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Marine Corps Drill Instructor

A drill instructor stands in front of recruits, ready to give orders.

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Following the Company Commander

Following the Company Commander (04:09)

Seaman Recruit Heather Bevel describes what the first week of Coast Guard Basic Training is like.

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Hitting the Books

Hitting the Books

Basic Training isn't just about building physical strength and endurance. Recruits must also spend time in the classroom.

  • Army
  • Training
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Week 6: BEAST Training

Week 6: BEAST Training (06:29)

During Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills Training (BEAST), Air Force recruits deploy to the BEAST Encampment and live in the field environment for five days applying the skills they have learned in past weeks of Basic Military Training.

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From Boy to Man

From Boy to Man (03:15)

Seaman Recruit Cliff Boon reflects on how much he's accomplished during Coast Guard Basic Training.

  • Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve
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Making a Drill Instructor

Making a Drill Instructor (02:34)

At Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Sgt. Melissa Esquivel trains to become a Marine Corps drill instructor.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
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Sure Shots

Sure Shots

Army National Guard recruits learn how to fire automatic weapons during the later stages of Basic Combat Training (BCT).

  • Army National Guard
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An All-Around Workout

An All-Around Workout

During Army Basic Training, recruits develop endurance, strength and flexibility.

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Week 6: Rappelling Recruit View

Week 6: Rappelling Recruit View (00:39)

Recruits learn rappelling to prepare them to deploy from helicopters, navigate difficult terrain and gain access to buildings.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Training at the Rifle Range

Training at the Rifle Range (01:02)

Marine Corps recruits at Parris Island, S.C., practice marksmanship during Recruit Training.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
  • Training
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Rappelling Recruits

Rappelling Recruits

A drill sergeant shows recruits how to attach a belay harness so they can begin rappelling.

  • Army
  • Training
  • Enlisted
Week 7: Grass Week Recruit View

Week 7: Grass Week Recruit View (00:33)

Recruits learn the basics of weapons safety and marksmanship during grass week.

  • Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve
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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
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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.

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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.

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