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 The facility pledged to ensure staffers have basic training and that outside agencies have credentials before starting work. Kaiser Health News, "Many seniors depend on assisted living facilities. Now coronavirus is threatening the entire industry.," 9 Apr. 2020 The pause does not affect recruits currently in basic training. NBC News, "Civil rights group, medical professionals demand federal racial data on coronavirus victims," 6 Apr. 2020 At Lackland, Operation Home Cooking is in its 44th year and has seen thousands of airmen, many of them in basic training, visit families for the day. Sig Christenson,, "On Thanksgiving, San Antonio troops find a home far from home," 28 Nov. 2019 The Pentagon has taken steps to control the spread of the virus within the services, including stopping the movement of troops between installations worldwide and canceling training exercises and even delaying some basic training for recruits. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Coronavirus may be giving Beijing an opening in the South China Sea," 7 Apr. 2020 The exhibit helps Navy Federal team members better understand military life, beginning with basic training to deployments to reintegrating into civilian society. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "How one of America’s best places to work is navigating an uncertain, high-tech future," 26 Mar. 2020 Will Ferrell is among the executive producers behind this supernatural drama that stars singer-actress Taylor Hickson as one of three young witches with basic training in combat magic. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "New season of HBO’s ‘Westworld’ and Hulu’s ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ among the week’s top viewing choices," 15 Mar. 2020 The series follows three young women from basic training in combat magic into terrifying and thrilling early deployment. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows and Movies to Watch This Week While You're Staying In," 15 Mar. 2020 Hospital staff line the hall to celebrate Marine's graduation Marine Private Micah Wooten had to miss his graduation from basic training* in order to have emergency surgery. Sheeka Sanahori, USA TODAY, "World Kindness Day 2019: Five inspiring acts of kindness of the year," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of basic training

1914, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2020

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“Basic training.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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