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What to Bring to Air Force Basic Training

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So you are between 17-27 years of age, you are a legal permanent or natural born United States citizen, you have taken the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), you have completed all mental and physical screenings, you have signed up and you are ready to be sent to basic training. Before you start packing, talk to your recruiter: he or she may tell you a more specific list or have some good tips for your list of HAVE to HAVES, which vary from branch to branch. But in general, use this packing list as a guide for what to bring:

PAPERWORK

Your social security card (this is a MUST HAVE)
Your driver's license or a photo ID (this is a MUST HAVE)
Your direct deposit form
Copy of marriage license
Dependent(s) birth record(s)
College transcript for advanced rank
Naturalization papers (if necessary)

LIFE AT BASIC

Shampoo
Deodorant
Shower shoes
Soap
Razor
Shaving cream
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Toothbrush tray
Sanitary napkins or tampons (if necessary)
Sports bra (if necessary)
Underwear
Hairties or bobby pins (if necessary)
Brush or comb
Civilian clothes for two days
Stamps (optional)
Watch (optional)
Calling card (optional)
Stationary (optional)
Cash (optional)

WHAT NOT TO BRING

Knives
Dice or cards
Magazines or reading material
Tobacco
Large photo albums (a few photos are permitted)
Over-the-counter medication
Aerosol sprays
Remember to GO LIGHT on your packing. The Air Force will give you almost everything you need when you arrive.

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