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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The military records indicate Willie never completed basic training and was honorably discharged in 1966 due to a preexisting medical issue. Los Angeles Times, "Man and myth, Part II: A return to Brotherhood Raceway, and Big Willie Robinson’s legacy," 8 Aug. 2019 No recruits in basic training were affected, and there was so far no evidence that mold had sickened any recruit on Lackland and Bullis. Sig Christenson,, "Mold found in 1,100 dorm rooms on Lackland," 31 July 2019 Luke has completed basic training and knows sit, down, stay, place, and has lovely house manners. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "'One cool hound' and more up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 28 June 2019 Many of the recruits who took basic training in Fort Lewis were eventually assigned to tank battalions, and the 743rd Tank Battalion reportedly had a distinctive Pacific Northwest flavor., "The brother I never knew, lost to my family on D-Day," 6 June 2019 In 1942, chemist Robert Walton, then in his late 20s, was drafted following the attacks on Pearl Harbor and boarded a bus in Rahway, New Jersey, for basic training at Fort Dix. Washington Post, "103-year-old ex-chemist to be honored for work on penicillin," 4 Aug. 2019 After completing basic training in December, Procassini was trained as a mortar crewman and subsequently assigned to the First Marine Division. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "98-year-old World War II vet to receive Purple Heart in Dearborn," 12 July 2019 Even new recruits who joined the day after that news conference would only have had time to complete basic training. San Diego Union-Tribune, "National Guard not spotted in Tijuana on day of expected arrival," 29 June 2019 Congratulations to my son Billy for completing basic training and becoming a United States Marine! Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "DFL volunteer resigns after suggesting Tom Emmer’s Marine son will ‘murder’ civilians," 21 June 2019

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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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