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#57347 - 09/17/04 10:20 AM Wooo, The Marines!
Foxy_Ramirez Offline


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I wasn't really sure where I should post this message, so I figured general would be the best spot. I'm soon to be going into basic training (I'm currently in a delayed training program) and I would like to see if anybody could give me any advice from a Satanist stand-point. Thanks to anybody that replies.
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#57348 - 09/17/04 10:56 AM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Shut up and just go with the flow. You will find that those Drill Instructors are not only evil but funny as hell too.

Have fun with it and don't give up, it is only 3 months of semi-hell.
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#57349 - 09/17/04 11:14 AM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
Wiley Offline
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Registered: 06/12/04
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As Discipline said, it's best to keep quiet and go with the flow. Despite urges to try to rise above the herd, basic training is one place where it's best to be like everyone else and remain below the radar of the DIs. Don't draw attention to yourself.

Good luck, and remember it is a big mind game. If you play along you'll have a lot more fun.

Hail Satan!
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#57350 - 09/17/04 11:38 AM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Like I told my son 4 years ago. Say yes sir, No sir, Thank you sir, and keep your nose clean.

It is only a few months that you have to go through the herds idea of hell and then you will be off to training school. As my son said things got much better after boot camp. He just got out of the service with an honorable discharge. He was a Staff Sergeant when he left. He has a good career ahead of him and he can still use his GI loan for College classes.

Just set back and take their crap for a while and then you will be out of there and off to a new place. Playing the game on the outside while being who you are on the in. Good luck
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#57351 - 09/17/04 01:02 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Hehe. My advice to you is, when you go to Iraq, learn how to walk on your four or you may get shot on your head. I really hope you don't. Good luck, you'll need it out there.
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#57352 - 09/17/04 01:30 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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And don't laugh when they do funny shit. They ALWAYS do that when you are in formation at attention.

Mind your business, and your battle buddies business. Take care of each other, and keep yourselves squared away.

Basic is hell, and it's fun all at the same time. Take nothing personally, and don't get hurt. Take care of your feet.
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#57353 - 09/17/04 02:56 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Loc: The Levant
When it will look like hell - remember it's not.

Be easy-going with your teammates and try as best you can to get along with them, get to know them and what makes them move, in basic training you also help yourself by helping others.

don't get mad in front of your commanders, watch your language when you speak with them, make a cautious choice of words at all times.

everytime they ask for a volunteer, do volunteer.
I just loved that part when asked us "volunteers, raise hands" and they ordered us all to volunteer.

don't be lazy.

be polite but don't be a sucker.

don't laugh when other soldiers say or do something funny (or plain silly), think about something sad or anything that can make you serious (but don't, ever, lose concentration at what the commander is saying).

If you feel like you're gonna fall asleep in the middle of a lecture, check in with your commanders if it is okay that you wash your face with water from your canteen and drink from it.

don't act like a big shot and get too much ahead of your commanders. showing you're intelligent is one thing, passing their orders are another. it works on both ways - don't act like a small minded and ask permission about everything.

don't take it too heavy if and when they scream at you or if you fail at something, try to improve next time and try to motivate\manipulate your team to do the same.

most chances you'll look back and laugh at a lot of things you've found irritating and obnoxious about basic.'

get up at least 10-15 minutes before wake-up and get ready for action.

don't play with your weapons. it ain't a toy.

even whole months can simply fly by without notice in the military.

If you have a problem, don't be ashamed to turn to your commander.

and finally - do your best to have fun! it's a building experience.
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#57354 - 09/17/04 06:11 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Mekhet]
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don't play with your weapons. it ain't a toy.





During my bt when a drill instructor saw you playing with your weapon he would declare it dead and order you to dig a grave for it a few metres deep. The whole platoon would stand at attention while you put the weapon in and covered it up after which you would have to dig it up again and clean it within an impossible timeframe, The tasks he would think of if you didnt make it in time (which you wouldnt) were unpleasant to say the least

When marching long distances and you think you are not able to make it remember theres a hot shower awaiting you at the end. A hot shower is better then an orgasm when youve crossed your limits.

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#57355 - 09/17/04 06:16 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Felstorm]
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Take care of your feet.




Above else, this is the most important thing you can do. Your feet are your best friend; well, next to your weapon. Take care of them at all costs. I've seen some pretty freaky shit in boot - guys with holes so deep in the soles of their feet you could see bone. *Always wear your shower shoes.*
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#57356 - 09/17/04 06:51 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Elend]
Mekhet Offline


Registered: 09/13/04
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Loc: The Levant
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The tasks he would think of if you didnt make it in time (which you wouldnt) were unpleasant to say the least




I can imagine.. been there, done that...

I for one, didn't play with my rifle. I found smoking cigarettes as a better activity than that. so whenever I had the chance you'd see me with a smoke somewhere, it became so often that the rest of my platoon started to call me after my then-favourite brand - "winston"

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When marching long distances and you think you are not able to make it remember theres a hot shower awaiting you at the end. A hot shower is better then an orgasm when youve crossed your limits.




God, that is so true.....
although hot water are a rare feel in the army!
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#57357 - 09/17/04 06:53 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Knocko]
Mekhet Offline


Registered: 09/13/04
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Loc: The Levant
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*Always wear your shower shoes.*




I once entered the showers and noted this to a soldier from another team, after he walked there barefooted... at one breakfest he told me nothing happened to him but he'll start wearing them from now on because what I said simply spooked the jesus out of him.
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#57358 - 09/18/04 03:10 AM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Registered: 09/12/04
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Three rules will get you through Basic:

1. Do what you are told.
2. Do what you are told.
3. Goddamnit, do what you are told! (and do it as fast as you can.)

It's all a head game, just play along! Where are you going after Basic Training? I went to a light infantry unit (7th ID), which was more physically demanding than Basic was. Wouldn't trade it for anything.

Best of luck to you!
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#57359 - 09/18/04 11:03 AM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Okay, you're in the DEP. Congratulations on your choice. Now, since you are not technically in, you should start getting prepared. Ask your recruitment officer to provide you with printed and signed documents showing you what job you were promised. Get everything in writing. I can't stress that enough: GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING! The last thing you want is to go in with a strong head, but then wind up disollusioned with the Marine Corps because you were referred to a different job. Make the Corps work for you.

Next, get in shape. Really in shape. You have no idea how much you will be glad you did. Run a LOT! Do a LOT of arm work. You will not want to make training longer than the 13 weeks. There is something called the PCP, short for Physical Conditioning Platoon. The fatter recruits who can't meet the physical standards to begin training go here. Those unfortunate to be in the PCP will, well, be physically conditioned! They will run your fat sorry little ass off. Ever hear the term Pork Chop Platoon? That's the same thing.

Tell your family to keep the letters coming. Tell them to send you stamps and envelopes. Tell your sexy girlfriend/boyfriend NOT to send nude pictures. Tell people to tell you ahead of time if they will send you a box, and tell them to tell you what it is. All packages are opened before the entire platoon.

Sleep will be your best friend when in training. But heres a tip: The first two or three days in San Diego, you will NOT sleep. They will keep your ass up doing paperwork. Stay up. Stay awake. Stay alert. The nights before, when you go to wherever it is they take you to do the final evaluations (medical, etc.) do NOT stay awake. SLEEP as much as you can before you go to basic.

Okay, you've heard a lot of shit about the Drill Instructors, haven't you? Forget it. Those mean fuckers will scream at you, make you do physically demanding tasks, and intimidate the shit out of you. Ride with it. If you want to be a leader, then emphasize to your other recruits what the Drill Instructors are saying. Run faster, clean your boots, make your bed, etc. --HELP your recruit buddies. This will both make you look good, and your platoon look good.

Keep in mind that the Drill Instructors can't hurt you. They're not allowed to hurt you.

You WILL hate the Drill Instructors. They WILL scare the shit out of you. But don't let it get to you. People scream, people scream, people scream. Just do what they say and you'll be fine. Keep this in mind: They hate to be called Drill Sargeants. That's Army. Call them Drill Instructor Staff Sargeant So and So. Call them by their full name.

Your Senior Drill Instructor will be like the father type. He will take care of you. He will be the one who calls off the other Drill Instructors when he thinks you've had enough. Oh yeah, that's another thing. You don't have only one Drill Instructor. It will be more like three or four. Each with his own purpose. But the Senior Drill Instructor will drive you the hardest. Do not underestimate him.

There will be new names for everything:

Toothbrush: Fang Brush
Pen: Ink Stick

And so forth. Get used to it.

DO NOT, I repeat NOT, SPIT ON THE GROUND! Wait until someone does and watch the Drill Instructors come running to get his ass. That training ground is sacred to Marines. It is where countless Marines were trained and sent off to war. People came before you here to prepare to defend your country. Have respect.

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Some people might call the Marines unSatanic. That they're group ethic is against Satanic thought. Fuck them.

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#57360 - 09/18/04 11:14 AM Feet [Re: Felstorm]
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Recruits should tie their boots well. Since they are on their feet about 80 percent of the day, they will wish that they had tied their boots properly in the morning if in the afternoon, their laces are digging into their ankles.

Here's a great tip: Underarm antiperspirant is great for preventing foot blisters. Simply rub on before you put your socks on and away you go. Sweat causes friction between a foot and sock and shoe. Antiperspirant takes away sweat, therefore reducing the risk of blisters.

The Marine Corps changed their uniforms; they don't use the old fashioned wavy black, brown, and green cammies. They use a high tech design that does all sorts of kooky shit. I'm not sure they still use the black jungle boots anymore. I could be wrong.

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#57361 - 09/18/04 11:41 AM Re: Feet [Re: Bogey_Man]
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One other very important thing. Keep your feet DRY at all times. Change your socks often and after long marches take off your socks, rinse your feet with cold water, massage them and put on fresh socks. If you got more then one pair of boots switch them too.

Feet equal progress. If they are fubar, you are done with.

Also a good tip for getting a nice polish on your boots. Steal a couple of nylon stockings from your girlfriend and use those to gloss up your boots. Polish them every day to make sure they stay waterproof.

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#57362 - 09/18/04 12:32 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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#57363 - 09/18/04 12:42 PM Sir, yes, Sir! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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See the film "Starship Troopers" and take it to heart.

You have been given some excellent advice here.

Survive.

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#57364 - 09/18/04 02:27 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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Just do exactly what the Drill Instructors say, and you'll be all right.

Also, when they say, "Get off my bus!", GET THE HELL OFF AS FAST AS YOU CAN!
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#57365 - 09/18/04 11:25 PM Re: Wooo, The Marines! [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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In hind sight, going into the military was one of the most UN Satanic things I've ever done. Turning myself over to be slave boy was not my idea of being Satanic. I remember an old man who claimed to have been a world war II veteran trying to talk me out of it. At that point I didn't consider what he said all that important, but all through basic training his warning kept ringing in my ears. He was right. I would recommend that you find a copy of "The Peddler Of Death, the life and times of Basil Zaharoff" by Donald McCormic. It sheds a lot of light as to where soldiers fit into the grand scheme of things.

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#57366 - 09/19/04 11:55 AM Re: Feet [Re: Bogey_Man]
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They still use the standard black jungle boots but they issue out a new pair of combat boots with the new digitals. It also depends on where you are stationed. In 29 palms and I believe the majority of bases there is a base order that only black boots (any type) can be worn but no desert boots unless in the field. Then it is broken down by battalion, company, and platoon. Luckily for me my battalion allowed desert boots when on the tanks.
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#57367 - 09/19/04 12:27 PM There is no "off the record" [Re: Foxy_Ramirez]
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You will find sometimes, when you are out of barracks and in a typical Marine drinking bar with your Marine buddies that some of them will make comments as: "Gee, Sgt. X is such an asshole, what do you think Foxy?"

DONT BITE. Most time those guys are lackeys of the Drill Instuctors and they try to score some points by telling the Sergeant or Drill Instructor. And they in turn, will make sure your training becomes Hell.

Either don't reply or change the subject. And when you meet a superior officer outside military installations make sure you salute properly and treat them respectfully. They may be evil but they're in charge and you surely dont want to get your ass kicked.
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#57368 - 09/19/04 08:52 PM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: Rattlesnake]
Discipline Offline
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In Marine Corps bootcamp there is no liberty (free time). So there will be no drinking in a bar while in basic. I believe it is different for the Army.

Also marines don't salute without a cover (a hat) which means no saluting in civilian attire.
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#57369 - 09/19/04 09:39 PM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: Discipline]
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Liberty... at Parris Island... HAH!
Man, that is a laugh. I grew up part of my life on that base. Man, what a shithole.
They do Basic in San Diego too, no liberty there either.
Grew up around military bases my whole life then decided to ship myself off to Great Lakes. (No liberty there either.)
I'm pretty sure only the Air Force has liberty built into thier training, which, as I have heard, is only eight weeks anyway. Eight weeks of riding stationary bikes and sitting in AC'ed barracks (just the rumors I have heard.)

FOXY
My advice, head down, follow directions, get used to grasping the DETAILS of every menial job you are handed. No smiling, unless you have just acomplished something as a team, no skylarking, no mouthing off, no freelance thinking of any kind. Like making beds? You're going to. Like getting yelled at, at the end of training (or about halfway through) you will develop a strange thirst for it.
Like running, press ups, pull ups, sit ups, monkey fucks, and general torturing muscle groups into all out submission?
Oh, btw, the corp (and the department) discovered a long time ago that the fastest way to build muscle was to work the target group until MUSCLE FAILURE repeatedly.

Lastly, I don't recommend shooting your hand up for every little job that comes along.
I was ARPAC in my Navy division, it didn't get me shit except a lot of grief and hard work (at least I wasn't Master At Arms.)
Get your rank boost upon graduation written into your contract before you sign, they go off of school records, college courses, community activity, but you can pretty much talk them into giving you the highest rank at graduation.
Believe me, they want you that bad.

Ice cream parties ? Just say no.

Good luck!

(ArkhamMiskatonic snickers to himself, cracks another beer and realizes that somewhere a recruit is getting dressed down while on his first night watch, thinking about the three hours of sleep he is going to get tonight, wondering how he is going to fit in time to iron his uniform, and pondering how much of an idiot he was to have signed up for this.)

Just remember, training is not the real thing. It all changes when you get done. Well, some of it changes.

What's your third general order son!?!

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#57370 - 09/19/04 11:12 PM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: ArkhamMiskatonic]
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The only General Order I remember is, "To walk my ship from plank to plank and take no shit from any rank."

Be careful where you repeat this.


Edited by SatanicSquid (09/19/04 11:13 PM)
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#57371 - 09/20/04 01:09 AM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: Discipline]
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I believe it is different for the Army.




No.

If you take a moment, and look inside your soft-cap you will notice your name, rank, and serial number inside that cap, followed by the words: Property of the United States Government. And for those that are the last boarding the train at the Clue Station, the label isn't referring to your lid.

No "free time" for you unless you go to church on Sunday. Those that stay behind, get a broom, e-tool, or a floor buffer put in their hands.


Edited by Felstorm (09/20/04 01:10 AM)
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#57372 - 09/20/04 01:34 AM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: ArkhamMiskatonic]
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I'm pretty sure only the Air Force has liberty built into thier training, which, as I have heard, is only eight weeks anyway. Eight weeks of riding stationary bikes and sitting in AC'ed barracks (just the rumors I have heard.)




Six weeks. Yes, they do get about an hour or two of base liberty per week, I think. They do a lot more PT than just stationary bikes, and the barracks do have AC(Air conditioning is kinda important in San Antonio.).

My brother is in the Air Force, so I got to see the living conditions at Lackland during the pre-graduation family tour.

On a side note, I plan to enter the Marine Corps DEP in exactly three weeks.

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#57373 - 09/20/04 11:03 PM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: Felstorm]
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Ha. I see you took offense by that, Felstorm.

I was not sure about the Army's policy, hence I said "believe".

When I was at Fort Knox I saw lots of young soldiers roaming around town. I assumed they were in basic, of course I could not have been a 100% correct. I was not in the Army so my knowledge on it is limited.

Breathe buddy.
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#57374 - 09/21/04 01:11 AM Re: Sir, yes, Sir! [Re: Nemo]
Mekhet Offline


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See the film "Starship Troopers" and take it to heart.




I'd suggest reading the book instead, if time is sufficient.
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#57375 - 09/21/04 04:07 PM Re: There is no "off the record" [Re: ArkhamMiskatonic]
London Offline
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Eight weeks of riding stationary bikes and sitting in AC'ed barracks (just the rumors I have heard.)




Check your sources.

I have nothing against "Friendly competition" among services, as I recognize it for what it is. Like religion, it controls the masses and makes them feel superior. When you boil it down it is usually just a form of jealousy and insecurity, something the average service member has no shortage of.
The rumor you've heard is just that, created by a peon trying to feel better about himself. Peon after peon repeat the same lie and eventually by the time intelligent and rational people here it, the lie has gained credibility and is accepted as a given.

Back to the subject, however. When going through Basic I compiled a list of several small things you can do to make life easier. I just happen to still have that list. I will list the tips I feel will be relevant to Marine Basic Training...

-Eat soft food (chicken as opposed to steak, banana as opposed to pear). You only have a few minutes to eat, and chewing really does waste time when you're starving. Look for the foods you can cram in and swallow!

-Take Deodorant, shampoo, liquid soap (solid soap BANNED!), insoles (trust me), tooth paste, tons of quarters, and a manicure kit. You’ll be required to buy this stuff anyway (with the exception of insoles), so save some money.

-Keep ALL receipts, especially those from dry cleaners. If they lose your BDUs (and they do quite frequently), this is your only proof that you have left your property in their care. New BDUs won't break your bank, but this is something you do not want to deal with in an environment like Basic.

-Throw away all extra shirts, socks, undies, etc. You will have a minimum amount of certain clothes you must have in your (foot) locker. Throw away all excess as this just leads to demerits during clothing inspections.

-Don’t change BDUs if not necessary. Our TIs told us BDUs can be worn for 3 days in a row max. We usually wore ours for a week to save time, money, and stress.

-Don't go to church no matter what anybody says! Church time is time you can spend perfecting you locker, clipping strings, fixing end of bed displays, etc.

-Come in with your head shaved and save $5 on a mandatory haircut.

-Wear plain clothes with no pictures, logos, or really anything on them. I had a guy wear a Kramer (Seinfeld) shirt his first day. Guess what nickname stuck with him...

-Religious texts are the only texts you are allowed to have. Use you head and leave TSB at home. The only book you can bring in which will get you more shit than TSB would be the Koran.
Every blue moon I'd find myself with maybe 20 minutes to myself on the weekend. Revelations was entertaining to pass the time. An acid trip without the irreversible effects. Bizarre use of archetypes. It's certainly the most interesting book of the Holy Fable. It really takes you to another place, which you will find desirable.

Stay strong. Always remember that wimpier people than you have made it.
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#57376 - 09/21/04 04:55 PM a similar question [Re: Discipline]
Helliott Offline


Registered: 09/17/04
Posts: 217
Loc: VA
I am giving strong consideration to joining the Navy, any advice? If I do it I will take the delayed entry way, for up to a year to get myself ready.
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#57377 - 09/21/04 06:38 PM Re: a similar question [Re: Helliott]
Knocko Offline


Registered: 12/05/02
Posts: 864
Loc: Michigan - Troll Country
Hmmm...depends on what specifically you want to know. It's been 8 years since I was in boot for the Navy. There's alot to cover. If you want PM me and I'll try and answer your questions.
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