Monday, September 6, 2010

Don't waste Time Before Shipping To Basic Training, Prepare NOW!

Know your 7 core values

You’ll have to memorize many things in Basic Training and you’ll eventually be asked to recite by memory something you were given ample to learn.

One of these things will be the 7 core values: Leadership, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage. Not knowing the 7 core values is a good way to find out just how loud the drill sergeants can yell. Memorizing them before you ship out will give you one less thing to stress about and one less reason for the drill sergeant to focus on you. Remember, you’re going to be yelled at anyway but you’ll feel better knowing it’s not because you didn’t prepare beforehand.

Staff Sergeant Brito is a recruiter with the California Army National Guard. He is a veteran of thirteen years of both the US Army and the Army National Guard. Email him at He has posted numerous videos on about preparing for Basic Training. Click here to view them