5 FAQs Recruits Ask About Army Basic Training

The key to making it through basic training as effortlessly as possible is to know what to expect, and what happens before you arrive to basic training. This is a list of common questions and answers to those questions that recruits ask about the army.


1) Do Drill Sergeants yell at the recruits most of the time?

We’ll it depends on who your Drill Sergeants are and what you do. When you first get off the bus, it will be little intense because you don’t know what’s going on and there is so many Drill Sergeants yelling. Yes, it’s going to happen. If you do something ridiculous of course you are going to get yelled at but as long as you stay where you are and do whatever they tell you, you won’t get into trouble and you will be okay most of the time.

2) Do you get paid in basic training and would you be able to send money back home to pay bills?

Yes, you do get paid in basic training; depending on your rank you get paid certain amount of money. You are paid on the 1st and 15th of every month and you can send money home with a check or cash in the mail. However, since you won’t be able to access a computer during training, you should write a check out to whomever the person you’re sending it to for precaution.

3) After your first haircut, do you have to continue shaving it off or can you let it grow out again?

Within the first 72 hours you get here, your basic training site, you get your first haircut free then after that every two weeks you have to have it cut again but you will pay for it until the completion of your basic training.

4) Did you ever feel that you weren’t strong enough for the army challenges?

There are certain days that you feel like you can’t make it or something’s too hard or a task isn’t going your way but your fellow comrades are there to help you and push you in the right direction and build your confidence so you’re more motivated to continue the task.

5) Do you have any advice for someone who wants to join but doesn’t know how to bring it up to their parents?

Joining the army isn’t a bad thing but your parents will support you if you bring it out on the right way. Just let them know you’re reasons are and they just want to make sure your reasons are just before you join because they don’t want you to feel like you’re obligated to the United States. It’s a choice and you shouldn’t be afraid to bring it up to your parents and they should understand your reasons why.