Basic: Surviving Boot Camp and Basic Training

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Macmillan, May 8, 2012 - History - 320 pages
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There is absolutely nothing in the American experience comparable to basic training or boot camp. If you haven’t been through it, you can’t understand it.

But if you’ve been through it, you never forget it.

No matter where they live, all American fighting men and women have one thing in common: They have survived basic military training. They’ve crawled through the swamps on Parris Island, stood in the frigid cold guarding a Dumpster at Great Lakes, struggled to complete fifteen bars on the horizontal ladder to get to the chow hall at Ft. Jackson, fought desperately to stay awake after long days without sleep at Lackland. They were shaved and screamed at, they barely ate, they marched a hundred miles, and they accomplished things they never would have dreamed were possible. They made the epic journey from civilian to soldier in eight weeks… and gained a lifetime of memories in the process.

If you’ve done it, you will recognize the Drill Instructors, the marching chants, the movie segments, the proper way to make a hospital corner, the jokes, the camaraderie and the shared feeling of triumph. And those who haven’t done it—yet—will understand and appreciate this life-changing experience.

Basic is the story of that training. Col. Jack Jacobs and David Fisher tell the funny, sad, dramatic, poignant, and sometimes crazy history of how America has trained its military, told through the indelible memories of those who remember the experiences as if they happened yesterday.

  

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User Review  - Marie - Goodreads

Great book. Brought back great and not so great memories of basic training. I enjoyed learning about the different branches of the service and how they conduct their recruit training. If you have been ... Read full review

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User Review  - Darren Sapp - Goodreads

A must read for those that survived boot camp regardless of branch of service. I laughed out loud several times at the antics and awkwardness that comes with boot camp. Jacobs includes several first-hand accounts spanning seventy years of basic training. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

 In addition to his Medal of Honor, Colonel Jack Jacobs (Ret.) is the recipient of three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars. He is the Vice Chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, holds the McDermott Chair of Humanities and Public Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and is an on-air analyst for NBC News. Colonel Jacobs is also the author of the Colby Award-winning memoir  If Not Now, When?  He lives in New Jersey.David Fisher is the author of more than fifty books, including sixteen  New York Times  bestsellers. He lives in New York.

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