Stories from our Military 🇺🇸

Separated Twins: Worth it after a few Months

Hello! My name is Melana Griffee, and my identical twin sister is Navy Recruit Maegan Muse. She left for training on March 17th, 2021! We grew up in New Bern, North Carolina, and call it our home today. Ever since we were able to talk, we have been best friends. We played sports together, were in… Read More ›

Air Force Recruit Beast Week

What is BEAST Week in Air Force Basic Military Training? It is a full five days of challenging and exhausting training. BEAST stands for “Basic Expeditionary Airman Skills and Training.” BEAST Week is designed to train your recruit in simulated combat deployment and help them understand what a real deployment may feel like or what they may… Read More ›

USMC Rifleman’s Creed

In enlisted boot camp at Parris Island or San Diego and the officer’s Basic School at Quantico, VA no one escapes from the Rifleman’s Creed. Every Marine is trained, first and foremost, as a rifleman, for it is the rifleman who must close with and destroy the enemy. The rifleman remains the most basic tenet… Read More ›

ROM to PIR

As the recruits touchdown in Chicago, IL and head towards RTC Great Lakes, their journey begins. Follow these recruits from ROM at Fort McCoy to their PIR destination (graduation). Produced by Duane Stanley (USN Veteran) using images adopted from RTC Public Affairs.

Leadership Traits in Recruit Training

Recruit boot camp is the toughest and most challenging training in the world. And often, the physical and mental challenges overshadow the most important aspect of training – the foundation of leadership. Recruits learn and practice leadership traits that will serve them in the military and their life. I want to share eight Christian leadership… Read More ›

Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base in the age of COVID-19

SOURCE: Kathleen Petty. Published: November 2020 When COVID-19 forced businesses and schools to shut down this spring, the military—known for its well-established systems not swift to change—had to shift quickly. Pausing Basic Military Training for any extended period of time was simply not an option, says Chief Master Sgt. Learie R. Gaitan, superintendent of basic training for… Read More ›

Your Recruit’s Valentine.

Love is many things — and being yelled at while at boot camp may not be one of them. I am confident the drill instructor follows the ‘tough love‘ strategy of building your recruit into a robust warrior through words of loving encouragement. And those chocolate-covered strawberries and home-made frosted heart cookies you would love… Read More ›

TRICARE COVID Vaccine Update

The Department of Defense (DoD), in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, has launched a program to provide COVID-19 vaccines to service members, retirees, and their families. Under this program, the DoD will distribute the vaccines through a series of phases. Who is getting the vaccine first? The first supply of the… Read More ›

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