Women might want to get their hair cut short before going since the barbers on post are known only for cutting hair short and not necessarily for any skill with making the haircut look nice.
Set up a bank account before leaving for basic training. Bring your account information and an ATM/debit card with you. If you don't have an account set up, the staff will require that you immediately establish an account at the base's credit union or bank. Unfortunately, waiting to set up an account when you get to BCT typically results in several weeks of waiting for a debit card and will hamper your ability to easily access your pay.
What to bring to BCT
Social Security card
Valid driver's license or current state identification card
A direct deposit form from your checking account signed by a bank official, or the name, address, account number, and routing number of your financial institution (if applicable)
Original or certified copies of your marriage certificate, divorce decree, or separation order (if applicable)
Original or certified copies of birth certificates of children under 18; affidavit of support from parents; court documents and direct deposit forms if ordered to pay spousal and/or child support (if applicable)
Proof of citizenship (if you were not born in the United States)
If you are married to a service member in the military, you need to have the name, Social Security number, and military address of your spouse
Copies of your lease agreement or rental contract for any dependents residing outside of government quarters (if applicable)
Original or certified ROTC documentation (if applicable)
Original college transcripts; GED or high school diploma
Be sure to have all copies of orders and documents issued by your unit Recruiter and/or MEPS. These orders must be delivered by you and by hand. Travel and meal tickets will be provided.
One outfit of casual, comfortable clothing
Three sets of white underwear for men and three sets of white cotton panties and bras, one full slip, and flesh-tone nylons or pantyhose for women
Pair of white, calf-length athletic socks (no color bands, designs, or logos)
Pair of comfortable shoes
Eyeglasses (simple, not designer)
One small suitcase or duffel bag
Black shower shoes
Women may wear quarter-inch or smaller pearl, gold, silver, or diamond spherical earrings with US Army uniforms, except for the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) and physical fitness uniform.
Personal Care Items
Disposable/safety razor with blades
Shaving cream (optional for women)
Toothbrush with case
Hairbrush or 6" black comb
One washcloth and towel
Black shower shoes
Cotton swabs and balls (not so much for your ears as much as for cleaning your rifle)
foot powder or cream
moleskin (for blister prevention)
Soap and soap case
Personal black bag to hold all your toiletries.
Tons of cough drops
Small notepads and pen/pencil
Cheap digital watch with black band
Old white shirt or other thin cloth to use for polishing shoes/boots
Basic shoe polish kit
$10, but no more than $50 in cash
Traveler's Checks or Money Orders (Personal checks are not recommended because of limited check-cashing facilities.)
What to Leave at Home
You really don't need to bring anything that isn't listed above to boot camp. Especially avoid bringing any alcohol, tobacco products, drugs (nonprescription, paraphernalia), items that could be weapons (pocket knives, steel hair picks, razor blades), pornographic material, expensive items (jewelry, cameras, personal electronics), and items that could be used for gambling (playing cards, dice, dominoes). Of course, you will need to leave your family and pets at home; the US Army will not provide housing for them yet.
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