Editor’s Note: This article by  Oriana Pawlyk originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

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Photo via Facebook | 30th Adjutant General Reception Battalion

An unfortunate group of Army recruits who recently arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia for basic training will first endure several weeks of soul-crushing boredom as wards of the infamous 30th Adjutant General Reception Battalion, better known as 30th AG.

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Army photo / Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton.

For the first time in three years, Army recruits will have to pass a marksmanship test  during basic training using only the backup iron sights for the M16 rifles and M4 carbines, officials said.

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U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Micky M. Bazaldua

The Army will soon overhaul its Basic Combat Training course in an effort to produce fitter, more disciplined and better motivated new soldiers, the general in charge of entrance training said Friday.

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The Department of Defense Manpower Data Center may list James Alex Fields, Jr., as having served on active duty in the U.S. Army, but that sure as hell doesn’t mean he was a soldier.

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U.S. Army photo by Nathan Snook

For those looking to enlist in the military, the lead up to basic training can be daunting. Prospective soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines sometimes turn to the internet for tips on how to make it through their first few months. There’s no shortage of articles and advice on how to “survive” basic training, but here’s the thing, initial training in the military really isn’t hard. In fact, it’s probably the easiest time you’ll have in your entire enlistment because everything is spelled out for you.

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