5 Things To Memorize Before Navy Boot Camp

While these seven things will be covered during Navy Boot Camp,  the more you learn now, the less you have to struggle memorizing when the intensity of training picks up.

Navy Boot Camp – Tips before you ship

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navy 2Before you ship to Great Lakes, IL for Navy boot camp, here are some of the top pieces of advice you should know from other Sandboxx users:

  • Know the 11 General orders
  • Be able to recognize different ranks
  • Get physically fit – it’ll make life a lot easier
  • Know the phonetic alphabet
  • Read the Bluejacket’s Manual
  • Practice ironing military creases in button down, collared shirt. These will be similar to the shirts you will wear at boot camp
  • Try to get promoted before boot camp
  • Learn how to make your bed with 45 degree corners
  • Add your friends and family on Sandboxx so they’ll be able to write to you faster

 

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables comms to exist throughout the military journey. The entire DOD organizational structure built into Sandboxx lets those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by give loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic or on deployment. Learn more about how Sandboxx is revolutionising the way our military community thrives at www.sandboxx.us and download the app here, www.sandboxx.us/app.

What NOT to bring to Navy Boot Camp

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Our last post was a list of items that recruits have to bring to boot camp with them, but what should recruits not bring with them to boot camp?

The following items are UNAUTHORIZED to be possessed by recruits in training:

  1. Large cans of shaving cream. (12oz. or larger)
  2. All aerosol containers.
  3. After shave/cologne.
  4. Lighter fluid.
  5. Disposable Lighters (the fluid cartridge of a “Zippo” lighter will be confiscated, the casing will be retained with)
  6. Magazines, books (non-Navy).
  7. Playing cards, dice, gambling paraphernalia.
  8. Large bulky stationery.
  9. Large hair combs/afro pics, rakes or anything made of metal.
  10. Anything in glass containers including mirrors.
  11. Double edge razors, blades.
  12. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, tobacco, chewing tobacco.
  13. Large deodorants (larger than 4oz).
  14. Alcohol-based health & comfort items.
  15. Portable electronics (Cell phones, pagers, PDAs, CD/cassette players, radios, MP3 players, hand held video games).
  16. Civilian clothing.
  17. Cameras.
  18. Electric razors.
  19. Large hair dryers.
  20. Curling irons.
  21. Other electrical items deemed unnecessary by the staff of RTC.
  22. Food items (gums, candy, chip, etc).
  23. All non-prescription drugs and medications that include but are not limited to:
    • Phisoderm, Phisohex, etc.
    • Foot powders.
    • Rubbing alcohol.
    • Motion sickness medication.
    • Commercial sleeping aide.
    • Decongestants.
    • Acne medications.
    • Antihistamines.
    • Analgesics.
    • Eye wash (exception: saline solution for contacts).
    • Sex related materials (diaphragms, condoms, etc).
    • Vitamins.
  24. Firearms.
  25. Ammunition/fireworks.
  26. Clubs, batons, etc.
  27. Brass knuckles.
  28. All straight razors, knives, ice picks, scissor.
  29. Narcotics/illegal drugs or any paraphernalia.

 

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables comms to exist throughout the military journey. The entire DOD organizational structure built into Sandboxx lets those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by give loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic or on deployment. Learn more about how Sandboxx is revolutionising the way our military community thrives at www.sandboxx.us and download the app here, www.sandboxx.us/app.

What do you need to bring to Navy Boot Camp?

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There are plenty of posts about what recruits can’t take with them to boot camp (see our posts about what not to mail), but what no recruits need to take with them?

The following is a list of items that you must bring to training and are allowed to keep during training

  1. Photo I.D./Drivers License
  2. Social Security Card
  3. Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  4. Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  5. Copies of Dependents Birth Certificates (if applicable)
  6. Complete civilian and military immunization records
  7. Direct Deposit System form with bank account and routing number information

 

Sandboxx is a mobile app that enables comms to exist throughout the military journey. The entire DOD organizational structure built into Sandboxx lets those in uniform and their families stay connected like never before possible. Sandboxx Letters continues the mission by give loved ones the ability to send physical mail to those in basic or on deployment. Learn more about how Sandboxx is revolutionising the way our military community thrives at www.sandboxx.us and download the app here, www.sandboxx.us/app.

What Your Son or Daughter Needs to Know Before Heading to Boot Camp

Aliyah Meehan, Director of Family Affairs, Proud Military Wife and Mother

So your child is heading to boot camp? There are countless emotions running through your mind as you preparing to send off your baby. We can agree that as parents we all want nothing more than our children to be healthy and successful at the goals and dreams they set for themselves. As a proud military wife and mom of three, I can certainly empathize with any parent during those few weeks leading up to the big day, and understand that you want to make sure your child is as prepared as possible for whatever lies outside the comforts of home.

Regardless of whether your child grew up in a military family or is a first generation military member, it is nearly impossible to be fully prepared for the physical and mental challenge of boot camp – and that’s ok. They’ve never done anything like this before. With that said, there are a few tips I would want to know before my firstborn walks out the door. Hopefully the following are lessons that you can share with your son or daughter to help them prepare for this very exciting and challenging chapter in their life.

1) Physical prep will put them ahead of the game

Physical conditioning is a big factor in boot camp. Surprisingly, many men and women go into training and are not physically prepared, resulting in undue stress. Therefore, encourage your child to start personal training ahead of time. This includes everything from push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups and running. Believe it or not, there IS a proper way to do a military style push up. (See video below) Ultimately, this is one of the few things recruits can control and the more prepared they are physically, the less challenging the first few weeks of training will be and the more likely they will be to make it to graduation.

CLICK HERE TO SEE A PROPER PUSH UP

2) Ensure their financials are secure

While your child is off the grid, their personal bills will continue to come in per usual. Help your child to make sure these payments don’t fall behind. This is especially important since many military jobs require a Security Clearance, which often includes good financial standing. Without good financial standing, the government will consider them as a person of risk. If your child allows, help them out by keeping track of their credit score while they are away to look out for any red flags. It’s worth mentioning that they can always plan ahead by contacting their phone company, insurance provider, etc. and asking about automatic pay systems.

3) Have they defined their mission?

Simply put, basic training is meant to be challenging. It’s also just as much of a mental exercise as physical exercise. Therefore, encourage your child to deeply think about what brought them to the decision to enlist – whether that’s a good career, physical health or character building. In the hardest of times, their personal mission is the only thing that will keep them going.

4) Make sure they know that they will hit the ground running

There isn’t much time for your son or daughter to get acclimated to their surroundings, as basic training gets right down to business. They cut their hair and test their physical fitness standards all in the first 24 hours. That being said, instead of your child partying before they leave, it is a better decision to rest up and get plenty of sleep because first impressions are important. Remember…a drill sergeant never forgets! The truth is, the upcoming six weeks will likely be the toughest your child will ever experience in their life, but the reward, once they graduate, will be well worth the hard work and sacrifice for both them and you.

5) Leave the ego at the door

Once again, no matter what background your child comes from, once they arrive at bootcamp, they are no longer in charge of their own life. They are a member of the United States Armed Forces, and the sooner they realize and accept that, the sooner they will succeed. This is a great learning period – the fundamentals of their entire military career. Every moment at basic training is an important one, so encourage your child to walk through the door with an eager and open mind.

6) Communicate with your Recruit through Mailboxx

This is probably going to be the first time in your child’s life that they will not be able to instantly communicate with their friends and family back home. That’s right –Twitter, Snap Chat, Email, Facebook and Google Hangouts are no longer at their fingertips. They will soon come to realize that Mail Call is the best part of their day while they are off the grid. I also understand that you hardly have time to sit down at a desk and write physical letters anymore. That’s why we created Mailboxx.

Now while your child is away, family and friends can keep them updated on all the special moments taking place back home as quickly and easily as you would send a text message. Pictures and messages sent from smartphones back home will be converted into a physical letter that we, at team Sandboxx, will print out and send straight to your soldier’s Mail Call. The best part? Each Mailboxx includes a stamped and addressed return envelope making replies from them just as simple. CLICK HERE TO WATCH HOW IT WORKS.

We know you have already downloaded Sandboxx as you are reading this because, trust me, I know how hard those first few months without seeing his or her Facebook updates or hearing their voice can be, but be sure to spread the word to your family and friends too. Have everyone download Sandboxx before your Poolee leaves so that they can receive Mailboxx after Mailboxx to brighten their days and lend encouragement. We wish your Poolee the best of luck as they head off to boot camp, and thank you for supporting your child as they serve for our freedom.

We salute you,

Aliyah