Im really shy, quiet, and I have a hard time standing up for myself, even on the phone with customer service representatives. But I also plan on enlisting in the army and going to boot camp soon.
Will I learn to be stern, loud, and strong in BCT, or is there something I can do to help prepare beforehand? Is it in any way related to me being socially awkward and shy? And what can I do to overcome my fear of talking to people like this and being firm on my decisions so I can do it in everyday life?
Asked by Anonymous at 2:53 PM on Jun. 29, 2010 in Money & Work
Answer by elizabr at 3:02 PM on Jun. 29, 2010
One the very first day, the drill sergeants will seek out the weak ones and exploit their shortcomings; it's the way they test how emotionally strong you are and weed out the ones who will stay and the ones who will quit. People who cry or seem scared out of their minds are the ones that get it the most because they are easily flustered and therefore mess up a lot more. The first two weeks are the hardest and if you make it past that, it will get easier.
What helped me most was being able to 'go to my happy place' when things were hard. If they are yelling or dolling out punishments, just do them, keep your mouth shut and just think about something else. I did things in basic I never imagined I could ever do and I look back now and wonder 'how in the world did I do those things?' It WILL help you to have confidence and self esteem and make you a stronger person in the end.
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