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CBishop
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Im 16 now and i want to be an infantryman in the army after highschool. So if your not doing ROTC program at college and not going to college atm do they send you off to boot camp a week after you enlist?

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MSG Glenn
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@ CBishop

First off there is no "boot camp" in the Army. That's what they call it in the Navy, Marine Corps & Coast Guard. The Army calls it Basic Combat Training, BCT. If you go in as Infantry you'll attend One Station Unit Training, OSUT. That's BCT & Infantry School run together as one course. It's said to be the hardest in the Army.

ROTC or college is not a requirement for enlisting in the Army. College is only necessary to become an Officer. Of course at least some college is helpful for every Soldier. A high school diploma is a requirement to join at this time.

Even though you have at least a year before you can join the Army you can start preparing right now. The earliest you can go in is age 17 with parent's permission & a high school diploma. You should start studying for the ASVAB. You'll want the highest score you can get to have the best choice of opportunities the Army has to offer. You should start getting into good physical shape. If you can pass the Army's PT test with a good score before you leave for BCT then you'll have an edge & it'll be much easier, especially if you want to be an Infantryman. Start thinking if you'd like any enlistment options like Airborne, Ranger or Special Forces & start preparing if that's what you want to do. You'll also need those in your contract if you want a guarantee of that training.

At this time it's taking 5 - 7 months between signing your contract & shipping to basic. It doesn't go real fast. Of course there are many trying to get in now because of the lack of civilian jobs. It might be different when you're ready to join.

Meanwhile stay out of any sort of trouble. Stay away from drugs. Either could disqualify you. Get that high school diploma.

Good luck & thanks for your interest in enlisting in the Army.

CBishop
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Thank you

I'm in physical shape. I just need to bulk up as i am only 130lbs. I am actually really smart and just wanna do my 4 years active then possibly do college then.

MSG Glenn
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That's a smart plan

Let the government pay for your education. It'll be mostly free for you after serving 4 years in the military. At least that's the policy in place now. I can't see that it'll change much in the future.

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Just a small note about

Just a small note about "bulking up" - in a lot of the physical fitness tests (BCT through *some* of the SF) your size isn't important, it's your strenght-to-weight ratio that matters more. You'll be moving yourself around quite a bit (pushups, pullups, situps, running, crawling, climbing, etc) and any extra weight that you're carrying can come back to bite you.

You need to be strong, no doubt, especially for some of the SF training (if that's what your interested in), but don't think that you have to be "big" to be successful in the Army.

MSG Glenn
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Admin is absolutely right

Endurance & cardio are more important than becoming a Superman. A certain amount of upper body strength is required but if you just stick to the basics - running, push-ups, sit-ups & pull-ups, you'll be just fine. Try to be able to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test before you ship to BCT. A two mile run, two minutes each of sit-ups & push-ups are all that's required. You'll be doing pull-ups in BCT & Airborne School if you decide to go as well.

I recommend running 2 miles every other day followed immediately by 2 minutes of push-ups & sit-ups. Do those daily. On non-running days do some other form of cardio such as swimming, hiking, rowing, etc. Work your way gradually. Don't force yourself to avoid injury. Do a full 2 miles, though, even if you have to walk some of that. If you're planning on going into any Special Operations such as Special Forces or Rangers try to get to be able to max the APFT. Otherwise by just passing with a good score is sufficient. BCT isn't all that hard, even Infantry which is probably the hardest.

CBishop
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Thanks

Thanks guys. A lot of information. When i said "Bulk up" i meant gaining weight by running and lots of exercises to increase my muscles. I can do 30 pull ups easily and 100 push ups no sweat. I need to start running though and build my cardio and endurance. I will start TODAY!