Basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood

Basic combat training definitely pushed me beyond my comfort zone. It didn't take me long, however to realize that I was able to endure and complete the physical training and challenges better than most of the other guys. I had worked hard to prepare myself before entering the Army. Being with guys 24/7 for 9-plus weeks builds strong friendships and a real appreciation for team-work. I came out of BCT a stronger and more confident soldier. It is an experience I will never forget. And now many years later, I can laugh about the things that irritated me at the time. (eg. the hurry-up and wait; and the seemingly endless push-ups we did.)

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