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Dressed to Sweat

Recruits pick up their uniforms at Basic Training. They also receive Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) and PT (Physical Training) uniforms.

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Lead from the Front

Lead from the Front

A Marine officer prepares to lead his unit on a desert training mission.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
  • Officer
Pugil Stick Battle

Pugil Stick Battle

Army National Guard recruits fight with pugil sticks during Basic Combat Training (BCT).

  • Army National Guard
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Knee Deep

Knee Deep

A recruit moves through water during a Basic Training obstacle course.

  • Army
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Ready, Aim, Fire

Ready, Aim, Fire

An Army National Guard recruit learns how to fire his rifle and protect himself during a Basic Combat Training (BCT) exercise.

  • Army National Guard
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Who Needs a Front Door?

Who Needs a Front Door?

An Army National Guard recruit trains for an urban mission during a Basic Combat Training (BCT) exercise.

  • Army National Guard
  • Training
  • Enlisted
From Civilian to Soldier

From Civilian to Soldier

During Basic Training, drill sergeants instruct recruits in the Seven Core Army Values and teach the recruits how to be Soldiers.

  • Army
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Working with Local Governments

Working with Local Governments

Members of the Army National Guard perform a sweep on a bus during a training exercise.

  • Army National Guard
  • Training
  • Enlisted, Officer
Becoming a Marine Officer

Becoming a Marine Officer

Marine officers are committed to serving the Marine Corps and the United States.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
  • Officer
A Sense of Achievement

A Sense of Achievement (02:18)

Recent graduates of Basic Training look back on their experiences.

  • Army
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Ship to Shore

Ship to Shore

Marines disembark from a landing craft and prepare to move inland for an exercise.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
  • Enlisted
On the Ropes

On the Ropes

Recruits participate in a ropes course, which helps them develop agility that can be useful in a combat situation.

  • Army
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Week 1: Receiving Recruit View

Week 1: Receiving Recruit View (01:01)

Upon arrival, Marine recruits receive their first instruction from a drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C.

  • Marine Corps
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Inside Navy Boot Camp

Inside Navy Boot Camp (05:14)

Take a step-by-step tour of Navy Boot Camp at Great Lakes Recruit Training Depot to discover how recruits transform into Sailors.

  • Navy, Navy Reserve
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Navy Officer Candidate School - Arrival

Navy Officer Candidate School - Arrival (01:23)

Officer candidates arrive at the Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Naval Station Newport in Newport, R.I., to begin their training and education.

  • Navy
  • Training
  • Officer
Week 1: Receiving Drill Instructor View

Week 1: Receiving Drill Instructor View (00:53)

Drill instructors guide recruits through receiving, as the recruits begin their transformation into United States Marines.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
  • Enlisted
From Zero to Sixty

From Zero to Sixty (01:10)

Sabrena, a member of the Air National Guard, shares her experiences in Basic Military Training and technical training.

  • Air National Guard
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Week 11: The Crucible Planks Course

Week 11: The Crucible Planks Course (00:46)

During The Crucible, the final part of Marine Corps Basic Recruit Training, recruits complete a plank exercise.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
  • Enlisted

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