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Need some help for a gift idea for someone going to basic (Army)

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Rivmage, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Quixotica

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    They shook us down to make sure we didn't have knives or anything. And had eyes on everybody putting them in their bags before locking the bags in a maintenance room for the remainder of the time.
     
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  2. WillAdams

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    A small devotional or other book? I was given a 1967 2nd printing of A Prayer Book for the Armed Forces by the Padre @ GAFB --- I formatted printed and bound by hand a copy of The Confederate Soldier's Pocket Manual of Devotions as a gift for my Father.
     
  3. tmedina

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    The prohibition against knives is a stress test - if a new recruit is going to flip out, either on a Drill or another recruit, they're trying to minimize the available weaponry on hand.

    I still remember being handed an MRE and told I have five minutes to eat. I took me three :censored: minutes to get the bag open.
     
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    I always found it hilarious that we couldn't have knives and they even broke that little digger thing off of our nail clippers but we had an E-tool and if someone was determined to they could have brought live rounds from the range.

    Mostly I think the no knife thing is to stop suicide attempts.
     
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  5. Schapendoes

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    When you go to her graduation you will see why it is called "Ft. Lost in the Woods". I did my basic and AIT there in 2008, it is literally in the middle of nothing. I second the idea of not giving her anything of value until after graduation, she won't be able to have it while she is training. The best thing you can do for her is send her care packages while she is there, even just getting regular letters from home can be a huge morale booster.
     
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  6. Gollum24601

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    Fort lost in the woods, misery
    Hey I had basic at camp Jackson and i don't know what everyone is talking about it being relaxing. I mean i remember we had to interrupt our sunbathing and beach volleyball to go to the range, what is the army coming to
    No seriously Though Ft. Jackson wasn't crazy hardBut it wasn't a cake Walk either
     
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  7. Gollum24601

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    Never seen one never had one though people who were in before and after swear they had them a drill sgt took them up day one
     
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    When my son went to navy boot in 2003, he wasn't allowed to take anything. He had his 18th birthday while there. We got permission to send him a space pen for his birthday. They would write in bed after lights out and that worked best.

    The best gift we sent was information. I sent him a letter everyday, and I mean every day, with local and interesting news. They got very isolated. On Saturday I'd send him an extra one for Sunday. That one was a postcard from home. St. Pete is very pretty, and he could show his friends. The card would list all the new movies and games that came out that week with a little synopsis. He said they all waited for the cards. One week it didn't get there until Friday, and people were freaking out.


    Sent by Owl Post
     
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  9. tmedina

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    A tip about care packages - *do not* send candy, or food, or anything else she isn't supposed to have. If the drills find it, they get the snack and she gets smoked.
     
  10. bubbaj

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    My advice is to bring her to a running store and get her a proper pair of running shoes. Make sure to look up the regulations to find out if certain colors aren't allowed in pt uniform. In the AF we can't have any bright colors, don't know why but doesn't matter. If you want to get her a keepsake also then get it when she graduates basic because she prob wont be able to hold on to it while she's there.

    Just my 2cents. If you want to help her out while she's there then write her letters and make sure your Family and friends have the address to do the same.
     
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  11. Gollum24601

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    Letters lots of letters. Nothing more disheartening than to have everyone but you get a letter. Maybe even a crossword or sudoku from the newspaper (nice fun after you have finished writing letters home) and a picture every now and then. You can always write the sudoku on the letter if need be. All of this gives a distraction after polishing boots.
    Wait they don't do that anymore do they.
     
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    I like bubbaj's idea of a good pair of running shoes. Take her to a real running store (not a big box sporting goods store), have them do a stride analysis and make some recommendations for proper running shoes. If she isn't already a runner, you might also gift her with some coaching from someone who understands competitive running as well as running with packs in combat boots. You may very well save her from a lifetime of suffering from plantar fasciitus.

    Perhaps after graduation from AIT, you can give her something to commemorate her achievements.
     
  14. tmedina

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    Just a tip about the running shoes - when I went to Jackson in 2006, we had our feet "traced" and then marched into a store to buy our running shoes.

    I don't know that she'll be able to keep, or use, any running shoes you send with her. Just about all of our civilian stuff got locked up and we used what we bought at the PX.
     
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  15. Schapendoes

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    They did the same thing for me at Ft. Leonardwood in 2008. Our feet were traced and we had to buy a pair of shoes from the troop store that matched the contours of our feet. During AIT we were allowed to buy our own running shoes.
     
  16. Rivmage

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    Should I give her money to take with her?

    Scott
     
  17. tmedina

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    Nope. She won't be able to spend it.

    New recruits are advanced a month's pay to buy supplies, pay for hair cuts, and so on. She'll also have her paycheck to pay for personal extras like q-tips for weapon cleaning or personal hygiene products.

    EtA: if she's flying and will have layover time between leaving home and reporting to BCT, some petty cash to pay for coffee or fast food might come in handy. But she won't be doing much recreational spending until AIT. :D
     
  18. Mudinyeri

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    Interesting. I did Basic at Jackson as well (many years before you did) and they specifically told us to show up with running shoes. I'm sure much has changed since 1984 when I joined.
     
  19. tmedina

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    It's funny, actually - the issued packing list had a lot of stuff on it. We got marched through the mini-PX buying all that stuff all over again.

    If the packing list says to bring it, bring'em along. Worst case scenario, you'll end up with spares of whatever and a first hand lesson in Army efficiency. Best case scenario - you'll have what you need.

    Free advice - she'll probably get the same, "I'm not telling you to buy X, but I highly encourage you to buy X." speech from the NCOs escorting the new recruits through their shopping trip. Go ahead and buy X. Even if it's a crappy Fulton anglehead light. Odds are, you'll need it and won't have the chance to buy anything better during your two month vacation.
     
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  20. EchoFox

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    Like others have said I wouldn't buy her anything before basic because she either A) can't have it and/or B) will get confiscated. Number one thing is to send letters. We got about 30 -60 min of "free time" every night where we could read and write letters. They are a huge stress relief. As far as gifts, the best thing I got was a laptop when I graduated basic and took it to AIT with me. Get her one with a camera so she can skype. I think the hardest thing for many new/young soldiers is that they are away from family and loved ones for so long and aren't used to it.