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Basic: Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training

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There is absolutely nothing in the American experience comparable to basic training or boot camp. If you haven't been through it, you can't understand it.

But if you've been through it, you never forget it.

No matter where they live, all American fighting men and women have one thing in common: They have survived basic military training. They've crawled through the swamps on
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ebook, 320 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Cheryl
Mar 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book going into it like I was going to get a lot of tips but also just a lot of dialect. Yes this book does have dialect but it is not stale. It is actually very enlightening. Throughout the book are quotes from military movies or actual personal that endured boot camp/basic training. Although I have never actually been in the military, I did get a little taste of what it would be like to enlist in the military. I was in the Civil Air Patrol and I was gone for a week at the Air ...more
Robert Joseph
Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a well organized college tion of submitted stories of a variety of people's experiences during BMT. It seems that very few go through basic training without at least one or two stories. The greatest surprise for me was that Homer Hickham (author of October Sky and a native West Virginian) submitted a few stories. While it doesn't necessarily prepare you for Basic training, it absolutely gives an insight into the world of the military ethos. Well worth the read if you're retired, act ...more
Kate
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-about-work
I read this because I was hoping it would give me motivation to go to the gym. It didn't, but I found it surprisingly entertaining anyway. For a book about the grueling weeks of training that are supposed to turn you into a 'killing machine,' it's a breezy read. The anecdotes, from recruits throughout the decades, are perfectly bite-sized, often funny, and nicely organized by subject into short chapters. No one seems particularly bitter, which I find suspicious, of course.
Marie
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. Brought back great and not so great memories of basic training. I enjoyed learning about the different branches of the service and how they conduct their recruit training. If you have been through basic this will make you laugh if you haven't joined yet it gives you a good idea of what to expect when you report for duty! I highly recommend this book!!!
Stephanie Harless
I loved this book. It's funny, entertaining, and has heart. It felt like I was there when I was reading the stories of men and women in the military. It make me laugh, smile, and made me say WOW to myself. What each branch of military ha to go through, through the years is amazing. I salute all who served or all those continuing to serve. Thank you is not enough. I enjoyed reading and learning more about the military branches. If I could I would rate this book 10 stars. I'm glad I read this book ...more
Joshua Allman
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For civilians like me looking to understand the basic training that happens in all branches of the U.S. military, this book is a good starting point. It is a collection of memories shared by men and women who have served about their time in boot camp/basic training: life in the barracks, their rapport with their drill instructor/sergeant, etc. It doesn't do lots of details, but it's great for those looking for a snapshot. Recommended.
Sam Sattler
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Talk about bringing back memories. Reading Basic: Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training made me remember (sometimes fondly, sometimes not so fondly) things I have not thought about in since they happened way back in 1968 while I was in the process of completing Army basic training at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. I am certain that anyone who completed basic or boot camp during the Viet Nam era (because most of the book’s first-person anecdotes seem to come from those years) will react the same way. T ...more
Summer
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting to read. All of the facts, information, and experiences shared in this book are not only extremely helpful to anyone looking to enlist in the army, but it was also just intriguing to hear about the things that go on in our military and what people have to go through to get there. A lot of it is stuff that you'd never expect them to have to do, such as guarding dumpsters in the cold rain for no reason, digging holes only to fill them back in and re-dig them again, o ...more
William Schram
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Basic is the story of basic military training for the United States Armed Forces. Through anecdotes and other sources of information, we are shown how Civilians are transformed into soldiers. The only previous introduction I had to Basic Training, or Boot Camp as it is sometimes called is in movies, the primary one being Full Metal Jacket.

I figured the movie would have taken some liberties, and I was correct in that. For instance, it shows that Blanket Parties are not a part of the deal anymore,
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Patricia
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Meh. I lost faith in the author when I ran into a major misstatement before I got to chapter 3. (Females are NOT only at Ft Leonard Wood for Army basic training). Otherwise, the anecdotes are amusing but the writing is pretty awful. I assume his other book is much better - it had to have been, as mediocre as this one ended up being.
David
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Colonel Jacobs rates an "outstanding" for this lively, anecdotal look at basic military training in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. As a "survivor" of Parris Island, I can vouch for the accuracy about of his commentary on USMC training.

Recommended for all, especially those younguns who anticipate entering the armed forces anytime soon.
Tammy
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable conglomeration of anecdotes and information. Although a few of his descriptions of modern warfare were out of date before the book was published, overall it's a very good read. Recommended for all Vets and for most civilians
Darren Sapp
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for those that survived boot camp regardless of branch of service. I laughed out loud several times at the antics and awkwardness that comes with boot camp. Jacobs includes several first-hand accounts spanning seventy years of basic training.
Kim
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collection of stories from those who have gone thru Basic Training. Some are funny, some are surprising, every single one actually happened. lol
PWRL
Apr 04, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dave
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book- and I learned alot.
Hans
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: military
Fun read. Mostly just a collection of people's thoughts and stories on Basic Training since WWII. Nothing specific about it.
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