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63 Days and a Wake-Up: Your Survival Guide to United States Army Basic Combat Training [Kindle Edition]

Don Herbert
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"""Straight forward, insightful, essential, and an easy-read. Every Warrior needs to get this book in their hands before going off to BCT. This is the real deal.""
-First Sergeant David Bobenmoyer, Company B 1SG,
Recruit Sustainment Battalion, Camp Grayling, Michigan

""Specialist Herbert makes it 'Too-Easy' to get ready for life down-range at BCT. If every one of my soldiers read this book and followed the advice, they would have a distinct advantage over those who didn't. In short: Read it and heed it.""
-Drill Sergeant J.A.L.
Fort Jackson, South Carolina

A must-read for anyone considering the change from civilian to soldier, 63 Days and a Wake-Up takes you inside the closely guarded world of U.S. Army Basic Combat Training, providing an informative and enlightening look at the fascinating process that transforms everyday citizens into modern day American heroes."

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About the Author

Specialist Don Herbert is a Flight Medic (MOS 68W2F) with the Army National Guard. He's the author of "The Case Against Mixed Nuts", and the founder of the revolutionary diet "Eat Less: Exercise More". His new book; "They Call Me Doc" will be on the shelves late in 2010. Don is a full-time paramedic/firefighter with Independence Fire Department in Clarkston, Michigan.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3697 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0595425119
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (September 28, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007G67KYA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, well written, and useful guide October 18, 2007
Format:Paperback
Written for someone considering joining the Army but without trying to convince them one way or the other, "63 Days" takes you from the recruiting process through boot camp. The author, a National Guardsman who spends part of his spare time "pleading with his neighbor to wear clothes while shooting groundhogs in his backyard", suspects that "you've got better things to do with your time and money than spend it on a three-hundred-page book that contains forty pages of substance". Predictably, the resulting 167 pages are a useful, easy to read description of what to expect from basic combat training. I was able to read most of my copy in a single evening, and I enjoyed it despite having no interest in joining the Army. Herbert gives useful advice to make the basic training experience "fun". Whether "fun" is the kind of fun that most people have, or the kind of "fun" that masochists have, is not clearly defined, however. Advice ranges from not bringing your stash of alcohol and porn to perhaps surprisingly, "keeping it real", when circumstances dictate. Since contact with the outside world during basic is extremely limited, it is important to take care of any business beforehand. Be careful choosing who you have to help you back home as it leads many people into big trouble. There's also plenty of useful advice about what items to bring that you might not think of, a fingernail brush, foot powder and a flashlight for instance, as well as the proper physical training you need before you leave. Remember, when it comes to exercise, the Army way and your way may not be the same - and the Army insists that their way is right. You need to enter boot camp already prepared. This book should help you do it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I purchased this and a another basic guide book for my son before he left for Army basic training. This one by far, is the most easy to read and covers more of what you really need to know. This book is geared for army enlistees and not those of other branches, so if you're going into the marines, etc., you will be disappointed, so buy a different book.

The book answered questions that his recruiter seemed to be unknowledgeable about or reluctant to answer. One of the most significant, that he could earn his first stripe before leaving for boot camp; which he was able to do.

I truly believe this book gave my son a better understanding of what to expect, a better list of what to take and not take with him and how to conduct himself once he arrived at basic. I wish I had a book like this to read before I went through basic years ago, but reading it brought back memories and a lot of a-ha moments.

This should definitely be in every recruiter's library and on every future Army soldier's must read list!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!!! June 14, 2008
Format:Paperback
As someone who aspires to join the military one day and has read many BCT survival guides, I can proudly say there is no better book on the market than 63 Days and a Wake-up!!! It is intuitive, astounding, and to the point. Specialist Herbert did a remarkable job writing this must have book. It's as if you're already at BCT and know what to expect. Like Don says, he won't give you a 300 page book that contains 40 pages of substance. Every page is of helpful material to get you ready for RECBN/BCT or so you can just have a better understanding of what it's like. Starting with the recruitment process and ending with life at BCT, every single aspect is covered and explained. What I look for in an Army BCT survival guide and have not found in the many I have read are the helpful hints and tips found in this book for while you are in training or in the preparation process. It's easy to see that the Specialist wrote much of this while at BCT. Even if you're not interested in joining the Army, I would recommend this to anyone to better understand the "Army Strong Process" and for anyone seriously considering it, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK!!!

After reading this book, I immediately e-mailed Specialist Herbert and complimented on it. I also asked him if it would be okay if I could talk to him sometime with questions about the Army I had. He responded the very next day and gave me his phone number. I called him with the questions I had and not only did he answer all of them but he couldn't have been any nicer and insightful with the information he gave me. He is a truly outstanding guy and the best warrior America has to offer. I can't wait and look forward to the sequel to this book coming out soon!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming February 25, 2009
By Norbert
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Allow me to save you the trouble of buying and reading this book: open a checking account before reporting for BCT, don't bring any pornography or weapons, and don't fraternize with other recruits. That's pretty much all I learned from this book that I couldn't find out from a cursory glance at some websites on the topic.

The author ominously says in his introduction that he wants to leave some of the surprise of BCT for you to experience. He's not kidding. He focuses way too much on Reception Batallion and the paperwork you will be filling out. He doesn't spend nearly enough time on the specific day to day tasks you'll take on in BCT.

I totally understand that experiencing BCT first hand that is meant to transform you from civilian to soldier. I also respect the point of view that taking away all of the surprise might be less than ideal for a would-be soldier.
But if this is the author's reasoning for not giving away some inside tricks to doing well in BCT, then who is this book's intended audience? I bought and read this book because I didn't want to just survive BCT, I wanted to crush it and come out at the top of my class. That said, I was 32 when I read it. Maybe if I was 17 the advice might have been very useful. I don't know. But I was certainly left wanting for more and I ended up finding it in another book that I reviewed here on amazon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So Much Good Info!
I have really enjoyed this book and learned so much of what my son will be doing while in BCT! I recommend this book not only to Guys and Girls getting ready for Basic, but also... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Vickie Bayer Gates
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this boook!
I love the book! i learned so much, i wanted to join the Army and also thinking of the Navy. I am doing the Exercises written on the book :) ' i would recommend it to anyone who... Read more
Published on August 9, 2011 by cri1991zta
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Preparation Manual!
This book was fantastic! As I complete my degree in anticipation of enlistment and Basic Training I have purchased many of these kinds of preparatory books and this one was... Read more
Published on November 1, 2010 by Christian C Wisler
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! It couldn't hurt me that's for sure.
Wow it was exactly as described by its description and reviewers. I haven't gone to basic yet, but this book is such an easy read and informative at the same time that I can't... Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by Akita
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book and Reference Material
This is a great book to have with you before, during, and after your Oath of Enlistment. I flew through the book in just under 3 hours. Just a really great read. Read more
Published on April 23, 2010 by Kevin Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Should Be Mandatory For Any Recruit
SPC Herbet easily outlines all practical information that is essential for any one interested in Army Basic Combat Training. Read more
Published on April 20, 2009 by dsmed25C
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book was a very easy read. I am currently going into the Army and like the author, I am an older than the average private. Mr. Read more
Published on April 7, 2009 by Carl E. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but could be better
I read this book after reading Thomas Ricks' "Making the Corps" so compared to that book, I was a bit disappointed. Read more
Published on July 11, 2008 by Aaron Askew
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