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Bootcamp - June 7th 2010, 06:43 AM

I don't want to get into too much detail at this point in time, but I was curious as to whether or not anyone here has had a friend or family member enlist in bootcamp, and what was that experience like? Were they able to have regular contact with that person? Was there any form of communication whatsoever? How long was the person gone for? etc. I'm too scared to Google it, pathetic as it might be, and I'm more interested in hearing from people who have been there. I'm completely ignorant, as I tend to avoid military and other government operations entirely, so, any help on the issue would be much obliged.
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Re: Bootcamp - June 7th 2010, 07:10 AM

I went through boot camp not to long ago.

on our military base we had phones and we could use them after our sessions were over.
the first 4 weeks you wont have much contact as you spend must of your time in your room with your squad sowing patches on your uniforms.

after that you will have more time to talk and what not but theres pay phones on the base so dont think your out of luck.

they have computers that your able to email from as well if you needed sometime on there

boot camp takes um well for my country 14 week basic training

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Re: Bootcamp - June 7th 2010, 05:15 PM

I went through Basic Training (Boot Camp) for the U.S. Army. Depending on which branch the length of training varies. For me at that time, 1992, training lasted 8 weeks. Communication for me was very limited - mail only. So I loved getting letters. Phones and computers were not allowed. If there was an emergency, phone calls were permitted but you had to go through special channels.

Once I graduated and went on to my specialized training (A.I.T. or Advanced Individual Training) phones and computers were allowed. If you know someone leaving for service just get ready to write some letters or even just some postcards will be much appreciated!
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Re: Bootcamp - June 7th 2010, 05:50 PM

I went through U.S. Army basic training in 1999. We were able to call our families but not that much. We could get mail though (even though that's a quicker way for the drill sergeants to know you). The experience is definitely one I'll never forget. In 4 weeks I was solid because of all the exercises. I was there for 9 weeks. Just like Park Ranger said then there's A.I.T. I was in communications so it took me 17 weeks. It's more relaxed but I still had to do P.T. (physical training).

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Re: Bootcamp - June 7th 2010, 08:58 PM

I appreciate everyone's responses.

About sending letters, this is going to sound really silly, but how is the mail system set up? Is there a way to work it out so that the person could receive a letter every day or even every few days? And Erik, when you say "even though that's a quicker way for the drill sergeants to know you," does that mean your incoming mail is read, outgoing mail or both?
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