jake s, AKH, Casey, AbeastlyBeast..USMA 2015

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  1. Hooah1775

    Hooah1775 Member

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    Congratulations on completing CBT!! I sincerely appreciate your insight and advice on this board and would like to hear your impressions of CBT. How are you doing? Was it what you expected?

    Also, thanks for you service to our country!

    Go ARMY!
     
  2. jake s

    jake s USMA Cadet

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    Thank you!

    It was probably the most formative six weeks of my life. Here are a few of my impressions of it and also where I'm at now:

    First of all, Beast is not physically hard. Get in shape, run through a few practice APFT's, shoot for at least 75-80 points in each event. If you can do this, then the Beast PT will seem easy to you.

    The part that gets some people in Beast is that it is day in, day out squaring your corners, cupping your hands, and keeping your head and eyes straight forward. The transition from civilian to cadet is tough for a lot of people-- if you mentally accept what happens and what will happen to you during Beast then it is easier.

    I had great cadre for both details. They enforced standards but they also kept us motivated throughout CBT. When I messed up I felt like I was letting down the trust our cadre put in us. Your interaction with cadre is punishment-reward. Do well and do your best, they give you a small bit of leash. Mess up and they yank the leash back hard.

    Was it what I expected? Yes and no. The specific things-- PT, issue points, R Day, certain military training events-- yes. Through SAF and other places I knew what some of it was going to be like because I read about others' experiences. However, I had no idea what the whole of Beast would feel like. Unless you've gone to basic training before, you won't understand the overall feel of Beast until you get there. And even for the priors it is completely different than enlisted basic.

    How am I now? I'm doing just fine. You get over the feeling of Beast abouta day and a half after marchback. Reorgy week has been a lot better. Your team leader is your lifeline. They help you set up your academic life basically. We (New Cadets) are all just ready to start the academic year and be accepted into the Corps tomorrow.
     
  3. AKH

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    Beast seems SO far away now. It went by too quickly but too slowly at the same time. My biggest advice is to just be squared away and do what you're supposed to be doing. Don't think too much. It's an easy six weeks if you think about it the way it is, which is just doing exactly what someone tells you to do. I had a lot of fun actually, and I had two fantastic squad leaders who pretty much left me alone because I didn't need serious correction or was ever blatantly not doing the right thing. Some things were extremely difficult for me in the moment, but one of the many things CBT taught me was to see past that moment to the greater goal. Doing the Marchback at our fastest pace ever was rough, but seeing my dad next to me, my squad around me, and my classmates ahead and behind me helped me realize why I was there. Hopefully other people had and you will have moments like that during Beast when you're just in awe of what you're doing. I'm sure I have no idea how much I've grown yet but I'm sure I'll come to see. Reorgy week is awesome and I can't wait to be accepted tomorrow! (Even though we have no idea how to make our chapel belts yet....)
     
  4. HeloPilot_2015

    HeloPilot_2015 USMA Class of 2015

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    AKH if you still need to know how to set up your chapel belt, PM me with your USMA email & I'll send you a PowerPoint with pictures of how to do it.

    I agree with my classmates: Beast was a challenge but still very do-able. It's all about your attitude and keeping the big picture in mind.
     
  5. Hooah1775

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