Preparing for Army Basic Training

Headed to Army Basic Training?

Basic training is an extremely stressful time. Sleep deprivation, physical exhaustion, and yelling instructions doesn’t exactly create the ideal study environment. Do yourself a favor by memorizing these 6 things to know and learn before Army Basic Training. By doing this, it should give you a few less things to worry about or the very least save yourself some pushup


1. Army Officer and Enlisted Ranks

2. Soldiers Creed

I am an American Solider
I am a Warrior and a member
of a team
I serve the people of the
United States and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first. 
I will never accept defeat. 
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and
mentally tough, trained and proficient
in my warrior tasks and drills.
I always maintain my arms, my equipment
and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage and
destroy the enemies of the United States
of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the
American way of life.
I Am An American Solider.


3. General Orders

1st General  Order:
I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.

2nd General Order:
I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner.

3rd General Order
I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions, to the commander of the relief.

Tips for Memorizing: 
The best way to memorize the Army general orders is to NOT memorize them in order. Its good to know them in any order, as your drill sergeants will likely be asking you in any order they wish.  To prepare for that, have your friends and family you, ” General order #”, and at anytime the more unexpected the better.

4. Code of Conduct

I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.

I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.

If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.

If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause

I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

6. Army Core Values:

These are the seven Army Core Values that all soldiers live by.

L- Loyalty
D- Duty
R- Respect
S- Selfless Service
H- Honor
I- Integrity
P- Personal Courge

Learn more about the Army Core Values from a former Army Infantryman.


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