[NON-FAN ACCOUNT / INFO] 150401 A Trainee’s Account of Kim Jaejoong in the Army + Training Center

[NON-FAN ACCOUNT / INFO] 150401 A Trainee’s Account of Kim Jaejoong in the Army + Training Center

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JYJ3’s Note: Currently Kim Jaejoong is in the Training Center or Boot Camp.

1) He’s eating well but looks out window during the meal, looks uncomfortable because everyone is looking at him but
2) he looks happy at the same time because everyone says he is so handsome… (What a cutie)!
3) He talks a lot to other trainees.

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Information About the Training Center or Boot Camp:
First comes the 5-week stint at the training center/boot camp. In the first three days, new recruits receive their supplies. These supplies include everything, including uniform, boots, and underwear. Strictly speaking, no soldier in the training center is allowed to have any private item – everything is provided by the military. In practice, soldiers in the training center are generally allowed to have a spare pair of glasses, a watch, a small amount of cash, etc. There is more leeway with respect to personal items once the men are assigned to their bases.
The recruits’ personal items – usually the clothes in which they come into the boot camp – are packed up and sent back to their parents. It is the quintessential Korean mother’s experience to cry over her son’s dusty clothes mailed back to her after she sent her son away for his military service.
New recruits are then given a physical. Although it is extremely rare to be sent home at this stage, there are a few whose health has significantly deteriorated below draft eligibility between the time when they received the initial physical and the time when they report to the training center. These men are sent home.
Then the new recruits receive an exam that would determine their specialty as a soldier. This is based on their college major, career background, etc. However, this is far from a scientific process; more like a rough guess. For example, many math majors are assigned to artillery because firing a cannon requires a quick number-crunching ability. But it is not as if these men are tested as to how fast they can actually calculate things.
Once the specialties are assigned, the new recruits are trained to be soldiers. They receive their weapons, learn how to shoot rifles and throw grenades, learn how to march and patrol, etc. It is more or less the training you might see in a movie – they go through marches with full gear (around 55 to 60 pounds) during the day and at night, learn how to fight with bayonet, train how to use their hazmat masks and sit through tear gas, learn how to dig trenches and encamp, learn first aid, etc. After five weeks of this, the soldiers are assigned to their bases.

Non-Fan Account Translated by: @crystalmoon64Sources: askakorean, 대한민국육군Shared by: JYJ3 Posted In: Fan Account / Staff Account, Info/Trans
Tagged: Jaejoong, Military Service