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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #25 on: March 13, 2004, 16:08:00 »
PRes BMQ is shorter and conducted by local units, rather than being 10 weeks at St-Jean.  You don‘t really need all of that stuff for Reserve BMQ since you won‘t have shacks, they‘ll tell you everything you need though.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #26 on: March 13, 2004, 16:48:00 »
Jutes

I used an electric off and on during basic loved it just don‘t get caught using one in the field.  Probably 10-15% used electric in garrison.

I snuck it into the field but I have a quiet Phillishave.

In any event your going to need two regular razors one for inspection and one for use.  DO the same with shaving cream the spouts always leak after you cap them.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #27 on: March 13, 2004, 17:19:00 »
Since we‘re on the subject, what about shower gel?  I never use soap, and more just shower gel.  If I bring with me,a nd keep it for for my personal use, will they take it away?  I totally realzie everyone has too have the same locker display, its just part the training.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #28 on: March 13, 2004, 17:55:00 »
Just keep it in your personal drawer/locker.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #29 on: March 13, 2004, 18:53:00 »
How big is this personal drawer, etc. now?  In my time the only thing they didn‘t go through was the contents of a shoe sized box.  Everything else was fair game.  This box was where you kept your letters, etc.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2004, 19:06:00 »
well it all depends, there were platoons on BOTC who were only given the shoe box for personal items,  u can lock up wutever u won‘t use in civi lock up, but u won‘t be able to get to it because it will be a lcoekd room where all your non kit stuff goes for the duration of the course except for when u‘re on leave.  We were lucky cause at the MEGA our directing staff  wouldn‘t check the lockbox that was next to our closet, two desk drawers and I believe we even had the big drawer under our bed that we could put wutever in.  I had a guy who brought 3 months worth of Whey in those huge jugs and store them in his room.  With that said, you may not be that lucky.  The thing with soap is that you are suppose to bring soap in the field to wash, though wet naps will do the trick.  No one on my course had body wash!!!
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2004, 20:09:00 »
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[qb] ...but u won‘t be able to get to it because it will be a lcoekd room where all your non kit stuff goes for the duration of the course except for when u‘re on leave.[/qb]
What do you mean on leave?  How many days off? What about week-ends?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2004, 22:29:00 »
Yeah I pretty much meant the weekend, if you‘re lucky, don‘t expect to get off base until the fourth week  minimum, but trust me you will not have a lack of activities to do on base.  Remember its a privilege to do push-ups!!
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2004, 11:44:00 »
You‘re all missing the point about razors, soap, etc. Do NOT bring two sets, one for inspection and one for use. The whole idea of morning inspection is to make sure that you have the kit you need to live and do your job, and to ensure serviceability and cleanliness of the kit. You need to be clean and hygenic (you‘d be amazed how many folks don‘t know how). Why be clean? Most Armies lose more people to disease than to enemy fire.

Possibly an even better reason is at some point someone inspecting you will ask if you use the shaving gear he‘s inspecting. If you tell the truth, you‘ll get a mild blast and be told to start using it daily. If you lie, and are caught (and it isn‘t hard to catch you) you‘re in for real trouble.

I can‘t speak for all instructors, but I hate thieves and liars. I will try to break you of the bahaviour, and if I cannot, I‘d rather not have you in the Forces.

Everything that is done, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is done for a reason. A few examples: buttons must be done up. Biggest reason for it is it will keep what‘s in your pockets, in your pockets. Lose something in the field, and will impact your ability to do your job. Boots are shined to keep them in good shape. Good boots means good feet. Affects your performance in the field. Drill is there to make you used to instantly reacting to the Boss‘s word of command. There may be times when not reacting instantly as ordered may get you killed.

I could go on, but suffice it to say that there really is a good reason for everything you‘re taught. Try and understand why you‘re learning something, it will make your time a lot easier.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #34 on: March 14, 2004, 14:36:00 »
I am going reg force soon and dont what to show up under or over prepared kit wise someone with instructer experience or fresh off course give me a list off all essential kit(personal)to the best of your recolection.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2004, 16:45:00 »
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 I had a guy who brought 3 months worth of Whey in those huge jugs and store them in his room.
Are you permited to continue using protein and vitamin supplements during basic?

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« Reply #36 on: June 25, 2004, 12:32:41 »
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  I had a guy who brought 3 months worth of Whey in those huge jugs and store them in his room.
Are you permited to continue using protein and vitamin supplements during basic?

I'd like to know this one  too??

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #37 on: June 25, 2004, 12:59:27 »
I'm going to say most likely no, because of the concern by the instructors that they do not know what kind of 'supliments' you are taking, (they are worried about drugs).

also, ceratin supliments, etc. may have a reaction to medication if you are injured, sick, whatever.
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #38 on: June 25, 2004, 13:15:03 »
During course, never ever take that type of stuff... train natural and clean! Like it was said before, the instructor are always on alert for that type of stuff because they dont know exactly what is it... so it can be taken for drugs... and may make you get out of the course. Damn you cant even take Aspirine without prescription of the medical. Thats my 2 cents!
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #39 on: June 25, 2004, 20:17:45 »
OK, I'll try to answer all the questions raised in this thread...

1.  The list they give you telling you what to bring...well, if you don't want to lug around heavy suitcases, you don't have to buy any of that stuff because you can get them all at the Canex in St. Jean...except personal items you need for the first week.  And yes, you need your own iron.  It's not supplied here...unless you borrow it from a buddy.

2.  Uh...what else...yeah, razors...you need them.  Even if you don't use them, you need to display one for inspection (+ shaving cream of course).

3.  And for bring 2 sets of soap and soap dish...why not. 

4.  Proteins,vitamins, Tylenol...yep, you can have them (the common stuff anyways).  Prescriptions will have to be checked.  But if you need Tylenol or common OTC drugs, you can just get them at the pharmacy on base.  Why not?  They're free!

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #40 on: June 25, 2004, 20:24:12 »
And on the "things to bring" list, where it says Picture frame (optional).  It's NOT optional, it's required.  So bring one, or buy one at the Canex.  And bring a picture too! 
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #41 on: June 26, 2004, 13:05:31 »
Why would the picture frame be required? What if you have nothing you would want to put in it, are you just supposed to have it out empty (which would make some sense)?

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #42 on: June 27, 2004, 18:12:02 »
You need a picture frame with a picture in it out for inspection.  If you don't have a picture, put a postcard in it...
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2004, 18:31:24 »
What? A picture frame? I've never heard that before. On my list it didn't say anything about a picture frame. What would be the purpose of a picture frame?
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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #44 on: June 30, 2004, 10:41:56 »
Does anyone know if we are allowed to have an electric shaver rather than regular razor, or I have to change my lifetime habit urgently (tried "safe" razor couple of times and cut myself like hell )  :rage:

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #45 on: June 30, 2004, 11:39:17 »
You will need to use a regular razor during basic training, especially if the staff takes all of your electronic stuff away until you "earn" it back.  Even if they don't, you will need to shave in the field without the forest knowing exactly where you are  ;)

The skin on my face dries out easily, making shaving a pain, but I got used to it, so you will too.   :)

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #46 on: June 30, 2004, 15:01:32 »
Yeah, I recieved my information package a little while back listing the things I will require for Basic Trainning.  I was curious however, is there anything not listed that some of you guys already in the forces care to recommend we bring to basic that will likely be used?

And as for the Iron, maybe I'm confused here, but they mean an electric iron you plug in to press your clothing right?

Also, at the canex, can you get the vast majority of the listed items there?

Is aftershave alright? because my face just dries right up after shaving, to the point of severe discomfiture.

As for razors, is my gillette mach3 with replacable heads fine? or is it just smarted to pick up some disposables ?

And lastly, for socks and underwear does it matter the colours?  I was thinking darker so as to look better once they've been worn in a bit.  Will we get provided with anything thats not mentioned or maybe that is mentioned on that list other then the regulation locks at St. Jean?

Garry, I think your opinion is great really.  I had heard stories about guys only using one toilete for the platoon to make it easier for people to clean, and about people bringing doubles in order to make inspections smoother - but I have to agree, its like cheating.  I'm all for trying to make your path through basic as smooth as possible, but the simple fact is even if your room was perfect in the morning for inspection, they are going to find something wrong in order to instill in you an alertness for small details, and a habit for creating order and cleanliness in your environments.  No point in trying to dodge work when they are going to create work for you to do regardless.

Also, a question pertaining to the maitenence of boots and the wearing of the beret; and particular techniques I should think about beforehand? Or should I not worry about it now and just do exactly as I'm taught there?  I'm thinking the latter is the route to go, but heck, the more knowledge you have the more equipped you are to handle the environment.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #47 on: June 30, 2004, 15:35:26 »
If your face dries out after shaving, get yourself a little mirror and shave while you are taking a shower (Not with an electric razor!!!!). The humidity or whatever it is will keep your face nice and moist, and if you nick yourself, it will seal right up and wont even bleed unless your really butcher your face.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #48 on: July 01, 2004, 19:48:10 »
If your face dries out after shaving, get yourself a little mirror and shave while you are taking a shower (Not with an electric razor!!!!). The humidity or whatever it is will keep your face nice and moist, and if you nick yourself, it will seal right up and wont even bleed unless your really butcher your face.

That's what I do.  My face used to burn after shaving, so I got some extra moistureizing(sp?) shave gel, and I shave in the shower.  Stopped that problem right away.

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Re: Packing for Basic [MERGED]
« Reply #49 on: July 02, 2004, 17:59:22 »
ok im so confused and lost....... i got accpeted into my bmq like 2 days after it started..... and i dont know what to bring.... they didn't give me a list or anything..... and i found a list online but some of the stuff there is kinda... o.O.... can anyone help me out asap with a list... cuz i have to leave tomorrow morning.....  ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? ???