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What Is This About “New Army Boot Camp” and How Has It Changed ?

Question by CJ: What is this about “New Army Boot Camp” and how has it changed ?
I have heard that army basic has become easier but not by much and I am curious because not even my recruiter could give me a straight answer so what is this about that the Army’s basic training has changed a lot and how I would really like to know before i ship and so I can explain it to the other Future Soldiers too because they are having the same problem can’t get a straight answer either.

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Answer by mnbvcxz52773
Im not sure if you are refering to something new or not, but I do know that in 2003-2005 it underwent a big change.

What happened was basic training prior to 2003 was still focused on linear style Cold War type training. So in 2003 it began to change to reflect a more asymetrical warfare approach and becoming more like something you would see in pre-deployment training for the GWOT. Things like build a dug-in defensive fighting position with 18 inches of overhead cover were changed to things like check point operations. Platoon defense livefire was replaced with convoy livefire and so on.

Another thing that happened was the PT program changed because there were too many injuries because the youth joining today come mainly from the couch, so it had to revamped to an easier style. What we saw with this new program was that the basic training average PT score went down, but a higher percentage passed with fewer injuries. (Example, the average PT score dropped from say 210 to 190, but instead of having 180 pass with an average of 200, we had 200 pass with an average of 190 with fewer injuries overall. The program is then carried through with AIT to continue a progression.

Now the part that people didn’t like was how trainees were treated. Some of yelling has been cut out because social scientist determined it was not necessary because you now have an all volunteer population instead of a conscripted population. Yelling still happens, but it has rules. The idea was that the pressure would change from yelling to preformance. Instead of trying to stress the trainee through yelling at them, stress comes from the necesity to pass an event. This idea came about from things like PLDC, BNCOC, and ANCOC where even though you are yelled at, the pressure comes from passing to get promoted. For a civilian example, think about finals and how a teacher doesn’t yell at you, but you get stress from the need to pass the exam.

Those were the main changes I saw between 2003 and 2005.

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