Trainees have three minutes to locate and “rescue” a mannequin representing an injured airman from inside a hostile village.
- New recruits aspiring to join the military all have to go through boot camps.
- This rigorous training prepares soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines for their time in the service.
- Here are some surprising facts about the different branches’ boot camps.
Across the many branches of the US military, there is one constant for new recruits: a weeks-long period of basic training — “boot camp” — to prepare for the job.
At each boot camp, recruits have to learn different skills like swimming or climbing and practice the tasks they’ll need during their service, from assembling a pistol to driving a tank.
But that period of time varies with each branch of service. Navy recruits, for example, endure a 10-week-long program, while Marine Corps recruits face 13 weeks of grueling basic training.
Insider has gone inside basic training at different boot camps as part of its “Boot Camp” video series exploring what life is like for recruits.
Insider Correspondant Graham Flanagan shared the most surprising things we didn’t expect to find at boot camp:
Source: Insider/What Army Tankers Go Through In Boot Camp
You don’t need to know how to swim before joining the Navy.Navy recruits swim inside a pool during basic training.
Source: Insider/What Navy Recruits Go Through In Boot Camp
Source: Insider/What It Takes To Survive Coast Guard Boot Camp
Source: Insider/What New Marine Corps Recruits Go Through In Boot Camp