A Checklist Of Things To Do Before You Leave For Basic Training

When you are a new recruit, it is mandatory that you go away to basic training. It can be easy to forget some things that need to be done ahead of time. You might remember them later, but it will be too late at that point. These are things that many new recruits forget to do:  You need to take regular postal addresses for anyone that you need to write to while you are away at basic training. Be sure to include enough stamps and envelopes to last you for nine weeks.  Be sure to buy nine weeks worth of pre-paid phone cards. They would probably be more expensive on-base, so buying them ahead of time will save you money.  Do not pack up all of your clothes to take with you. While you are at basic training, you will not use it anyway and you will no doubt lose a lot of weight while you are there, so your clothes won't fit when you get out anyway. Taking one bag with one or two outfits will be sufficient, along with any personal necessities that you might need.  If you are on medication, you should take the original prescription bottles with you when you go to the base. The bottles should have your name on them. You should obtain documentation from your doctor so that you can take it to the base with you.  You will need enough soap, shampoo, razors and deodorant to take with you that will last at least a couple of weeks. You should pack these personal items so that you won't have a problem passing through airport security.  You might want to arrange for a friend or family member to help you with paying your bills while you are away. If this is not possible, then you might want to look into automatic bill pay. If you cancel your cable or satellite television and newspaper subscriptions, you will save money, along with closing out any accounts that you will not use while you are at basic training.  Giving a two-week notice to your current employer will help you to leave on good terms This will be helpful, especially if you need a good reference from them later in life.  When you go to the army base, be sure to take a copy of your recruiting contract. This is something that you should remember throughout your military career.  Ask some of the other men who have been through the basic training for survival advice. On your last night at home, don't go out and party. You should be well-rested and ready for work when you arrive at basic training. (You will not get much rest for a few weeks.)  Finally, and most importantly, be sure to spend some quality time with your family before you leave.  Your recruiter will probably leave you with a checklist to follow. You need to read all of the material that they will give you and be sure to follow important instructions thoroughly. When you arrive at basic training, there won't be an opportunity to remember anything that you might have forgotten. Don't be left without the necessities you will need to get through the next nine weeks. When you are a new recruit, it is mandatory that you go away to basic training. It can be easy to forget some things that need to be done ahead of time. You might remember them later, but it will be too late at that point. These are things that many new recruits forget to do:

You need to take regular postal addresses for anyone that you need to write to while you are away at basic training. Be sure to include enough stamps and envelopes to last you for nine weeks.

Be sure to buy nine weeks worth of pre-paid phone cards. They would probably be more expensive on-base, so buying them ahead of time will save you money.

Do not pack up all of your clothes to take with you. While you are at basic training, you will not use it anyway and you will no doubt lose a lot of weight while you are there, so your clothes won't fit when you get out anyway. Taking one bag with one or two outfits will be sufficient, along with any personal necessities that you might need.

If you are on medication, you should take the original prescription bottles with you when you go to the base. The bottles should have your name on them. You should obtain documentation from your doctor so that you can take it to the base with you.

You will need enough soap, shampoo, razors and deodorant to take with you that will last at least a couple of weeks. You should pack these personal items so that you won't have a problem passing through airport security.

You might want to arrange for a friend or family member to help you with paying your bills while you are away. If this is not possible, then you might want to look into automatic bill pay. If you cancel your cable or satellite television and newspaper subscriptions, you will save money, along with closing out any accounts that you will not use while you are at basic training.

Giving a two-week notice to your current employer will help you to leave on good terms This will be helpful, especially if you need a good reference from them later in life.

When you go to the army base, be sure to take a copy of your recruiting contract. This is something that you should remember throughout your military career.

Ask some of the other men who have been through the basic training for survival advice. On your last night at home, don't go out and party. You should be well-rested and ready for work when you arrive at basic training. (You will not get much rest for a few weeks.)

Finally, and most importantly, be sure to spend some quality time with your family before you leave.

Your recruiter will probably leave you with a checklist to follow. You need to read all of the material that they will give you and be sure to follow important instructions thoroughly. When you arrive at basic training, there won't be an opportunity to remember anything that you might have forgotten. Don't be left without the necessities you will need to get through the next nine weeks.

About the Author: 

Diane Hamments is a freelance author who writes on various subjects including Military Gifts,Collectables and Army Recruits.

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tkim 6 years ago

thank you very helpful.

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