How to Train for Army Boot Camp

So, you've made that critical decision: You're going to join the United States Army. However, you know you're not ready for boot camp, and you want to do your best on your physical fitness test. Maybe this will help.


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    Start a fitness plan. Don't focus on your weakness or your strengths, focus on EVERYTHING. Once you sign that contract, you are the property of the Army, and you complaining about sit-ups will just give them more reasons to make you do MORE sit-ups.
    • Even if you are pretty out of shape, you can get in shape...start our walking. Before long, one mile is a few miles!
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    Remember, only you know what's best for yourself. Don't start a plan you downloaded from a website for Olympic athletes if you know that's not your level. You'll just get discouraged and hurt yourself trying. Write your own plan. You want to join the Green Berets? Then that's the goal you're pushing for, and that's the last step. For example, start out trying to do 5 push-ups in a row. So, to do those 5, make a plan to do 20 over the course of the day. Remember, muscle doesn't heal while you take a break during an exercise, muscle heals while you sleep.
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    Have a goal. Doing something like this gives you something to aim for, and will serve you well when you're taking that fitness test. It will also help boot camp become a learning experience with all that's being taught to you. You won't be physically exhausted and just trying to survive day to day.
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    If possible, take a course in the use of firearms. Of course, your instructors will teach you everything you need to know, but accuracy will help get you the Army job you want, commonly referred to as an MOS. Don't expect to get into Sniper School with a great smile.
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    Learn some least one extra. If you want to really excel in your career in the Army, take a few language courses and learn to speak something foreign to you. Not only will this show ambition on your part, but it will make you all the more valuable, and show that you're willing to get outside of your comfort zone.
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    Remember that these are just suggestions. Take everything you see when it comes to your life, no matter what aspect of it, and take it with a grain of salt. Remember, recruiters from all branches have quotas, and they will do their best to distract you to get you to sign those papers. READ THEM: You don't want to end up peeling potatoes in Alaska in the middle of the winter or something like that that you'll hate.


  • Always maintain and use firearms with safety ever present in your mind. You don't want to train for months just to be ineligible for service because you blew your foot off.
  • With the exercise plan, one method is not better than the other. Use them for levels, and it does not reflect each job's individual difficulty. These are just suggestions. Feel free to change yours around however you want.


  • Joining the Army, or any branch of the Armed Forces, requires a lot of reflection into yourself, and your life goals. A tattoo you got after a bad night of drinking can be surgically removed to a point. A four year contract can not.
  • Consult your physician before starting an exercise plan.

Things You'll Need

  • Space to exercise.

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