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63 Days and a Wake-Up: Your Survival Guide to United States Army Basic Combat Training
“Straight forward, insightful, essential, and an easy-read. Every Warrior needs to get this book in their hands before going off to BCT. This is the real deal.”—First Sergeant David Bobenmoyer, Company B 1SG, Recruit Sustainment Battalion, Camp Grayling, Michigan“Specialist Herbert makes it ‘Too-Easy’ to get ready for life down-range at BCT. If every one of my soldiers read this book and followed the advice, they would have a distinct advantage over those who didn’t. In short: Read it and heed it.”—Drill Sergeant J.A.L. Fort Jackson, South Carolina A must-read for anyone considering the change from civilian to soldier, 63 Days and a Wake-Up takes you inside the closely guarded world of U.S. Army Basic Combat Training, providing an informative and enlightening look at the fascinating process that transforms everyday citizens into modern day American heroes.
Concise, well written, and useful guide
By John Hamill
- October 18, 2007
Written for someone considering joining the Army but without trying to convince them one way or the other, "63 Days" takes you from the recruiting process through boot camp. The author, a National Guardsman who spends part of his spare time "pleading with his neighbor to wear clothes while shooting groundhogs in his backyard", suspects that "you've got better things to do with your time and money than spend it on a three-hundred-page book that contains forty pages of substance". Predictably, the resulting 167 pages are a useful, easy to read description of what to expect from basic combat training. I was able to read most of my copy in a single evening, and I enjoyed it despite having no interest in joining the Army. Herbert gives useful advice to make the basic training experience "fun". Whether "fun" is the kind of fun that most people have, or the kind of "fun" that masochists have, is not clearly defined, however. Advice ranges from not bringing your stash of alcohol and... read more
A MUST HAVE!!!
By Joe Buckner
- June 14, 2008
As someone who aspires to join the military one day and has read many BCT survival guides, I can proudly say there is no better book on the market than 63 Days and a Wake-up!!! It is intuitive, astounding, and to the point. Specialist Herbert did a remarkable job writing this must have book. It's as if you're already at BCT and know what to expect. Like Don says, he won't give you a 300 page book that contains 40 pages of substance. Every page is of helpful material to get you ready for RECBN/BCT or so you can just have a better understanding of what it's like. Starting with the recruitment process and ending with life at BCT, every single aspect is covered and explained. What I look for in an Army BCT survival guide and have not found in the many I have read are the helpful hints and tips found in this book for while you are in training or in the preparation process. It's easy to see that the Specialist wrote much of this while at BCT. Even if you're not interested in joining the... read more
This should be on every recruiter's must read list for their recruits!
By J. Waters
- July 30, 2008
I purchased this and a another basic guide book for my son before he left for Army basic training. This one by far, is the most easy to read and covers more of what you really need to know. This book is geared for army enlistees and not those of other branches, so if you're going into the marines, etc., you will be disappointed, so buy a different book.
The book answered questions that his recruiter seemed to be unknowledgeable about or reluctant to answer. One of the most significant, that he could earn his first stripe before leaving for boot camp; which he was able to do.
I truly believe this book gave my son a better understanding of what to expect, a better list of what to take and not take with him and how to conduct himself once he arrived at basic. I wish I had a book like this to read before I went through basic years ago, but reading it brought back memories and a lot of a-ha moments.
This should definitely be in every recruiter's library and... read more
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