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Navy Weapons Qualification Course

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Discharging a full automatic weapon on a ship is definitely not a good idea. Therefore, during Navy basic training, you won't get to fire the M-16 rifle.Instead, you qualify with the M-9 pistol and the Mossberg 500 shotgun. The Navy is unique in that before you get to handle an actual weapon, you get a chance to fire the weapon on a computerized simulator. In fact, by thetime you actually pick up a real weapon, you'll almost be an expert. ... more

The Top 8 Best Resources to Prepare for Basic

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Basic training is tough, but with a bit of preparation you can give yourself a major advantage. If you are going to be attending basic training in the next year, you should definitely check out the resources below. The following are my top 8 preparation tools that will make life at basic training a lot easier. 1) The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook A staple to read when preparing for basic training. This best-selling guidebook helped... more

Glossary of Military Acronyms

Military.com glossary of military acronyms.

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If you have a favorite military acronym or see a problem with our definitions, let us know in the comments below. The U.S. military uses many unique items and concepts that civilians aren't exposed to. Because of this and the need for expedient, clear communication, servicemembers are immersed in a linguistic world apart from the daily life of a civilian. Acronyms are commonly used to make big concepts easy to communicate, and there's a go... more

Glossary of Military Terms & Slang

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If you have a favorite piece of jargon or want to suggest a correction, let us know in the comments below. The U.S. military uses many unique items and concepts that civilians aren't exposed to. Because of this and the need for expedient, clear communication, servicemembers are immersed in a linguistic world apart from the daily life of a civilian. Some are self-explanatory and others are completely cryptic, but they each have a specific ... more

Guide to the Military Phonetic Alphabet

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If you've ever talked on a call with bad reception or with someone in a loud place, you know how difficult it can be to communicate using regular English. Many words sound similar and can be easily misunderstood, and the same is true for a few letters if you attempt to spell something out. Clear, expedient communication is vital to any military operation, and the everyday method of conveying ideas isn't always suitable. Without a solid un... more

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