As I have stated before, we have nada/zip/zilch military experience, so that being said, what is the difference between something that is "highly recommended" and something that is "required"??? It is pretty obvious to me when something says required, it's an absolute, but all the talk about what to bring to I-day has me confused. The PTR gives a list of "highly recommended" items to bring to I-Day. I have heard from several different sources that they need to bring NOTHING to I-Day but the clothes on their backs, shot records, broken in tennis shoes and maybe a calculator for validation tests. Then others say to bring everything on the list because it is their first official order... The thought of lugging around the luggage they bring full of the "highly recommended" stuff, along with the newly acquired ~80lbs of provided items, until the luggage is taken and stored for the summer, seems a bit unnecessary. So does "highly recommended" really mean "required"??