I just exited active duty in July of 2009. AIT will be significantly different for you than it was for me, since my basic training and AIT were rolled together into Infantry One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Benning, GA. From talking with friends of mine though, your AIT should be significantly calmer than basic training, with more of a focus on learning your job. If they don’t let you in the gym to train on your own during AIT, you can be certain you’ll have a “normal” life to train with weights after AIT.
As far as Army gyms go, they’re OK for the most part, unless an entire unit is training there together at once, usually bullshitting around a bench press station, supersetting that with some lame crunches.
Oh, and of course they will be wearing stupid PT gear and reflector belts … if at all possible, try to break your unit’s rules and wear normal friggen’ clothes while you train. You can also usually train at other branch’s gyms, like the Air Force, for a change of pace and scenery.
Let me quench a myth that pervades most people’s opinions of basic training. If you’re a fat bastard, then yes you’ll drop pounds and gain muscle endurance during basic training. However, if you’re a skinny-to-muscular guy, you’ll most likely gain plenty of useless aerobic endurance and muscular endurance, but you’ll probably lose muscle and strength, as well as gain some body fat from all that running and ruck marching.
The chow is terrible for promoting growth, with little protein and tons of refined carbs and trans fats, whether it be from the chow hall or an MRE. Of course, you’ll have to eat it and eat lots of it, just do your best to get back on track after basic and AIT are over.
Your MOS sounds like you’ll get to work with a lot of radios, so if you enjoy that, you’ll enjoy your job. A final piece of advice is to lead by example, whether it be physical training or your job. Don’t drink some other pussy’s kool-aid just because he’s a higher rank than you. Find people who are the most squared-away and latch onto them … learn from them.
Good Luck dude.
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Agreed. Thanks for the info!