What Army Recruits Go Through At Boot Camp

Drill sergeant: Why are you moving? Why are you moving? Huh? Huh? Huh? Drill sergeant: Get out of my way! Narrator: This is Army boot camp. Before they join the United States Army, all recruits have to graduate from a 22-week program known as One Station Unit Training, also known as OSUT. It happens here, at Fort Benning, a 182,000-acre military installation that straddles the Alabama-Georgia border about 100 miles southwest of Atlanta. Every year, more than
18,000 soldiers graduate before joining the more
than 470,000 people actively serving in the Army. Recruits: 13, 14, 15. Narrator: Although most
of the recruits that we saw during our time there were male, recruits train together in gender-integrated platoons. Christopher Ricci: These
young men and women that volunteer to serve, they
show up to us as civilians, and then we take them through a transformative process to turn them into soldiers. Drill sergeant: Just go to
the position of attention, and you stay in the position of attention! Narrator: On a rain-soaked
week in February, we spent four days inside the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, which trains soldiers to serve in the infantry and armor branches. We saw different companies at various stages of training. On day one, new infantry recruits on a bus from the Atlanta airport arrive at the 30th AG
Battalion Headquarters, where all new recruits are received. Drill sergeant: Listen up! The only thing I wanna hear from you at this point is, “Yes, drill sergeant” or, “No, drill sergeant.”
Do you understand? Recruits: Yes, drill sergeant. Drill sergeant: When I tell you, you will pass your folders to the front. Narrator: The minimum age
to enlist in the Army is 17, and the maximum age is 35. The base salary for an entry-level private is about $20,000 a year. Drill sergeant: Let’s go! 30 seconds! Drill sergeant: Hurry up! Find your bag! Narrator: Once they’re off the bus… Recruits: Yes, drill sergeant! Narrator: The first order of business is establishing the code of conduct. Drill sergeant: Because I promise you, if you don’t pay attention to what I’m about to tell you, you’re gonna make your
Army career very short. You treat everybody with
dignity and respect, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, and all other protected categories. Yes? Recruits: Yes, drill sergeant! Drill sergeant: Sexual assault is any unwanted physical contact
in a sexual nature, so if you put your hands
on another individual and you’re not instructed to and you’re not saving their life, and they file a sexual assault, and it comes down that you put your hands on this individual when
you weren’t supposed to, that is gonna be on you. You will get kicked out of the military, and then you’ll probably have to file as a registered sex
offender. Do you understand? Recruits: Yes, drill sergeant! Narrator: Before they go
inside, the new recruits learn some basic commands
and standing positions. Drill sergeant: Attention! Drill sergeant: Everyone
look down at their toes. You should be able to fit a slice of pizza in between your toes. If you look around, they’re gonna see you, ’cause you’re taller than everyone else! Drill sergeant: Quickly! Drill sergeant: Everyone move your feet! Drill sergeant: Grab one
and go, it’s all the same. Narrator: The recruits grab the snack that’s waiting for them inside, consisting of a fruit
cup, sunflower seeds, a granola bar, and a juice box. Drill sergeant: Watch
the video. Remain silent. Video: Since 1775, the Army has been the bearer of our nation’s strength in every crisis or conflict. Make no mistake about it: The journey you are embarking upon will not be easy, but you wouldn’t be
here if we didn’t think you couldn’t meet the challenge. Drill sergeant: Listen up!
Your last four of your social. Narrator: After being welcomed, recruits begin what’s known as processing, which can take one to two weeks before their actual training begins. Drill sergeant: In a little
bit, we’re gonna give you a period to go in a room by yourself. Narrator: First, they’re
given one last chance to discreetly dispose
of prohibited contraband like drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and inappropriate photographs. Drill sergeant: If any photo
you possess on your phone is less than a bathing suit, you will not have it. You will delete them all. Narrator: Recruits get rid of contraband in an amnesty room, where they dispose of it by throwing it down a metal chute. Recruit: Is anybody confused on what you can and cannot have? Narrator: The next morning,
the recruits report to the barbershop, where one barber has one
worked at Fort Benning for almost 60 years. Jay Shortz: I’ve been
here ever since 1963. That’s a long time. I should’ve been retired a long time ago, but I wake up in the morning now, be wanting to come out
here and go to work. Narrator: Recruits are issued uniforms. They receive a series of
immunizations and vaccines. And get their official photo taken, along with myriad housekeeping
details that fill up their one- to two-week stay in processing. Drill sergeant: Hey, sit up straight! Narrator: That is, until processing ends and the time for training finally arrives. Drill sergeant: Let’s go.
Grab your bags and go. Narrator: We found a company of recruits about to begin training
in the armor school. These recruits are about to be picked up and taken to their barracks, where they’ll reside for
the rest of their training. Drill sergeant: Let’s go. You guys are going to the front bus. Go! Narrator: This is the last chance for recruits to change their minds before training begins, like one recruit who
decided to stay behind. This short bus ride, from processing to their new barracks, will be the most peaceful moments these recruits will
experience for a while. What happens next is
known as the shark attack. [whistle blowing] [Drill sergeant yelling] Drill sergeant: Get
your bags up right now! Get your bags up! Drill sergeant: This way! Let’s go! Drill sergeant: You’re
a tough guy, aren’t you? Do something! Do something!
That’s what I thought. Drill sergeant: Why are you
still not understanding? He just said it! Ricci: It’s really just a
little shock to the system so we can break them down to build them back up. Drill sergeant: Answer me! Talk to me! Drill sergeant: Shut up! Shut up! Shut the h— up! Ricci: We’re breaking a lot of habits from the civilian world,
and nothing better than a little shock to the system to establish that that
drill sergeant is in charge to let us start our training. Drill sergeant: Pick up
your bag and hold it. Narrator: The recruits spend
much of the shark attack holding their heavy rucksacks
above their heads… Drill sergeant: Over your head! Narrator: Which takes a physical toll. Drill sergeant: Why is that so difficult? Drill sergeant: You
can’t pick that bag up? You decided to join the Army, and you can’t pick that bag up? Drill sergeant: Right
side bag, right side bag. Right side bag. Narrator: After about 20 minutes, the intensity begins to subside, and the drill sergeants’ tone changes… Drill sergeant: We will produce the best soldiers in the United States Army. Narrator: Before training
officially begins. Recruits: Yes, drill sergeant! Narrator: After the shock
and awe the shark attack, things do appear to calm down. Recruit: It’s a video. Recruit: Oh, is it?
Recruit: Is it a video? Recruits: Movie, yeah! Movie! Hey. Recruit: I always wanted to be a star! Narrator: We found this
group of infantry soldiers in week 11 of their training practicing on the firing range. [gunshots] Narrator: The mood was much more relaxed. [laughing] Narrator: And their
conversations with their drill sergeants are
conducted at normal volumes. Like when this drill sergeant educated the recruits on the meaning of the military expression “ate-up.” Kelly Craig Lord: That
dynamic changes because we want the soldiers to
become more critical thinkers. At that point, we are turning into more coaches and mentors. We dial it back a little bit. So, we don’t want them frightened; we want them to be comfortable and in a state of mind
that is receptive to learning and performing at that level. [gunshots] Narrator: Up to 241 hours of infantry OSUT are devoted to marksmanship, where recruits fire about 2,500 rounds using the M4 carbine as well as the M249 Squad
Automatic Weapon, or SAW. Ricci: We create lethality. We create expert marksmen at their individual weapons, because as an infantry soldier, that’s what we’re asking them to do. Narrator: Recruits get
one of the most painful parts of training out of the way early. Drill sergeant: Once we check your seal, you will not touch your pro-mask. Narrator: This group of infantry recruits was exposed to CS gas, or tear gas, in week one of their training. Drill sergeant: You’re
gonna continue to fall in until we tell you to stop. You’re gonna place your
back against the wall. Narrator: The recruits spend about five minutes inside the gas hut. Upon exiting the gas hut, the recruits are told to
flap their arms like birds to remove excess gas from their uniforms. According to a drill sergeant, the effects of the gas begin to wear off after about four minutes. Some training moves
indoors, like combatives, where recruits learn hand-to-hand
self-defense tactics. Christian Pensado: We’re
trying to teach them to achieve a dominant body position. So, to get out of one negative position and then switch roles so they end up having the
upper hand in a fight. Narrator: During combatives training, recruits warm up with a particularly painful-looking exercise
referred to as the EO. While laying on their backs, they have to engage their core to wiggle across the entire room. Pensado: They use their
momentum, shoulder blades, their core, to help them create space, warm up the body. Narrator: Recruits work
up a major appetite during training. But Fort Benning is big, and they’re not always within range of the dining facility. When they’re training in the field, recruits are issued MREs, which stands for “meal, ready-to-eat.” Each comes with an entrée, like this vegetarian
pasta with taco sauce, along with an assortment of items like mixed fruit, an energy bar, and this instant French
vanilla cappuccino. Recruits just add water,
shake it up, and enjoy. Once they’re fortified, recruits return to their training. Recruits spend up to 60 hours in training known as
MOUT, which stands for military operations in urban terrain. Recruit: Go left, go left! Dewayne Waugh: Infantrymen
are expected to fight in different types of terrain and survive and win the fight. And right now, they are
getting their first taste of what that’s like in
an urban environment. Drill sergeant: Rolling
T. All right, coming up. Waugh: In operations across
Afghanistan and Iraq, we are conducting clearance operations, and it’s applicable wherever we go. It’s important for the future soldiers’ muscle memory, because they are working as a team with minimal communication, and they have to understand how that coordination works together. Drill sergeant: Do it again. Narrator: After 22 weeks of training, these infantrymen are ready
to leave Fort Benning. Friends and family gather to watch their soldiers graduate on Inouye Field. Ricci: They look like soldiers, they act like soldiers, they’re carrying their head high. Recruits: I will never
leave a fallen comrade. Ricci: I have trainees that were not alive when 9/11 happened. I think that’s pretty powerful, that I still can find American citizens that want to volunteer
to serve their country, when we continue to ask
them to go to combat. Narrator: These new infantrymen don’t have long to greet their loved ones. Drill sergeant: Get on the bus! Narrator: Or say goodbye
to their friends… before leaving Fort Benning to begin their service in
the United States Army.

89 thoughts on “What Army Recruits Go Through At Boot Camp

  1. DS Lord @ 8:36 nailed it. It's not just about yelling, you have to ensure privates retain the information. Through out history many recruits from all branches including Army and Marines have failed in the battlefield because of inadequate training. Training hard is not the same as training accordingly.

  2. 5:57, many people will look down on that person but I say there is no shame of quitting, life takes us on many roads until we find the right one.

    Shit I knew 4 guys who quit during reception and 3 of them graduated from College and have a good paying job (pays better than a soldier) and another one is finishing his last year of his education.

  3. This is infantry or other combat MOS at fort benning. This is the hardest one. Other people go to the other Army basic training post

  4. You'd think Business Insider would know what they're talking about but they were off in this video. OSUT is for combat MOS's not for everyone joining the Army. Everyone has to go through Basic Training to officially officially join the Army, then they go to AIT for their MOS training, then sent to their permanent duty station to be with their unit and to do their job there. People who have combat MOS's, however, go through OSUT, which is just Basic Training and their combat job training all in one place.

  5. There are several OSUT training sites, Benning is infantry and armor, Ft Sill is Artillery, etc.

  6. Thank God I'm done with the basic and did the last 14 weeks since 22 weeks is the new basic. Graduated back in Dec 2019 here in Fort Campbell now.

  7. 6:40 Poor guys that’s in echo company it’s a 22 week Cycle now I just graduated there when it was a 16 week cycle most of those drill Sargents are great mentors. It was hell but I really believe them when they talk about creating the best solders🔥

  8. No wonder the US is the world's superpower, I'm shocked by how civilized and modern their military is

  9. "Listen very carefully if you don't want to make your army career very short, then you'd better treat everyone with respect and dignity regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, weight, hair color, hair style, and level of intelligence. Other than that, this is the U.S. Army, we're just happy you joined."

  10. the only thing stop new soilders from graduate is fail the last pt test and that's it

  11. Drill Sergeants get briefed before the camera crew goes in so they have to hold back.

  12. I like how it shows the drill sergeant all relaxed after 11 weeks rather than how the drill sergeants act the first 10 weeks. Making BCT look like summer camp

  13. Not true, not all BCT units are OSUT. Oh and basic is 12 not 22 weeks, that changes based on MOS.

  14. I probably met the officer that escorted this film crew on post. #ifyouaintcavYouaintShit

  15. 11:42 This man is not a "Staff Sgt." If you look at his insignia, which you quickly learn upon service, he is a Sergeant First Class. Make sure you double check this stuff. He has earned the respect of that rank. Address him as it.

  16. What army recruits go through at boot camp:

    Skips 10 weeks and shows week 11

  17. Send them to Congress and the federal reserve, then the dnc. They are the true enemies of our republic. No point fighting banker wars.

  18. First off those are duffle bags and they are POGs if your not blue your not true lmao

  19. At 10:38 that warm up I remembered the first time I ever did escapeman dude flopped around like mad. Now i can do that up and down the mat(ps done from BJJ not army although our couch is ex military and drills us like it)

  20. 11:42
    That's not a Staff Sgt lol
    That's a Sergeant First Class🤦🏼‍♂️

  21. Yooo that black guy cut my hair lol 😂. 1 month later I got discharged

  22. 12 seconds in and they already got it wrong. It is basic combat training. Not Army boot camp. 21 seconds in and they got another thing wrong. One station unit training or 0SUT is only for combat arms MOS’s such as infantry. 2 minutes and 24 seconds in the Staff Sargent would be referred to as Drill Sargent. 7 minutes and 14 seconds in and they got another thing wrong. Those are not ruck sacks above their heads. They are duffel bags.

  23. My Drills did not easy up until after we graduated basic. Then only a little. But that was 81 and had real drill sgts that could act like drills.

  24. This look so chill, I see them looking around and moving, if it was marines they would get fucked up sprinting around.

  25. So is that guy really a barber? Can he actually do other haircuts? Man that has to be boring!

  26. My cousin is in Fort Benning right now training for airborne infantry

  27. Fort benning was one hell of a journey for me. Rollercoasters with unending ups and downs and twists man memories lol

  28. 2003 i went through.BCT.. .ft sill ok…14-TANGO…..WENT ON TO ADA AT .. FT BLISS TX ..RETIRED GRUNT..GOOD TIMES

  29. Marine DIs establish an art with the way they shout at you. They're taught how to shout at you, this just seems so 'lax hahaha.


  31. Any marines watching this?? My god are they soft 🤦🏻‍♂️ and I love how they talk to them like little kids. My god I’m gonna puke.

  32. Currently sitting at the staff duty desk, 15 hours into a 24 hour shift. Went through this back in August 2019 delta 1-19 “wardogs” went to airborne school after that and definitely enjoying what the 82nd airborne has to offer. I’ll tell you what, being an 11c has never felt better. I remember the first day and how scared I felt. The fear goes away, and is replaced by pure accomplishment. AIRBORNE!

  33. Sexual Orientation? As a US ARMY Veteran from the dont ask dont tell era, ALL THESE SOLDIERS ARE PUSSIES, and I could literally take them all on single handedley! This is why we are laughed at all over the world!

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