How To

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Basic Training Exercises

Men, don’t be fooled. Just because you don’t see any weights here doesn’t mean these aren’t difficult.

  • Flutter Kicks – Hands under butt, alternately kick.
  • Leg Spreaders – Assume flutter kick starting position and spread legs.
  • Overhead Claps – Palms facing up, straight arms, repeat.
  • Plank – On elbows and toes, then hold. Add an ab ball for increased difficulty. Draw A,B,Cs on ball with your elbows.
  • Ski Jumpers – Hands on head, jump left to right about 18 inches. Faster you go, the more challenging it is.
  • Toe Touches aka: Dusting your Boots – Hands on hips, bend legs, touch ankles, repeat
  • Donkey Kicks – Interlock fingers behind your head, jump and kick your heels to your butt
  • Mountain Climbers – Place hands on ground about 3-4 feet in front of your body. Run in place without moving your hands moving your knees close to your chest. Increase speed for difficulty.

Military Time

In basic training, you aren’t going to hear your drill sergeant say meet me at xx pm. The military uses military time because civilian time isn’t good enough for us. Let me teach you how to tell military time so you and your drill sergeant can be on the same page.

  • Civilians use a 12 hour clock for 24 hours.
  • The military uses a 24 hour clock. So, after noon, the hours continue to 13, 14, 15 and so on.
  • In military time, there is no need for an AM or PM.
  • The military clock starts at 0000 hours, which is exactly the same as 2400 hundreds hours (midnight).
  • If your drill search tells you to meet at zero-eight-hundred-hours, that means 8am.
  • If your drill search tells you to meet at twenty-hundred hours, that would be 8 pm. You just add 12 to anything after noon.
  • As a tip, morning hours (anything before noon) is easy. For the afternoon hours simply subtract 12 from what your drill sergeant says, that will give you the civilian equivalent.

Hopefully this clears things up for you. If you have a digital watch, it most likely has a military function, I suggest changing it now to practice learning military time.