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  1. nikkip

    nikkip Member

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    After a grueling 6 weeks, my classmates and I have returned to garrison! I meant to come back on here earlier, but with this week being so hectic I didn't have time! Class of 2021 or anyone please please please feel free to message or comment and ask me questions about my experience. It was definitely challenging, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything in the world! Seeing all the officers and family members on march back was one of the coolest things I've ever experienced in my life. Good luck everyone, and Gooooo Army! (And yes, my hands are tightly cupped :) )
     
  2. civic29

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    Congratulations, you have the long road of plebe year ahead of you
     
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    What did you do the day after R-day? Just a random thought that I have with all academies, do they immediately throw you into the grinder, or do you have a couple easy days?
     
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    I bet you're looking forward to A-Day, food, family and sleep!

    Push Hard, Press Forward
     
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  5. nikkip

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    the day after r day was pretty okay, the cadre are really mean because you just came in so its hard in that aspect, but you also just got there so it's just trying to get everything organized and stuff. you don't really do anything much for the first few days except a bunch of briefs and learn the pt drills!
     
  6. nikkip

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    hahaha hopefully it'll go well!
     
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    More than anything! The sleep especially :)
     
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    Was there a lot of illness? My cadet said he had some kind of bug and then got food poisoning! Geesh!
     
  9. nikkip

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    Oh yeah, there was a lot of stuff going around I got sick quite a few times. We're all in such close proximity to each other it's hard not to catch something; especially in the bays at Buckner. The cadre really stressed proper hygiene though, especially second detail out in the field.
     
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    Was there skills you learned that you didn't expect them to teach you?
     
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    How difficult was it to adjust to PT?
     
  12. civic29

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    It's not difficult
     
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    The tactical pinch off.

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    Some people really struggled with PT during my CBT. Every time after PT we would run up a big hill and there were a few people that had to fall out of formation every time we went up the hills.

    There were also some people that were unable to properly perform a push up. It would behoove you to know how to do a proper push up before CBT. A good way to ensure that you are capable of going low enough on a push up is doing push ups were your chest touches the ground. Don't rest your chest on the ground when you do this, just touch your just to the ground. You will have an easier time at CBT if you show up knowing how to do a proper push up.

    The only part of PT that I thought was difficult was pull ups. We would have to do 30 seconds(or it might have been 45) intervals of pull ups. I remember the first time we did PT they told us to do as many pull ups as we could in the 30/45 seconds, so I got on the bar and did like 20 pull ups in a row. Then the next iteration of pull ups came around and my arms were completely exhausted and I was absolutely dying just trying to hang on to the bar, much less do pull ups for 30/45 seconds. Moral of the story: do not actually try to do as many pull ups as you can in 30/45 seconds when they tell you to do so, just do pull ups at a slow and constant pace. If you try to do 30 pull ups in a row on the 1st iteration you are going to hate your life for the rest of that PT session.

    Mainly just focus on the hills and the push ups though.


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    My son said that most NC's are in shape and pretty squared away, but there are several who should not have passed. Mentioned some who couldn't do a three mile ruck, and who had difficulty with everything. He has no idea how they got in. He said only a few, and the rest are terrific.
     
  16. 1337BeachedWhale1337

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    Don't underestimate the 3 mile ruck! For me it was by far the hardest movement I did all of CBT, and I never fell out of any rucks. We were not taught how to pack our rucks or use or straps properly, and the hills you have to scale during the 3 mile are absolutely horrible. After finishing the 3 mile ruck I collapsed and spent about 15 minutes lying on the ground in the fetal position.

    PRO TIPS:
    1. Do not bring the black sleeping bag on rucks
    3. Zip up the zipper located in the middle of your ruck and fit everything in the top portion of your ruck. Do everything you can to not have to use the bottom part of your ruck.
    3. Put as much as physically possible into your side pouches.
    7. Tighten the straps on your ruck as much as possible. You want your ruck to be as compact as possible.


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  17. civic29

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    Pack the ruck light stuff at the bottom and heavy stuff at the top. You can adjust height of the pack on the frame so put it as high as possible. For the sake of convince you can put all the light weight and small stuff you will need for night time and hygiene in the bottom after zipping it in half. Take out useless weight unless it's on the packing list (canteen cups, extra hygiene items). Learn to ranger roll t shirts and ACUs for a more compact and easier to carry Ruck.
     

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