Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training

Book - 2012
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An oral history of basic training in America by a Medal of Honor-winning author of If Not Now, When? explains how the famed eight-week course imparts key physical, mental and disciplinary skills to turn trainees into order-ready soldiers, in an account that also shares historical information, war ditties and informative training manual excerpts.

McMillan Palgrave

There is absolutely nothing in the American experience comparable to basic training or boot camp. If you haven't been through it, you can't understand it.

But if you've been through it, you never forget it.

No matter where they live, all American fighting men and women have one thing in common: They have survived basic military training. They've crawled through the swamps on Parris Island, stood in the frigid cold guarding a Dumpster at Great Lakes, struggled to complete fifteen bars on the horizontal ladder to get to the chow hall at Ft. Jackson, fought desperately to stay awake after long days without sleep at Lackland. They were shaved and screamed at, they barely ate, they marched a hundred miles, and they accomplished things they never would have dreamed were possible. They made the epic journey from civilian to soldier in eight weeks… and gained a lifetime of memories in the process.

If you've done it, you will recognize the Drill Instructors, the marching chants, the movie segments, the proper way to make a hospital corner, the jokes, the camaraderie and the shared feeling of triumph. And those who haven't done it--yet--will understand and appreciate this life-changing experience.

Basic is the story of that training. Col. Jack Jacobs and David Fisher tell the funny, sad, dramatic, poignant, and sometimes crazy history of how America has trained its military, told through the indelible memories of those who remember the experiences as if they happened yesterday.

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Presents a description of basic training in the American military, describing how the eight-week course imparts key physical, mental, and disciplinary skills to turn trainees into order-ready soldiers.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780312622770
Branch Call Number: 355.54 J153b
Characteristics: ix, 308 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fisher, David 1946-


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Fun reading -- collection of "war" stories/annecdotes/memories of boot camp (i.e., basic training) survivors from many miltary branches - 1940s to present. Made me VERY thankful I never had to go through it -- and feel a bit sorry for those who've signed up for the military and undergo the (perhaps harder psychologically than physically) introduction to the armed services!

Interesting, too, to read about how we've progressed (mostly) in integrating racially, religiously, etc.


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