You asked me before what it was that I wish that I had know before NU. What questions did I wish that I had asked? Well, I think you've certainly asked a few good ones! I admit that I still stand by my 'blissful' ignorance policy when jumping into training, but I am happy to help with the basics :)
I LOVE my Danner ACU boots. They have been through EVERYTHING with me (from my Dog River to, well, this year's Dog River). The best place to look are through your Army/Navy surplus stores, PX, AAFES, or the companies directly. Nike makes running boots that I heard were excellent, but it is all about you. I recommend insoles though. But, no matter where you go: BREAK IN YOUR BOOTS BEFORE COMING HERE. I cannot stress enough the importance of taking those lifesavers for a walk a few times (go for walks, a short hike or two) and getting used to them. Trust me, you will thank me later.
For your hair....you will learn. I thought I had regulation hair when I cut it, but I was wrong. As a woman at NU, your hair defines you. As silly as it sounds, it is the one thing that seperates you from the men, it is your sense of individuality and feminism. Take pride this summer in practicing slapping on some gel and getting your hair into a slick, professional ponytail. Wrap it around the hair band and secure with small, nylon bands (like the ones used for holding braids or cornrows) and bobby pins. Experiment with pulling a ponytail through a sock doughnut and covering the sockbefore wrapping your hair (sock bun). There are so many possibilities! Later on, you will have more time and opportunity to play with professional looking braids and styles. My signature is my 'poof' (created after much time, effort, and getting in trouble for my hair :) ) It is all about you as a female in the Corps, so have fun with it!
Our bathrooms (called 'latrines') are communal, most have two stalls that are shared (like a locker room). None of us were ever nervous about sharing a shower stall because we were always rushing so much it was just enough to be clean!
Do you have any more questions? Please let me know (and that is for anyone!)
C/CPL Ari Eaton
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