Cell phones at Basic Training

One of the most frequently asked questions about basic training is whether or not soldiers can use their cell phones during bct at Fort Leonard Wood. Families aren’t sure whether or not to send them, and then they’re not sure how to ship them if they want to send them later.


Most of the time soldiers are told not to bring their cell phones with them before they leave home. Well that’s bad advice in most cases.

Soldiers will not have their phones with them most of the time, however, it’s a pretty common occurrence in SOME units for phones to be handed out to soldiers for a VERY short period of time once a week, often on Sunday.

Soldiers are given a very short amount of time to use their phones, and if they don’t have a working cell, they’ll either have to borrow a buddies (and use up part of that buddy’s time) or they’ll have to wait for a pay phone. This may sound fine and dandy to you if your soldier is still at home, but I guarantee, when they’re gone, and you’re heart is broken, and you’re tearfully reading all of the messages in the Fort Leonard Wood Families Group, you’re going to want your soldier to have a phone.

That’s not all either. They’re given their … dead in most cases.. phones, and an allotted amount of time to use them. Then the phones are swooped back up, and locked up, away from all power sources for another week, and outlets are hard to come by. So not only do you want to send a phone with, or if it’s to late, then to, your soldier, you’re going to want to send him or her a rockstar in-call type phone charger. This way they can charge the phone while they’re talking to you.

My entire family uses the Mophie, and I highly recommend it. I never put my phone down these days, and it charges, with me on it, facebooking, googling, talking, playing games, etc. in about 20 minutes flat time.

Cell Phone use at AIT – Fort Leonard Wood

There are families that only hear from their soldiers when they phase up during their stint at Fort Leonard Wood. There are also families who will hear a lot more. I don’t know the rhyme or reason behind it. I do know that some soldiers will be given their phones back during AIT.


That’s right, they will have possession and you can chat, and text, instagram, and facebook and all that good stuff. In fact, many parents bring their soldiers laptops to them at BCT graduation because they have already been told that they can have them at AIT.

There are others though that get no more communication than they received during BCT. As you read above, I suggest sending those cell phones, send them a Mophie charging device as well if you can, they’re amazing. As for the laptops, I’d wait to hear on that one. My daughter actually bought a brand new one there on base for AIT.

Now in the time I’ve been running this website, and the companion Facebook Pages I’ve learned that this doesn’t stand true for everyone. Not everyone gets phone calls every week, some soldiers don’t seem to be allowed calls home for a month or more at a time.

When they do call however, most soldiers use their own cell phones. Sometimes they borrow each others cell phones, and other times they do use phones that are located on base.

 

Hairstyles at Fort Leonard Wood Basic Training

Hair Styles at Ft. Leonard Wood BCT

MALES: Don’t even worry about it, it’s gone. Shortly after you arrive at Fort Leonard Wood, your head will be getting shaved.

From that point forward, once every two weeks or so, a Drill Sergeant will rally the males, making sure each has 7 bucks in their pockets (or enough for hair cut) and then they are marched down to the local troop store for a quick snip. Which they pay for themselves out of their paychecks.

FEMALES: Ladies may wear their hair in a variety of styles so long as it is in accordance with 670-1. Hairstyles range from pixie’s to bobs or hair can be worn up in a neat bun, military bun or otherwise, so long as there are no wisps, stray strands, or fly-a-ways.

If you do get a short haircut, your hair has to look neat and professional without touching your collar.

Can I bring Gel to Basic Training

There are a few variables to take into consideration when answering this question. The first obstacle when it comes to bringing hair gel with you to basic training is airport security. Remember that there are size restrictions when it comes to bringing liquid products onto airplanes. If your hair gel is in to big of a container, it’s going to get tossed at the airport.

If you do make it past airport security, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to get to have hair gel with you at Basic Training, and you’re going to be very popular among all the girls that didn’t read this article. There is however still a chance that your hair gel will get thrown away.

Hair Gel for Military Bun

There are ways to cut-down on the possibility that your gel/hair-spray/mouse and other hair products will get thrown out though. First, remember, nothing aerosol is allowed, that’ll get tossed right away, in fact, it probably gets tossed at the airport, before you ever make it on base.

Now assuming all your lotion’s, gels, and other hair and skin potions are all aerosol free, and made it through airport scrutiny, when you dump those black and green bags out for inspection, there’s still a chance things are headed for the trash bin.

To up the ante in your favor, avoid bright colors. If your gel comes in a bright yellow canister like Gorilla Snot Gel does, then scoop it into a plain looking container before packing. Most companies don’t mind if you have it, but they don’t like ‘inappropriate’ and ‘loud’ colored packaging.

If it does get thrown out, oh well, then you don’t get to have it, but .. believe me, it’s worth the few bucks you’ll be throwing away to take the gamble. If you find out you could have had it, and you opt to leave it, you’ll sure wish you hadn’t.

If you opt for the military bun, a GOOD strong hair gel is recommended, however, not during PT. During PT your hair is going to get messed up anyway, so put it up as best you can, use bobby pins that are the same color as your hair to secure it, and get-er-done. If you gob gel into your hair during physical training, you’re literally going to be in tears as that gel mixes with sweat, and rain, and drips into your eyes.

The rest of the time, ladies with longer hair will wear their hair in a military bun, you can practice these before BCT at home. It really helps to get the hang of them before you head to basic because you really have seconds to get your hair up and get ready for the day. There are lots of You Tube video’s available to help you learn how to do a military bun. You can use the rolled up sock method as shown, or you can buy a Conair Bun Maker made for military buns at Claire’s at the mall, any military supply store, or on Amazon.

The secret of the green bag – Fort Leonard Wood Basic Training Tips




As you leave reception heading to your very first company at BCT you will have two bags, one black, and one green. Some companies that make you hold the green bag above your head for a long time. Here’s a tip, when you pack those bags, at reception, put the heavier items, like boots for instance, in the black bag.

 




Pack your green bag LIGHT!

Fill the green bag with mostly clothing, make sure it looks good and full, so that it’s not obvious that you’re favoring the green bag, or you’ll just be causing your self extra trouble.

Now when you’re hefting this huge bag over your head, and holding it up there for what seems like forever, you can bask in the thought that everyone elses bags are so much heavier than yours!

Pretty soon, you’ll be dumping both bags out onto the ground for inspection. Try to make sure you have enough room so that you can dump your bags without your things getting mixed up with the belongings of the people around you.

 

As soon as your things are dumped, start separating them into piles, shirts with shirts, socks with socks, and so forth so that your drill sergeants can see each and every item, and how many of each item there are in as little time as possible.

Keeping things separated like this will save time, and also make it easier for you to repack everything quickly, everything you do will be done quickly.

Make sure you hydrate the day before you head for basic, and drink TONS of water in reception so that you’ll be plenty hydrated when you first head out with your new company.