Military Training

Melvin Bonilla

What is Military Training?

Military Training is the way soldiers prepare themselves for wars, just like football players have practices and conditioning to prepare for their opponents.


  • Army soldiers have three phrases in order to graduate which is a 10 week program; "red, white and blue. The red and white phases each are three weeks long; blue phase is four weeks"(Tan). These three phases are used to get the soldiers mentally and physically prepare. "Whenever the Army gets smaller, the quality of individuals need to be higher,"(Tan). "At the end of the red phase, soldiers must successfully complete four out of five tasks in order to move on"(Tan) to the white phase. "The soldiers' company commander chooses the five tasks"(Tan) that the soldiers have to pass. The next phase (which is the white phase) would just get harder physically and mentally for the soldiers. "Those who pass the red phase will earn a patch"(Tan).
  • The white phase is harder than the red phase. "At the end of the white phase, soldiers must successfully complete seven out of nine tasks in order to move on"(Tan) to the blue phase. For the white phase, "tasks could include qualifying on your weapon or throwing a live grenade"(Tan).
  • "The blue-and final- phase, soldiers take all the skill sets they've learned and they're evaluated on their performance by moving on to the field"(Tan). "The phase culminates with a 95.5 - hour field training exercise"(Tan). "Soldiers must then complete 18 out of 20 tasks in order to graduate"(Tan).
  • "The end-of-cycle a requirement for graduation"(Tan). This test is what really catches my attention, soldiers have to "complete the less than 6 hours"(Tan). "Soldiers are now required to complete four road marches - a 4K, 8K, 12K and 16K- throughout the 10 week basic training"(Tan).
  • "The goal is to increase the quality of soldiers as they enter the army"(Tan). Military training is "building soldiers who are ready to think at their first assignment"(Tan).


  • "The secret to Navy expertise is simple: train, train and train some more"(American's Navy). When you enlist yourself into the navy, you will be sent to boot camp. Boot camp "is more like huge college campus that includes both classroom and lots of hands-on training"(American's Navy). Boot camp is located in "Great Lake, Illinois"(Today's Military).
  • "The combination of physical training, field exercises and classroom time makes individuals strong and capable"(Today's Military). It take about 8 weeks to graduate from Navy boot camp.
  • Week 1: This week is call "In-processing"(Navy Boot Camp..) week. This is when you be "taught the right way to fold and store your new belongings and how make your bunk"(Navy Boot Camp..). Also you will get a haircut. "You will push your physical limits and achieve higher performance levels than you ever thought possible"(Navy Boot Camp..). You "will.. be filled with conditioning, swimming, marching, drilling, and most importantly, attending Navy classes"(Navy Boot Camp...).
  • Week 2: This week is call "Confidence"(Navy Boot Camp..) week, "Teamwork and confidence are the themes for week 2"(Navy Boot Camp..). You will "be going through the confidence course, a course designed to simulate shipboard situations you could encounter in an emergency"(Navy Boot Camp..). So, whenever you have an emergency on the ship you will have the confidence to stay calm and do what you have to do to save "the lives of your fellow shipmates"(Navy Boot Camp..).
  • Week 3: This week is call "Hands-Ons"(Navy Boot Camp..) week, "Everything will be hands-on"(Navy Boot Camp..). "You'll board a land-bound training ship"(Navy Boot Camp..), you will learn "everything from ships names, to first aid techniques, to signaling with flags"(Navy Boot Camp..). In the classroom, you will focus "on customs and courtesies, laws of armed conflict , money management and shipboard communication"(Navy Boot Camp). Also "you will.. have your first physical training test"(Navy Boot Camp).
  • Week 4: This week is call "Live Fire"(Navy Boot Camp..) week. "You will have the opportunity to train with the M-16 and a 12-gauge shotgun. When you've proven you know how to properly use both, you'll move to the live-fire range"(Navy Boot Camp..). In week 4, you will have "an academic test on everything you've learned to date"(Navy Boot Camp..).
  • Week 5: This week is call "Career" week. "Where you want to go, what you want to do, and how fast you intend to get there"(Navy Boot Camp..) is what you going to figure out. "This week is all about you"(Navy Boot Camp...).
  • Week 6: This week is call "FIre Safety"(Navy Boot Camp) week. "You'll learn many ship safety techniques such as how to extinguish fires, escape smoke-filled compartments, open and close watertight doors ...and carry fire hoses"(Navy Boot Camp..). You will have "another academic test and the most challenging if all, is the Confidence Chamber"(Navy Boot Camp). This is where you have to push yourself mentally, "you and about 100 others recruits will line up and put on a gas mask while a tear gas tablets is lit. You'll be ordered to remove your mask and throw it in a trash can while reciting your full name and social security number"(Navy Boot Camp..).
  • Week 7: This week is call "Battle Stations"(Navy Boot Camp..) week. This is when you could win "the ultimate reward, a U.S. Navy Ball Cap. This cap tells the world you're no longer a recruit, but a full-fledged Navy Sailor"(Navy Boot Camp..). You will take the "Navy boot camp's ultimate test. This exercise consists of 12 different scenarios incorporating everything you have learned during the previous weeks. You and your team will be graded on your ability to execute the required tasks"(Navy Boot Camp..), if your team complete the tasks then you will be reward with the "Ball cap"(Navy Boot Camp..).
  • Week 8: This week is call "Graduation" week. Which explain itself, you will graduate if you pass week 7. But "not everybody makes it; not everybody should"(Navy Boot Camp..). If you don't graduate then you have to start the boot camp all over, it's like failing a course class. You will have to take the class all over again.

Air Force

  • The Basic Military Training takes 8 weeks to complete. "Once you step off the bus, your journey officially begins. You'll be assigned to a military training instructor who will give you direction and guide you through your transformation during"(U.S. Air Force) process.
  • Week 1: You will have a "PT Evaluation"(Air Force Basic Training...) to see where you're at physically. "You'll learn the basics of Air Force life and condition your body for the physical requirements needed to graduate"(U.S. Air Force). You will be given a weapon, and they will teach you how to fold your clothes and make your bunk properly.
  • Week 2: You will "learn about the Air Force's proud history and rich heritage as you begin preparing for your role as an elite warrior"(U.S. Air Force). You will be taught the right way to salute and where you should have your fingers when you salute. You will read books about Air Force and you will know the important of stretching.
  • Week 3: "You'll learn and embrace your role in countering diverse threats to national security, including terrorist attacks and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive(CBRNE) weapons"(U.S. Air Force). You will take "Flight Drill and Marching Drill"(Air Force Basic Training..). You will be mental prepare for "Combat"(Air Force Basic Training) and you know the importance of "leadership"(Air Force Basic Training).
  • Week 4: "You'll learn defensive fighting techniques and lifesaving skills so you'll know what to do while under enemy fire and have the knowledge you need to save your life and those of your fellow Airmen"(U.S. Air Force). You will do an "Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Training"(Air Force Basic Training) course. They will teach you "no pain or gain"(U.S. Air Force).
  • Week 5: This will be the "most challenging week of Basic Military Training, you'll begin honing your skills through field training exercises and combat scenarios designed to bring out the wingman and warrior in you"(U.S. Air Force). Everything that you were taught, you will put it in action. You will get your "Certification for CPR"(Air Force Basic Training..), you will know how to give CPR.
  • Week 6: This week will be the "final evaluations of your physical fitness and airmanship skills will begin to take place, and you'll continue to learn more about the history and heritage of the Air Force"(U.S. Air Force). You will take a "Tactical Assualt Course"(Air Force Basic Training).
  • Week 7: This week "you'll celebrate your accomplishment in front of friends and family with the Airman's Run and graduation ceremony"(U.S. Air Force). Also you will take the last "Physical Training Evaluation"(Air Force Basic Training).
  • Week 8: The last week you will be "spent reinforcing core values and what it means to be an Airman in today's Air Force"(U.S. Air Force). It will be where you will be reminded why you started AIr Force Basic Military Training.


  1. What effect does the military training have on military personnel? A: The employees prepare young recruiters to become great soldiers and warriors mentally and physically. At the end of military training, the personnel should tell themselves that they had taught the recruiters everything they could to prepare them for life and for the wars.
  2. How America public view military training? A: Some citizens believe that military training is too much for the recruiters. The public think that military trainers be training the recruiters too much and too long, but in reality the trainers are just doing their job. The recruiters need to be push pass their limits because in wars they have nobody but their self. The recruiters need to know how to do their job properly and safely.
  3. How military views military training? A: Military have to do a boot camp to get the recruiters prepare for war. To fight for the United States of American, it takes a lot of bravery and courage. It takes discipline also, and that's what the boot camp is for. Boot camp prepare the recruiters mentally, physically and emotionally to battle and to defend the land of United States.
  4. What programs/resources are in place to help combat military? A: The military get help from factories because the factories are the ones that are making the equipments for the military so they can process their military training to the recruiters. Also military have each other for help; Navy, Air Force and Army helps each other so they all can be successful and they can all defend the greatest country in the world, UNITED STATES !