basic training


Definition of 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

After completing his basic training and information management specialist training, he was assigned to the 67th Supply Squadron, Tactical Air Command in Mountain Home, Idaho from 1966 to 1970. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 21 May 2018 Rupe will attend Ohio University in the ROTC program after his basic training in Missouri this summer. Chuck Gibson,, "12 commit to serve at Loveland High School's first Armed Forces Signing Day," 3 May 2018 Sammy and Dylan Knowles spent time together at their favorite park in Lansing before Dylan left for the Navy and basic training. Eric Adler, kansascity, "She’s 15 and married: ‘What’s the point of making her wait?’ mom says | The Kansas City Star," 11 Mar. 2018 At Fort Sill, where 16 percent of Army recruits go through basic training and soldiers learn long-range artillery maneuvers, Futures Command leaders will consult directly with troops about how to update artillery pieces to improve speed and range. Helene Cooper, New York Times, "Army, Struggling to Get Technology in Soldiers’ Hands, Tries the Unconventional," 18 Mar. 2018 Jarrell was scheduled to report to Parris Island, South Carolina, for basic training in June 2018. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Worker injured inspecting Fire Ball ride at Kentucky State Fair," 28 Aug. 2018 On May 5, 1942, 29 Navajo men arrived at the Recruit Depot in San Diego for basic training. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 The Ford Heights teen has persevered and will head to Army basic training after graduation. Susan Demar Lafferty And Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "More amazing high school graduates: Part 2 of our salute to the Southland's class of 2018," 18 May 2018 Serving in the military, from basic training to combat itself, is an affecting, singular experience for veterans. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Q&A: Actor Miles Teller, director Jason Hall and veteran Adam Schumann talk the "after-war"," 10 Oct. 2017

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of basic training

: the first few weeks of training for someone who has recently joined the military

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