Signing up for military service is a life-changing event. When you ship off to boot camp, you're going to meet some friendly faces who will sternly instruct you on how to properly live a military life by using their outside voices even when they're inside.
Welcome to boot camp, f*cker!
From the day you step foot on the training grounds to the day you leave, recruit, you will frequently ponder the following questions:
6. "I wonder who the drill instructors think is the best recruit here?"
The best recruits are the ones who finish training and leave the training grounds. We hope that answers the question.
These newly-made Marines sound off at the top other lungs as they finally graduate after weeks of intense training. (Image from U.S. Marine Corps)
5. "I wonder if the fleet is anything like boot camp?"
To be honest, boot camp is easy when compared to the sacrifices we're asked to make during our service. Boot camp is exactly what it's labeled, "basic." The training gets harder before you deploy.
4. "What day do we graduate on?"
Marine Corps boot camp is around 13 weeks long, which can feel like an eternity during the 5 seconds it takes to get your first military haircut.
This recruit sits in a barber chairs and appears to be enjoying getting a trim around the ears.
3. "I wonder what time they're going to let us go to bed?"
Depending on the branch you joined, you could be hitting the rack the first night you get there, or day three or four. Welcome to the military!
2. "Will I ever get the items I put in the amnesty box back?"
The military staff at boot camp will open the amnesty box and have a good laugh at all the funny sh*t they find inside.
What goes in the box, doesn't stay in the box. It gets laughed at later.
1. "They're going to tone down the yelling soon, right?"
One of the most impressive aspects of boot camp is how well the drill instructors can scream at you at the top of their lungs. Just note that the screaming doesn't end until you graduate. Then, it continues throughout the rest of your career.