How to Practice Military Training Without Being in the Military

by Culture & Society Editor

Military training teaches discipline and other skills that are beneficial to all areas of life. Deciding to practice military training without being in the military means that you are making a commitment to improving your life. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

Learn military time and other lingo. The military uses a 24 hour time schedule so that the same time isn't repeated. For example, 1:00 p.m. is 1300 hours in military time, and midnight is 0000 hours. Some of the other lingo varies with each branch of the military so pick the branch you want to learn and find out about its lingo (see Resources below).

Get an education. Every person in the military learns to do a job. If you want to practice military training without being in the military, you need to learn to do a specific job.

Set a military like schedule and stick to it. For example, during U.S. Navy boot camp, you go to bed at 2200 hours and wake up at around 0400 hours. You should plan every second of your day.

Exercise every day. You should do a lot of running. Push-ups, jumping jacks, pull-ups and sit-ups are other common military exercises. You should exercise in the morning and in the evening. You may feel like taking a day off but, military discipline means that you will have to suck it up and do it even if you feel like resting.

Take a course in firearm safety. When you are in the military, you learn firearm safety. This is vital if you plan on carrying a firearm. You should check with your local law enforcement to find out how to legally carry a firearm in your area.

Sign up for a hand-to-hand combat course or self defense class. Most branches of the military teach their members how to defend themselves in case they are attacked. Keep in mind that this training should only be used if you are being attacked.

Keep in mind that military bearing and discipline applies to every aspect of your life. You should respect everyone around you. You have to keep your composure in any situation you are faced with, even ones that upset you.

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