Most of us feel on top of the world after we graduate from boot camp. After spending several weeks being yelled at and told what to do every second of the day, you think you're now finally free.
Now that you've learned how to make your rack like a true expert and you can perfectly don your uniform with your eyes closed, you think you've got things all planned out.
The truth is, you don't. These are 5 mistakes that newbies make when they're fresh out of boot camp.
5. Poorly plan your diddy moves
Servicemembers can make some pretty nice bank if they move their stuff to their first duty station themselves. Since the military pays you for moving all your gear based on its poundage, many newbies spend tons of time trying to tack on everything they own — but often fail to plan a proper route.
4. Drink yourself broke
Since we can't drink alcohol during basic training, we tend to make up for lost time and gulp down as much as we can during our first weekend of liberty. E-1s aren't millionaires, but you'd never know it by the number of beer cans and vodka bottles they go through.
That's cool and all... but that's a 12 dollar beer.
3. Thinking boot camp made you an amazing fighter
We understand that boot camp does teach recruits certain levels of self-defense and ground fighting. This training doesn't make you a black belt, so be careful not to pick a fight with someone who actually has a black belt after drinking a few pitchers of liquid courage.
But I just graduated from a self-defense class...
2. Getting that motivated tattoo
That is all.
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1. Buying crap you don't need on credit
It seems like boots walk around with this huge invisible sign hanging around their necks that tell salespeople you're new to the military.
They also know that you get a guaranteed paycheck every few weeks. So, they'll convince you that you need their expensive products with no money down — they tend to leave out info about the massive APR.