Boot camps are specially designed training camps for new recruits who have made a brave decision to join one of the world’s most elite forces, which includes the U.S. Army, Air force, Marine Corps, Navy SEALs, and Coastguard.
These elite forces handle some of the most sophisticated and highly delicate missions in the world, such as saving lives, repelling terrorist forces, saving hostages, and keeping the world as safe as possible every day – and these highly critical missions are not reserved for wimps.
These organizations are always searching for the best deserving people who can embody their mission and vision for the world, and boot camps are the perfect places to find the right people they really need.
The training inside the boot camps is designed to test the limits of one’s physical, intellectual, and emotional limits because toughness in these specific areas is crucial when facing real enemies on the battlefield and surviving in a life-threatening situation.
That’s why boot camps are an essential part of every elite organization because it ensures that only the toughest and brightest men and women can join in their ranks and preserve their reputation as one of the most elite and advanced organizations in the world.
These boot camps aren’t specifically made to compete with each other, but it seems that there’s one question that everybody wants to ask: Which of these boot camps are the fairest (or rather the toughest) of them all?
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Let’s explore the toughest and most grueling boot camps around the globe.
At Number 7, Navy SEAL Bootcamp
A new recruit that is looking to be a candidate for the SEAL training must complete and pass the Navy SEAL Physical Screening Test or more commonly known as (PST), which is a set of requirements that a new recruit must complete to officially join the SEAL training.
The NAVY Seal Training Program consists of intense training such as Basic Underwater Demolition, Basic Conditioning, SCUBA Skills, Land warfare, Basic Parachute Training, and Advanced Training.
The Basic Underwater Demolition training, also known as BUD/S, is divided into different phases that test a candidate’s physical and mental limits and his leadership skills.
The intensity of training keeps on getting higher each week as the candidate progresses in each phase.
The first phase of the training is called Basic Conditioning, the second one is Diving, and the third one is Land Warfare.
The Basic Conditioning consists of physical conditioning and a close study of hydrographic surveys and charts.
The Diving training teaches candidates about various and crucial SCUBA diving skills, long-distance underwater transit drives, and closed-circuit combat diving while the land warfare training consists of small-units tactics, land-navigation, military land, weapons training, and underwater explosives.
After graduating from the BUD/S training, the candidates are not yet done with intensive training as they need to undergo several more training to smoothen and sharpen their remaining rough edges.
The post-BUD/S Navy SEAL Training includes Basic Parachute Training and Advanced Training.
Under the Basic Parachute Training, candidates are trained for diving medicine and medical skills training in the Special Operations Medical Course (for medical personnel).
Once a candidate has passed on this training, he will proceed with S.D.V. Team or the Special Delivery Vehicle Team for duty. Once a candidate has completed all these trainings; he would then undergo more advanced training, which includes Explosive Breacher, SEAL tactical communications training, Military Free-fall parachuting, and being a Sniper.
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Number 6, The Night Stalkers Bootcamp
The U.S. Air Force picks up the best aviators in the world through the intensive ‘Green Platoon’ program, a five-week course designed to sharpen soldiers’ capabilities in combat skills of first response, combative weapons, land navigation, and most important of all – their skills in teamwork.
The Green Platoon program does not produce good or better aviators, but only the best and highly skilled individuals that can fulfill the big and critical duties of a Night Stalker.
The soldiers are also grounded on the philosophy of this specific force through field and classroom sessions.
Since the Green Platoon program is not really for ‘newbies’ but for soldiers with prior experience on other training, the program expects that anyone who decides to join its intensive training is already equipped with basic skills and philosophies that must be seen in soldiers.
One of the Green Platoon’s main jobs is to build upon these skills and capabilities and sharpen them even more.
One of the intensive training that this program offers is its First Responder Training, which is used to be known as Combat Lifesavers Training. In this training, soldiers must complete six days of combined classroom instructions and field exercises, focusing on casualty assessment and initial treatment on the battlefield.
One fascinating part of the First Responder Training is a simulated recovery of a downed aircraft with injured crews, which gives soldiers a taste of how it feels like to be in this extreme situation.
For their land navigation training, the soldiers are retrained on navigating and using a topographic map and compass to hone their navigation skills further.
This training also teaches soldiers about the critical escape and evasion skills that would prepare them for worst-case scenarios.
Arguably the favorite part of soldiers in this training is a whole week with nothing but testing different kinds of ammunition to familiarize themselves with various weapons, including M-9 pistol, M-4 Carbine, and AK-47.
A final stress shot is conducted to measure the soldiers’ skills in handling these weapons.
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Number 5, Marine Corps Basic Training Bootcamp
A new Marine Corps recruit will undergo an intensive three-phase training program.
The first phase includes intensive but highly regulated physical training, including martial arts.
The less intensive parts of this phase are learning the first aid procedures, learning the history of the Marine Corps, getting their first haircut, receiving their Marine Corps uniform and related gears, and being given full medical and dental screenings.
But the new recruits’ comfortable situation won’t last long as they would be immediately deployed on their first intensive test called Initial Strength Test, a test that includes one and a half-mile run, sit-ups and pull-ups to test if they are fit for the training.
This is not part of the training, but a test if a candidate is fit to undergo intensive training activities. The Initial Strength Test is basically a process to weed out the weaklings as early as possible and to really pick the ones with the true potential.
The remaining part of the phase is spent under the supervision of trained weapons experts to teach the candidates about the necessary skills in weapons handling.
One thing that candidates must fulfill in the first phase of their training is completing the Confidence Course, an 11-station obstacle course that helps build confidence and upper-body strength.
The second phase of their training is specifically designed to sharpen the candidates’ close combat skills.
Also, building upon what they have learned about weapons on their Phase One training, the candidates will undergo Master Marksmanship Training, where their knowledge and confidence in weapons will be developed.
After that, the intensity of the training gradually increases as they will now undergo a gas chamber training and field firing range, to train them on possible scenarios that might happen in real-life combat.
For the third phase, the candidates will undergo intensive swimming qualifications and a defensive driving course. This phase would also test the extent of their knowledge on critical first aid procedures and the history of Marine Corps
All candidates who have successfully ‘survived’ on all these three intensive phases will be qualified for Graduation.
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At Number 4, Army Basic Training Bootcamp
The Basic Combat Training is divided into three phases and lasts for about ten weeks, depending on one’s Military Occupation Service or M.O.S.
These three phases are called the Red Phase, White Phase, and Blue Phase.
For the Red Phase, one of the first things that candidates have to go through is general orientation, receiving their army uniform, and their army-issue haircut.
Candidates will then undergo physical readiness training, briefings on first aid procedures, confidence building, road marches, and formation marching.
They will also go through the introduction of CBRN Readiness or the Chemical Radioactive Biological and Nuclear readiness, which includes the correct usage of breathing masks.
The White Phase is mostly about weapons familiarization and handling. For this phase, candidates will begin to train on their assigned primary weapons, learn to engage on targets at different distances, and explore the basics of rifle marksmanship.
One more interesting training for this phase is the candidates are trained on how to prioritize multiple targets simultaneously, a worst-case scenario that they would surely experience in a real-life battle later in their career as a soldier.
Also, the candidates have to go through on more obstacle courses and rappel on a back-breaking 50-foot structure called the Warriors Tower.
The Blue Phase tests everything that the candidates have learned from the last two phases, and this is the phase that would determine a candidate’s eligibility to become a civilian soldier.
The Blue Phase continues the candidates’ journey on learning advanced marksmanship and maneuvering techniques that now include disabling improvised devices, learning the ropes of convoy operations, and engaging targets.
As a fitting ending for this training, the candidates will undergo a multiple-day land navigation course to test their survival, fitness, and Soldier skills. These are the final hurdles that the candidates must fulfill to be able to become a recognized Civilian Soldier of the United States.
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At Number 3, Coast Guard Basic Training Bootcamp
The first four weeks of Coast Guard training would be easy for candidates because this initial training is only composed of standard training, but after fulfilling the next hurdle, which is the midterm exam, things will be tougher for the candidates as everything will become hands-on.
Candidates will be assigned to a ‘company’ and meet their Company Commanders or ‘CC,’ a leader that would help the candidates ‘transform’ from civilians to military professionals.
For the fundamentals training, one of the first things that the candidates must go through after being introduced to their respective companies is to undergo physical fitness training and introduction to the necessary knowledge they need to learn.
One important tip: The more knowledge that a candidate can memorize before undergoing a training, the better he can handle his incoming hands-on training.
For the candidates’ mid training, which will take place at the fourth training week, they will take a midterm exam that would advance them on the next level of their training – that is, if they passed that midterm exam.
After passing the midterm exam, it will be a whole new world for the candidates, a new world filled with hand-on training, which is a lot different from their pre-midterm days of training.
For this next phase, candidates will now complete an Assignment Data Card or A.D.C., which tells the Coast Guard the area that a candidate wants to serve, but candidates are actually assigned to any areas where the Coast Guard needs them, aside from the area they choose to serve.
During this training period, candidates would undergo hands-on training like fire fighting, marksmanship, and seamanship, including classroom instructions.
At the final leg of the fifth training week, candidates will then receive orders, and at this point, candidates are now getting closer and closer to becoming an official member of the Armed Forces.
The ironic but welcome thing for candidates is that the final week of their training ends with the least intensive part of their whole training – A CPR and First Aid Training, which is a great way to end their stressful, challenging yet fulfilling training.
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Number 2. Air Force Basic Training Bootcamp
The Air Force training activities feature the same type of eight-week program used by the Navy, but with Air Force’s training, there is a considerably less hands-on time on actual navigation equipment, which appears, though they may not say openly, a precaution for mishandling the U.S Force’s multi-million (or billion) dollar equipment.
Candidates will spend eight and a half weeks learning various things which starts, not on Week One, but on Week Zero.
From Week Zero up to Week Three, candidates would first undergo less intensive activities, which includes military haircuts, receiving uniform clothing and equipment, medical and dental appointments, drill positions and marching, parade marching, and mental preparation for the combat.
These activities are crucial in forming a solid foundation among candidates, but the real action and intensity begin at Week Four, where candidates must brace themselves for the beginning of a series of limit-pushing activities that would test their eligibility to become a part of the U.S. Air Force.
From Week Five to Week Eight, candidates will undergo a series of intense training, which includes Mental Combat Preparation, Tactical Assault Course, M9 (MM) Pistol Training, Joint Warfare, and Combat Stress Recovery.
There are cases when some candidates have ‘surrendered’ midway into the training or on the last leg of the training, which is a nonverbal giveaway that they don’t have what it takes to be part of the elite force.
But of course, happier stories dominate the Air Force Basic Training history as many candidates who have fulfilled the training discovered that they could conquer their fears and exceed their self-imposed potentials.
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At Number 1, The Special Forces Bootcamp
The word ‘Special’ in the Special Forces Bootcamp wasn’t put there just for anything, because this training camp is indeed special, with its special training, special equipment, and special environment that is intended to breed special forces.
And special forces cannot be molded on conventional training alone, it must be special and way more advanced than the others. In other words, their boot camps must be tougher than the others.
S.F. Candidates starts their career at B.C.T. or the Basic Combat Training, which provides a nine-week intensive training for the brave souls who want to join the Special Forces.
After completing the Basic Combat Training, candidates will then go to the Infantry School to learn the ropes of using various weapons such as howitzers and mortars, which would be a critical part of their career as Special Forces.
But before the candidates can advance further, they must first complete the Basic Airborne Course, which trains the candidates to deal and act on critical airborne situations. The training for Special Forces candidates is indeed ‘special’ as it really makes sure that only the best candidates can be picked and join the elite force.
The training is divided into various phases, such as Special Force Qualification Course Phase 1A and 1B, Special Forces Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, and Phase 5.
Phase 1A training includes an advanced level of physical training and land navigation that lasts up to four weeks.
As with any training, the intensity gets higher and higher and pushes the candidates’ limits even further.
Phase 2 focuses on small unit tactics, weapons handling, resisting the enemy’s interrogations and exploitations, survival training, avoiding capture, and escaping captivity.
Phase 3 is where the candidates can finally choose their M.O.S. or the Military Operational Specialty. Candidates can now choose if they want to be an S.F. Weapons Sergeant, SF Engineer Sergeant, SF Medical Sergeant, or an S.F. Communications Sergeant.
Phase 4 focuses on language training, which trains a candidate to be literate in various languages that would be very helpful in critical missions like understanding and thwarting foreign enemies.
Phase 5 is the most intensive part of the training, where all the skills that the candidates have learned from the past 4 phases will now be put to the test.
Candidates will undergo a grueling 5-week long training known as Robin Sage, which would further test their limits.
This training is designed to force the candidates to apply everything they have learned and test their willingness to survive in extreme challenges and situations to prove that they have what it takes to be an official member of the elite Special Forces.
Elite forces aren’t called ‘elite’ for nothing.
For special organizations that deal with highly critical missions that determine a country’s national safety, the search for highly qualified individuals has a direct impact on national security.
Bravery is not the only requirement that these organizations seek, but also physical, mental, and moral strength that would stay tough even in the most dangerous situations.
That is why boot camps are established to weed out the brave ones from the qualified ones. Also, it serves as a simulation of the scenarios that candidates, if ever they become an official member of an elite force.
Though boot camps can never be as close with the real-life situations that elite forces are dealing with everyday, it is a perfect tool to search for the most qualified individuals that have what it takes to maintain everybody’s most cherished treasure of all: National Security.
Clearly, it’s not for wimps.
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