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What can I do to prepare myself physically and mentally for US army boot camp at 14 years of age?

I am planning on being in the army. Is there anything I can do to prepare for boot camp physically? Mentally? I know I still have half of 8th grade left and all of high school but I rather be over prepared than under prepared. Any suggestions on certain workouts? Muscle building?

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Kim’s Answer

Ava,

Physically, you want to understand the three different types of conditioning, and incorporate them into your training. This includes cardio, flexibility, and strength. All 3 are important. Getting into sports will help condition your body, as well as instill the principles of teamwork that are so important in the military. When you get to HS, consider joining ROTC where you will learn the basics of discipline, which will help you mentally.


If you know someone in the military, have them explain to you the saying that "in boot camp, they tear you down to build you up." Basically, no matter how well prepared you are when you go in, they WILL find your weak spot. They believe this is essential for re-creating you as a soldier. Do not be afraid of that moment. It happens to everyone. Just know that it is coming, and, that you will deal with it and move on.


Best of luck!

Kim

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Jacob’s Answer

Hi, Ava,


I am a former Army Rifle Platoon Leader and you are correct in identifying the importance of physical fitness for Soldiers, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers in the Army. First, and most importantly, build flexibility and learn the proper form for simple exercises like push-ups, squats, sit-ups, and jogging. You must learn to move well before you can move often. You can use Youtube or simple Google searches to help find instructions/demonstrations of the proper form for the exercises I mentioned. You can also do a Google search for Army Basic Training Preparation Courses.


With that said, keep an open mind for your career aspirations. Solid physical conditioning is helpful no matter what your career is. I saw a lot of people who joined the Army with extremely unrealistic expectations and they struggled immensely. The simple fact of the matter is that the military is not for everyone. If possible, try to get a better idea of what real Army life is like. Movies, video games, and sometimes, even books sensationalize military life. Talking to real people who have normal Army experiences is the best way to determine whether that life is suitable for you. As you get older, your interests will likely change. Don't get tunnel vision on being in the Army - let yourself consider other career possibilities and don't rush your career decision.


If you have other questions - feel free to reach out. I'm happy to help more on this topic. Good luck!

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John’s Answer

Join a JROTC or Civil Air Patrol. These groups will give you a basic understanding of rank, responsibility, discipline and attention to detail. These skills will be of more use to you than being able to do 25 pushups or run two miles in under 14 minutes. Good news if you can do those two things, basic will be physically easier for you. Good luck and if you have any more questions consult a recruiter, they love to talk to people.

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