Mandatory Military Training
Throughout their military careers, all service members – both enlisted and officer – are required to participate in technical training related to their military occupations.
Most enlisted service members will receive the bulk of their occupational training from the schools they attend in the military and the on-the-job training and experience they acquire throughout their service. Enlisted service members begin their military careers with basic training, commonly known as “boot camp,” which lasts between seven and 12 weeks. It is intended to build physical and mental stamina, develop team building skills, and orient recruits to the military mission, culture, and ethos.
After boot camp, enlisted service members attend initial technical training that is specific to their military occupation. Depending on the military occupation, initial technical training can range in length from eight to more than 40 weeks. Keep in mind that service members attend this training full-time during that period – training is essentially their job. Upon completion of this skill training they are qualified to hold their military occupational specialty and they are assigned to a field unit to begin their on the job training, which is conducted much like an apprenticeship program. At specific phase points throughout enlisted members’ careers, they attend additional, in-residence, advanced skills and leadership courses.