The United States Army gave We Are The Mighty unprecedented access to Army Basic Training. Fondly known as “boot camp” to those who have survived, basic training is the first thing recruits will experience when they enlist. The ten-week program carries recruits through three increasingly difficult phases and covers everything from dress and appearance, physical fitness, Chemical Radioactive Biological and Nuclear (CBRN) readiness, to weapons training.
“In Iran they dropped about fifteen damn missiles on U.S. bases, you understand? If you’re training, you better do it hard because out there, someone is trying to kill you,” shouted a drill sergeant.
Welcome back from Christmas break, recruits. Party time is over.
The recruits get back in the groove over a shared meal of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). One recruit shared that she got married over the break; her husband is already active duty so they hope to be stationed near each other when she graduates.
During week five, recruits feel the weight of what their service might mean: deploying in a combat zone, killing people, taking fire. It’s beginning to feel more real as they count down the days to graduation.
Meanwhile, it’s time for Oller to qualify on his weapon. He must hit 23/40 targets — and at a fast pace — or he will risk being recycled. If he was smart, he would have practiced during Christmas break. We’ll find out on the range.
During his first round, he hit only 4 targets. During his retest, he lost some focus and pointed his weapon up range. He finally hit his 23 targets but his previous failures had him on thin ice. Tomorrow he has to qualify with his scope.
“Ten Weeks” premieres on Thursday, November 11th on The Roku Channel. The series can be viewed on The Roku Channel, which is available on Roku devices, the Web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung TVs and can be accessed in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.