped off of that bus? From that moment forward, you left your civilian life behind to soon become a Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman, or Coastguardsman.
At this point in your training, you probably had a hard time telling a Sergeant from a Staff Sergeant.
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First Phone Call
Getting to talk to your loved ones after so much time had passed was such a relief. Whether you were calling your Mom, a buddy back home, or your significant other, you never wanted that phone call to end!
If you wore glasses back then, you’ll never forget having to wear your ‘birth control’ glasses. Named this way due to their large and somewhat comical appearance, getting contacts might have been a top priority for you.
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Your Drill Sergeants
Everyone remembers their Drill Sergeants, and how they helped shape everyone into respectable Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Coasties, and Airmen. All the yelling, drills, and cleanup they had you do will not soon be forgotten.
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Your Battle Buddy
Not all Vets have had battle buddies, but those who have know that they are a friend for life. You and your assigned friend kept each other accountable and alive throughout basic training, and your shared experiences will never be forgotten.
Boot camp nicknames have been known to be pretty brutal. Anything from Milk Dud to Tweedledee & Tweedledum is not off limits.
If you had a nickname, either during basic traning or later on in your Military career, you can add it to your VetFriends profile so others can find you here.
You know how it happened – ususally one person messed up and you all had to take the fall. Getting smoked was a regular occurence during basic training, and the simplest mistakes (i.e. an unlocked locker) could result in countless push-ups.
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The Gas Chamber
Going to the gas chamber is a rite of passage for all recruits, regardless of their branch. If you went in expecting to defy the odds by not crying, you were quickly proven wrong!
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The day had finally arrived where you got to put on your dress blues and call yourself a true Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman, or Coastguardsman! On top of that, many recruits got to see their loved ones for the first time in months.
You may still look back at your Boot Camp yearbook and remember names and faces you haven’t seen for years. These young men and women were your friends and teammates, and always had your back.
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