Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Military Boot Camp?
How Much Do You Know About Military Boot Camp?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

“This is my rifle. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my rifle is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless.” In the Vietnam War movie “Full Metal Jacket,” viewers see that boot camp — also called basic training — is an intense and purposeful part of Army recruit development. What do you really know about United States Armed Forces boot camp?

If war is hell, boot camp is the spark that lights Lucifer’s fire. It’s here that green recruits say farewell to their individuality and learn to embrace a true team spirit. Together, they succeed, and together they fail. New soldiers face extreme scrutiny, embarrassment and sometimes a lot worse. What do you know about the psychological conditioning that’s involved in new soldier acclimatization?

Each phase of basic training is meant to challenge and develop specific attributes in new recruits. Are you familiar with the various phases of boot camp? And do you know how long these phases last? Some new soldiers say that boot camp is a breeze — others suffer in the merciless physical and mental hurdles that these challenges pose.

Drop and give me 20 in this tough boot camp quiz! If you can’t suffer through, maybe it’s because, as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman would say, “You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!”

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"Boot camp" is also known as _____.
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What is one of the first — and most — important goals of boot camp?
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As a requirement of basic training, male recruits must shave which parts of their bodies?
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In America, basic training is broken into how many parts?
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Which person is in charge of most basic training in America’s military?
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How long is basic training?
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Army recruits must learn everything about the M16A2, which is what?
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What’s the purpose of "PT"?
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What happens in the first week of basic training?
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Basic training is meant to instill "esprit de corps" in new soldiers. What does that mean?
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True or false, do women have to shave their heads for boot camp?
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What is the first week of basic training called?
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During boot camp, every recruit is assigned a ______.
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During classroom instruction, recruits learn the Army’s ____ core values.
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During basic training, some soldiers are assigned rubber ducks, which are what?
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Recruits must address drill sergeants by what title?
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In the second week of basic training, recruits start unarmed combat training, which is better known as _____.
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Which phase of training is the hardest?
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In the White Phase, recruits finally get a chance to _____.
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What do recruits do at the "confidence tower"?
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In tough field training exercises, there is no access to a dining hall, so troops eat _____.
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True or false, during gas mask drills, are recruits required to remove their gas masks?
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During basic training, soldiers may receive an MOS, which is what?
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In boot camp, recruits learn Combat Life Saver skills, which is _____.
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