Being a Private in the Army is like any other job minus the fact that most jobs don’t tell you to drop down and do push-ups everyday.
You start at the bottom like every job and you have to climb up the ladder to the top. One thing about the Army though is it doesn’t matter how high you climb, you are always going to have to answer to someone.
I’m going to give you some advice on how to be a successful Private in the Army.
Getting through basic training
Going through basic training, everyone is treated the same minus the people that are re-classing and are already NCO’s.
During basic training, the key is to stay on a low profile, stay under the radar. The way you do that is don’t draw any attention to yourself. Don’t answer back your Drill Sergeants, and basically don’t have a loud mouth.
If the Drill Sergeant’s don’t know you by name then that is a good thing. A way that made it easier for me to survive was finding a good group of guys that I can click with and just talk about random things everyday.
The more you get your mind off family and home the better it is for you. Go day-by-day and count your meals to help pass the time. You eat 3 times a day so when you get to dinner, that day is considered over and done with.
Train hard because it’s only going to benefit you when you get to your duty station. As a Private, your leaders want to see that you can pass a PT Test with flying colors. The higher you score on your PT Test the better chances of you standing out above your peers.
Arriving to your Unit
When you get to your unit, you are going to be the new guy and all the other privates that got there before you are going to be happy because they are no longer the fresh meat.
If you are in a Combat Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) or job, things will be a lot different. As an Infantryman, you are not welcomed with open arms or flowers, you are welcomed with push-ups, flutter kicks and anything that is going to get your little heart racing.
The way you survive in your unit is to always do what you are told by your leaders, don’t question it, if your leaders ask who wants to do a certain detail or class, volunteer. They always choose the lowest rank anyway to do things so why not make yourself look good and volunteer.
When I got to my unit, the first thing I did when my leader saw me was a tremendous amount of push-ups. He didn’t even know my name, he just asked me if I’m in his platoon and as soon as I said yes, my world changed.
He would just walk in the door, see me and just give me the eye to start doing push-ups, everything I was doing it he said it was to make me stronger.
He wasn’t lying though because when it came to my Army Physical Fitness Test, I would knock out the push-up event with no problems.
So just to recap, if you want to make it in your unit, same thing you did in basic, stay on a low profile and do what your told with no questions. You’ll see when you start taking the initiative things will get better and a lot easier for you.
Making it through deployment
I deployed as a Private to Afghanistan and it is a different world over there. I was in my unit for a total of 3 months before I deployed so the only training I really had was what I learned in basic.
The key to deployment as a Private, is always learn new things every chance you get. If you don’t know how to operate certain weapon systems, ask someone who knows and who can give you the spill on how to operate it and how to take it apart if it malfunctions.
Always keep an open mind and always improve your knowledge!
Always stay busy to pass the time, don’t lock yourself in your room and just look at the ceiling because things will get depressing real quick.
You are going to be missing your family and friends like crazy so the more you have time to sit down and think, the harder it is going to be for you.
I tried to call my family at least once a week if I could just to let them know I was still alive. I knew they were always worrying so I at least had to do them that favor and check in.
The reason I didn’t want to call everyday is because hanging up is always a hard thing for me to do and if I keep talking to them everyday, I’m going to get used to it and when we lose phone connection, it will be hard for me.
So I figured if I don’t get used to the whole calling everyday, I won’t take it as hard.
The biggest key when deployed overseas to places like Afghanistan, always take commands from your leader because he/she knows what they are doing. Don’t try to be foolish and take matters into your own hands because that is how people get hurt.
The one thing that really got me by was care packages I received from my family. They always sent me my favorite snacks from home and anything I needed. When ever I received a care package, it made me feel less homesick.
Being a Private sucks but remember all the leaders before you had to do it so that’s just something you have to deal with. ADAPT and OVERCOME!
Take all your training and schooling serious because one day you will be a leader and your Soldiers will be depending on you to guide and teach them everything they need to know to survive. The Army goes in one big circle, leaders come and go all the time but the knowledge always stays.
Respect all your leaders and do what you are told and I promise you, you will not be a Private forever.
Doing bigger and better things with your life
I know some people always dream of being their own boss and not having to wake up early every morning just to go to morning formations and do PT.
I know I was one of those people. I wanted to be my own boss and not have to listen to anyone telling me what to do or how to do it.
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I hope this article has helped you understand how to be a successful Private. Remember you are not going to be a Private forever so keep your head held high and work your way to the top.
If you have any questions or comments for me please feel free to leave them below. Thank you and have a great day/night.