Boot Camp refers to the initial phase of training one receives when joining one of the armed services.
This phase of training is critical to one's success in the military, and the Non-Commissioned Officers who serve as Drill Instructors undergo intense training themselves to qualify for this role.
U.S. Army Boot Camp
United States Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a nine-week course that focuses on Army values, teamwork, field exercises, and weapons training. After completing Basic Combat Training Soldiers graduate and embark on Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
U.S. Navy Boot Camp takes place over eight weeks at Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, Illinois. Training begins with orientation classes along with conditioning, swimming, marching, and drilling. This is followed by a confidence course designed to simulate shipboard situations encountered in emergencies, where teamwork is essential. The next stage takes place on a land-bound training ship where seamanship and hands-on interaction with live equipment is stressed. This is followed by weapons training, naval career counseling, and shipboard damage control & firefighting training. Recruits then have to pass a final series of Battle Station tests before graduating.
U.S. Marines Basic Training
The U.S. Marines incorporate a twelve-week program that begins with training in Values and Ethics, Close Order Drill, Physical Conditioning, Bayonet / Pugil Sticks / Martial Arts, Leadership Development, Academics, Gas Mask Drills, Combat Water Survival, Rappelling, and Marksmanship. This is followed by a two-round Confidence Course consisting of eleven unique challenges to overcome. The next stage is Basic Warrior Training (BWT), which teaches recruits how to operate in a combat environment and involves Day and Night Movement exercises. The final challenge faced by recruits is called the Crucible, a grueling test of readiness that spans 54 straight hours and incorporates elements of all of the training received up to that point. Upon successful completion of the Crucible, recruits graduate as Marines in the Emblem Ceremony.