Basic Training 101

Once your significant other signs his name on the dotted line, the first step he will go through is basic training. Each service branch’s basic training is a little different. Here is a brief overview of each.

Army Basic Combat Training

Army Basic Combat Training is ten weeks long, including reception, and takes place at five bases across the country.

  • Fort Benning, Georgia
  • Fort Jackson, South Carolina
  • Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
  • Fort Sill, Oklahoma

If your SIT has chosen 11x (infantry series), as an MOS, he will most likely be sent to Fort Benning Georgia. Here, Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training will be combined into one school, commonly referred to as OSUT (One Station Unit Training), or Infantry School.

To learn more about Army BCT, click here or hover over “Army BCT” in the “Training” sub menu.

Navy Recruit Training

The Navy only has one recruit training station: Recruit Training Command at Naval Station Great Lakes in Illinois. Navy Recruit Training lasts about eight weeks. This includes processing week, which takes place at the beginning of training.

Air Force Basic Military Training

Like the Navy, the Air Force only has one Basic Military Training station: Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas. Air Force BMT is about nine weeks long, including one week of in-processing, called zero week, and Airmen’s Week at the end of training.

Marine Corps Recruit Training

Marine Corps Recruit Training, popularly referred to as Boot Camp, is the longest basic training of all the military branches. Boot camp is twelve weeks long, not including four days of in-processing, and takes place at two bases.

  • Parris Island, South Carolina
  • Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot, San Diego California

If your recruit is from east of the Mississippi, he will be stationed at Parris Island for Boot Camp. If he is from west of the Mississippi, he will be stationed at San Diego, California.