The point of basic army training is to get you to obey orders without question and make sure that you can kill someone. It's intense. Here's what happens in 7 points...

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  1. When you arrive to train, you're cut off from your old life. You can't see your parents or friends from home for the first six weeks, but you can call/email them after work. For the first six weeks, you're not allowed to leave the army and you can't leave the base at all.
  2. The army controls everything you do. Everyone is made to look the same (the same haircut and uniform), and you're not allowed to use each other's first names. There are right and wrong ways to stand, make a bed, polish boots, and fold a t-shirt. You're shouted at if you get it wrong.
  3. Training is designed to wear you out - you won't get much sleep or free time and sometimes you might not be allowed food or shelter.
  4. If you fall behind your whole team is punished (this is how the army 'weeds out' people who don't fit in). On the other hand, everyone in the platoon is supposed to help each other, so you can make some good mates. 
  5. You're told that soldiers are better than other people and that your army regiment or corps is better than the rest. You're taught to think of the enemy just as 'the enemy', rather than as a person - otherwise you won't be able to kill them.
  6. If you accept what you're told and you don't fall behind then your trainers and officers will praise you. 
  7. By the end of training, you know exactly how to fit in with the army - how to salute, march, use a rifle, throw a grenade and advance on an enemy target.

The clips below show what bayonet drill is like (for infantry recruits) and a veteran talking about it.


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