Monday, September 6, 2010

Your Drill Sergeant Doesn't Want To Be Your Friend!

I know this sounds like a no brainer but some trainees try to be friends with the drill sergeant and abruptly find out that this will not happen.

In the civilian world we’re taught from a very young age to be friendly and pleasant with most everyone we meet. This is not the case with the drill sergeants at basic training. The drill sergeant is not your friend. He’s not interested in things you’ve done as a civilian and certainly doesn’t care about your personal views or past experiences. He knows that basic training is deadly serious and your future in the military be it in a combat situation or not may have severe life or death consequences based on the training you receive. When the drill sergeants yell endlessly at you, don’t take it personally. They have nothing against you and have been trained to understand that for basic training to be effective at producing defenders of freedom, there can be no place for drill sergeant slash trainee relationships. There will be those rare times throughout basic training when you’re drill sergeant will show his human face and surprise everyone by saying something funny or unexpected. But you’ll be able to count those times on one hand. Come graduation day, you’ll notice a change in your drill sergeant as he no longer acts like the slavedriver you once perceived him to be and displays more of a proud parent attitude because of what you’ve become.

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