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.

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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 The latest group of recruits shipped to Marine basic training or officer candidate school is 10.7% female, the highest percentage yet. Jim Michaels, USA TODAY, "Women prove they're up to the challenge of Marine Corps rigorous boot camp," 7 Feb. 2018 Name: Harlie Breed: Pit Bull/Terrier Mix Age: 1 Fun fact: Harlie has basic training skills, and her birthday is July 29 — right around National Mutt Day! Samantha Brodsky, Good Housekeeping, "50 Adorable Mixed-Breed Dogs You Can Adopt by State," 28 July 2017 With even basic training, all of these issues and more can be supported through the gift of time of Florida’s senior population. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Randolph is an instructor flying training hub, Lackland is the center of Air Force basic training and Fort Sam now is home to joint medic instruction for the armed services. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Celebration of S.A. military coming to a rejuvenated Fort Sam," 3 May 2018 After completing basic training at Camp Lejeune, Rambow went to cooking school. Lauren Lumpkin, Washington Post, "‘We are women, but we are Marines for life,’ say veterans now in their 90s," 13 Feb. 2018 These are folks that are about to go to basic training. Fox News, "Rep. Raul Labrador: Disappointing we couldn't change D.C.," 7 July 2018 He had been slated to ship out to basic training in January 2017, but that also was delayed. Martha Mendoza And Garance Burke,, "Army quietly discharges immigrant recruits promised path to citizenship," 6 July 2018

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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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