What is this stress card stuff? Cell phones? I plan on shipping out this fall, and I have never heard of being able to bring a cell phone, yet if you youtube you get a lot of videos from cell phones at bct? since when are you allowed to keep them past shakedown? and cameras too? never heard of such.
Posts: 1 | Location: Wyoming | Registered: 16 March 2009
Hey ladies! I'm leaving for basic on April 7th to Fort Jackson, very scared bc I'm leaving my one year old daughter for 2 months..but its worth it to know she'll be taken care of for the next 4 (or more) years. SO here's a list I've compiled for when I leave, I should put in here that my recruiter sucked horribly, so I have NO IDEA what to expect, although that might be the best way to go in, so I don't show up and my expectations are completely wrong..but anyways, here's my list: Pack of white (bikini cut, no grannys for me) undies 2 pair white sports bras 1 regular bra (not white, its gray/with a lil pink, im a bit chas strapped so I can really buy another one) white ankle cut socks (do we need higher cut ones) hair brush pony tails bobby pins toothbrush (umm..are contacts allowed? might be a stupid question but even my recruiter didnt have a 100% answer) tampons excedrin chapstick dental floss black watch combination lock (dont wanna hassle with keys) pics envelopes and paper black pen blakc sharpy shampoo/conditioner sunblock ...and it might be late but i cant think of anything else
could anyone tell me what i might be forgetting, what could be useful to already have prepared. i was told i could only bring the army backpack i got at MEPS, and everything should fit in it. not too sure what im gonna wear there, probably just jeans, a tee, and i havent decided on the shoes. its a choice between my nike air max 360's (for comfort, but they might be a hassle down the road) or some regular flats (for less stress).. also, my hair has LOTS of strays going all over the place, i used to play soccer, and i would wear the athletic wrapping tape in the my hair (not the sticky kind, the soft stuff they put on before the sticky tape), but i was told this wasn't allowed...is this true? if so i suppose ill go with gel..also, i already basically have callouses on my feet from playing soccer all my life (and coming from the tx country), so should i worry about blisters? they might be an inevitability, but like i said before, im too broke right now to buy moleskin for nay blisters...well thanks ladies for your info and advice, glad to hear back from you
Also I'll note that you can take anything you pretty much want (as long as it's nothing illegal). Just don't expect to be keeping it.
To the OP. I couldn't tell you anything about the "stress cards" in use today. I know they have been experimental and used on and off in recent times (starting in Vietnam era but made known during the Clinton years).
Cell phones....probably not.
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Posts: 447 | Location: Hawaii | Registered: 10 December 2007
Do the bras need to be a specific color? I am light olive skinned, and have never seen sports bras close to my skin color. Can they be black, or do they need to be white? Also most sports bras will get destroyed in the clothes dryer and are supposed to be hang dried, but I doubt this is possible. How do you deal with this?
Also wondering about getting my period during basic. I've been told not to expect bathroom breaks more than a couple of times per day. Those of you who have finished basic, how has this worked out for you?
AR 670-1 states, "Description. Brassieres and underpants may be of a commercial design, in white, black, or other neutral colors that are not readily apparent when worn under the uniform. The category of brassieres also includes sports bras."
They didn't make a big deal out of it when I went to BCT (3 years ago). Obviously, don't show up with blue or green colors or something crazy. You don't want to draw negative attention to yourself.
Future Soldiers .com (http://www.futuresoldiers.com/downloads/mso1F4.pdf) packing list also specifically states black, white, or neutral.
I didn't have any bras destroyed in 2 months time. I won't lie, I still put my sports bras through the dryer. If you're really dedicated, you can hang the bras up in your wall locker at night to dry and remove them in the morning before Drill Sergeant comes through. You will get chances at AIT to buy new clothing.
If you even get your period during BCT (it is common to skip it or get off cycle due to the stress and physical requirements you are going to go through) then don't worry. Plenty of the soldiers and DSs are females-they know how to handle it. You will be required to have feminine hygiene items on you at all times. I can't recall ever being to a training site where there were no bathrooms/port o johns available. Worst case, you will grab a battle buddy and head off into the woods for some privacy. Just stay prepared.
Posts: 30 | Location: Fort Bragg, NC | Registered: 03 June 2009