Week one is considered a foundation week.
This is when we really begin to introduce, there are certain standards
that they have to meet. It’s to start to instill that discipline, to let them know
to pay attention to detail. We teach them how to make their beds, we talk to them
about their wall lockers, we start to give our trainees a little more
responsibility. During marching, we teach them how to break down as an element, or
how to break down as a detail. We have our trainees march with at least one
other trainee, because it starts to instill that wingmanship in them. You
always have a wingman that’s there to take care of you and to look out for you.
They have a lot of academic classes, such as customs and courtesies, dress and
appearance, rank recognition. They’re also issued their M16 training weapon. The MTI
will start to decide who’s going to be in charge of the details. They understand
a little bit more now where they’re going to live, some of the things that
they’re supposed to do, but we’re giving them a lot of information. We’re
expecting them to do a lot of new things, so there are going to be a lot of
mistakes, but that is what the MTI is there for: to ensure that we’re teaching
them the information and then we’re giving them the opportunity to apply it, and
they understand the significance behind following the rules.