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 Foy and another young sailor who was also out hiking and is in basic training as a Navy SEAL recruit were among the first to respond. Julie Watson, Star Tribune, "Authorities: Man who piloted boat that crashed hit US agent," 5 May 2021 Foy and another young sailor who was also out hiking and is in basic training as a Navy SEAL recruit were among the first to respond. Arkansas Online, "Authorities: Man who piloted boat that crashed hit U.S. agent," 5 May 2021 There is no doubt that three or four weeks of basic training does not equip these doctors and students to fight against a well-armed military. Kocha Olarn And Paula Hancocks, CNN, "At military camps in the Myanmar jungle, doctors and students learn how to fire guns," 4 May 2021 Airmen in basic training will remain at Lackland this Christmas. Sig Christenson,, "As Christmas nears, military trainees leave San Antonio in ‘Exodus’," 22 Dec. 2020 Compulsory military service now consists of four months of basic training, down from two years maintained for decades. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "U.S. Concerns About Taiwan Put Focus on Island’s Defensive Weakness," 22 Apr. 2021 Minnesota requires its officers to undergo at least 1,000 hours of basic training. NBC News, "Experts stress that more training won't eradicate police violence," 15 Apr. 2021 Years earlier, migrant children were brought to Lackland, home of Air Force basic training, on April 16, 2012, with more coming the following day. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Migrant children might be sent to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and Fort Bliss," 23 Mar. 2021 In the United States, a study found that 10 percent of Marine recruits who had evidence of prior infection and repeatedly tested negative before starting basic training were later infected again. NBC News, "New variants raise worry about Covid reinfections," 8 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of basic training

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Basic training.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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