Forget your comfort zone; ALERT Basic Training’s structure is similar to a¬†military boot camp, and it’s designed to stretch and challenge you beyond your perceived limits. Here are some things you can do to be more prepared for the rigors of Basic.

  • Start memorizing the book of 1 Peter in the King James Version. You will be required to memorize and recite the book word-perfect by week 7 of Basic Training; the time you spend working toward that goal beforehand will significantly ease the pressure of weekly deadlines once you arrive. Many ALERT recruits have stated that the required pace of memorization was among the toughest mental challenges they faced during Basic.
  • Practice writing by hand, and ensure that your handwriting is legible, as you will be required to take notes, write letters and keep a journal throughout your ALERT training.
  • Begin a personal physical training regimen. Daily PTs during Basic Training involve running, conditioning, and stretching, in addition to daily and weekly events that require significant physical exertion.
    • Before Basic, we recommend that you run two to three times a week, until you can run two miles continuously without slowing or stopping to rest.
    • Developing strength through correctly executed push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and pull-ups is vital.
    • A sports physical must be conducted no more than 60 days prior to the start of Basic Training, and must be submitted to ALERT no later than two weeks before your start date.
    • Additional physical training recommendations can be found on page 19 of the ALERT Basic Training Application.
  • Test your gear as much as possible.
    • Carefully review the Basic Training packing list on the Eligibility & Application page, to ensure that the gear you purchase is of the right type and of a high enough quality to meet the rigorous use standards of Basic Training.
    • Make sure that your pack is the right size and can comfortably hold between thirty to forty pounds.
    • Your¬†tent should be light, but durable enough not to break or tear with heavy use.
    • Make sure your hiking shoes fit comfortably; a poor fit will cause blisters within an hour or two.
    • Pack duplicate toiletries such as toothbrushes, razors, toothpaste, etc. so that your day pack and multi-day pack are both ready to go at all times.
    • An ALERT officer will call you to conduct a phone interview as part of your application process; he will be prepared to answer any questions you may have regarding proper gear.
    • Before you arrive, clearly label all of your gear and clothing items with your name.
  • Finally, practice rising early and spending time in prayer and personal Bible study. Basic Training is designed to help you draw closer to the Lord; start now!