As you probably already know, Marine boot camp can be quite a challenge. This is especially true for those who haven’t taken the time to train for the struggles they’ll encounter during the 13 weeks.
When I was going through boot camp, there were a few who never really bothered to train and if they did, they only did the bare minimums and never really took it serious.
These were the ones who were still smoking the night before leaving and who still hadn’t bothered attaining a high PFT score beforehand.
Needless to say, these are also the ones who were in complete shock once training began and they realized how out of shape they were.
Don’t let this be you.
Training for boot camp is easy to do and doesn’t require you to totally change your life. Keep reading below to learn more about how to train for Marine boot camp.
In order to prepare for basic, you really only need to do a few things.
First of all, you need to take it serious. Boot camp is serious business and those who can’t hack it will be weeded out or dropped from their platoon. Once you sign on the dotted line, you should consider yourself in and begin acting like what you want to become.
Start getting into shape now and preparing for the physical activities that await you. Your goal should be to arrive at boot camp able to perform a first class PFT.
In reality, you should be able to score a near perfect PFT if you have taken all preparation serious.
You’ll definitely get in shape while you are in training but how much better would it be if you arrived already in great shape?
The physical demands create a huge amount of stress and if you take some of this weight off your shoulder, it will be that much easier for you.
In order to train for boot camp, you need to be doing the things that you’ll be doing while you are there. Learn as much as you can about the Corps, perform the same physical workouts and try your best to max out your PFT score.
If you are in the delayed entry program, you have plenty of time to train. I joined the Marines a full year before I left and by the time I left, I was in the best shape of my life (up until that point). There’s no reason you can’t do the same.
Of course, if you are a smoker or you eat unhealthy, you should look to cut these bad habits from your life as well. Learn to drink more water and less sodas or other unhealthy drinks.
Eat less fast food or more nutritious foods. If you don’t do it now, you’ll certainly miss these types of things during boot camp and it will make it that much harder.
Most importantly, work with your recruiter and other poolees to make sure you are as prepared as you can be. Your recruiter is there for your support so make sure you utilize that while you can.