Basic Training's all I know
Trainee (Former Employee) – Fort Sill, OK – July 22, 2017
I was in the National Guard for several months before BCT, and was discharged for a pre-existing medical condition. I did not graduate from Basic, despite having passed all the necessary events I was there for.
As far as the guard goes, you'd only get paid for the weekend a month you go in for. If you are healthy, Drill will generally be an enjoyable experience.
A typical day at work: early wake-ups, physical training, whatever other training was scheduled for that day (If it wasn't out in the field, it was something in the classroom.)
I think the most valuable value I learned while in training was attention to detail.
Management was rigid, as should be expected. It's the military, you do what you're told when you're told without question. That's the life of a private.
"I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade." That's the embodiment of what we do.
The hardest part of the job was not by any means the training. The hardest part of this job for me was by far getting up early.
The most enjoyable part of working with the Army was the camaraderie there. There's a sense of purpose to everything you do there. You become a part of a team, and more than you realize it, they will rely on you for success, and you will rely on them.
Three meals a day, a place to live, some independence.
No freedom of movement.