Basic training, as anyone who has been there or even heard of it knows, involves a lot of yelling and getting smoked a lot. This is to be expected, given that when you enter the military, you start out not knowing too much and they are trying to whip you into shape.
But is it different for experienced soldiers going through training for higher level stuff? I heard that drill sergeants actually have to do basic training a second time as part of their drill sergeant course. Assuming that they must already have the BCT stuff down pat, shouldn’t they in theory be able to go the whole ten weeks without anyone ever yelling at them or getting smoked? How about for really elite training like SEAL training? I’ve heard horror stories about how tough it is, but I would think there would be a level of respect between the instructors and the recruits that wouldn’t be present in BCT due to the fact that anyone who is in SEAL school is already a pretty damn good warrior. So I would think that in theory, a SEAL recruit wouldn’t need an angry instructor in their face on an hourly basis. They are already motivated and already respect the chain of command.
Has anyone done this type of advanced training, whether it be Rangers, drill sergeant school, or any other type of elite course? Is the atmosphere similar to Basic, or is it a totally different relationship between recruits and instructors due to the fact that you’ve already proven you belong?
Bonus stupid question, something I was thinking about while going through what is known as the “shark attack”: if you were to take an elite group of soldiers and put them undercover to do BCT, would the drill sergeants be impressed with their performance or would they get berated and smoked all the time just like new recruits because that’s just how it is?
I’m just trying to picture a Shark Attack where no recruit is moving a muscle or doing anything wrong and drill sergeants stomping around huffing trying to find someone to smoke but unable to do so. That would be hilarious.