basic training


: the initial period of training of a military recruit

Examples of basic training in a Sentence

Our son is in basic training.
Recent Examples on the Web He’s set to begin basic training in Colorado Springs before starting his collegiate career playing soccer for the Falcons in the fall. Ivan Orozco, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Feb. 2024 The Air Force effort began this year, and the first group of 14 graduated from basic training and were sworn in as new citizens in April. Lolita C. Baldor, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 June 2023 Nonprofessionals receive basic training, while nurses can explore simulations requiring deeper medical skills. Sergei Vardomatski, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The goal of basic training is not just upskilling but readiness. Diane Brady, Fortune, 6 Mar. 2024 Following their basic training at Avangard, CNN traced at least two soldiers to a nearby secondary base known as the Alabino Polygon. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, 11 Feb. 2024 Some volunteers went into basic training but many took nonfighting roles like mechanics, cooks and drivers. Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 After appealing to the base chaplain during basic training for a transfer to a less perilous job than catching the tailhook of planes landing on an aircraft carrier, he was assigned as a journalist to the Navy News Service in Vietnam. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Davis got an early taste of what was in-store while traveling from Los Angeles to basic training and having to give up his sleeping car when his train reached El Paso, Texas. Graham Womack, Sacramento Bee, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of basic training was in 1914

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“Basic training.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

basic training

: the first part of training for a military recruit

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