Nine Books About Joining the Military and Basic Training

Tips, Knowledge, and Strategies About Military Service

Joining the military and graduating from military basic training or officer training programs is no longer a simple matter. A smart candidate will prepare him or herself not only prior to meeting a recruiter for the first time, but before leaving for boot camp. These books show what you are likely to experience when you go to enlist or receive a commission in military training. They are good reads for parents of recruits as well as the recruits themselves and will help prepare you both mentally and physically for the transition from civilian to military life.

Joining the United States Navy

This book is for the teenager or young adult who is interested in enlisting in the United States Navy. The book walks the person interested in joining the military through the enlistment and recruit training process. Deciding to join the military, talking to recruiters, getting qualified, preparing for and learning what to expect at basic recruit training are covered in this program. 

The Ultimate Basic Training Guidebook

This book includes information for recruits for any service to prepare physically and mentally for boot camp. The author includes an eight-week fitness program to get ready. It has tips and tricks on what to bring to basic training, study guides, and more.

Airman's Guide

The complete reference on what it takes for a successful career as an Air Force airman and NCO. Includes detailed information on dress and appearance, decorations, promotions, career planning, duties and responsibilities, assignments, and more. The ninth edition is updated for 2016, with information on the organization and mission of the Air Force.

Arco's Guide to Joining the Military

This book is an insider's guide to the recruiting process from the Chief of Air Force Reserve's Recruiter Training, Lt Col Scott Ostrow. If you want a real tell it like it is book about the military recruiting process, this is it.

Honor, Courage, Commitment: Navy Boot Camp

The story of 81 men and women, from the time they arrive at the Chicago Airport, to the time they graduate (and in some cases not graduate) from Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Il. It gets five-star reviews from Navy parents, veterans, and recruits, although it may not include more recent changes to RTC.

Army Basic Training: Be Smart, Be Ready

This book is an insider's guide to Army basic training, written by the former commander of an Army Basic Training Company at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. As a basic training commander, the author was in the unique position to see what goes on behind the scenes. A caveat is that Army basic military training has been changing and any book may be outdated.

Into the Crucible

Want to know what it takes to become a Marine? This book chronicles the events of the 54-hour graduating event, the "Crucible." Although written in 1999, it continues to get five-star reviews and parents of aspiring Marines say it is an essential for both the recruit and their parents to read.

Eye of the Viper: The Making of an F-16 Pilot

Every year, more than $2 million is spent per student and more than 1,000 potential pilots undergo the intensive, six-month fighter pilot basic training, where they are pushed to the extreme limits, propelled by the desire to earn their place in a warrior subculture. Eye of the Viper, a book about the making of an F-16 fighter pilot throughout the training entire cycle.

Enlisted Soldier's Guide

The essential guide for the first-term soldier. Includes detailed information on dress and appearance, decorations, promotions, career planning, duties and responsibilities, assignments, and more. The 7th Edition was published in 2006. A new edition will be published in 2017

Do Not Forget To Study For The ASVAB

The ASVAB is the qualifying test required for ALL recruits entering all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as current service members who want to raise their score to qualify for more exclusive specialties or officer training. Practice taking the test and learn how the test asks questions. Learning HOW to take the test is half the battle and can be the difference between you getting the job you prefer in the military.