Here is a checklist of all the essentials that you will need at BCT. Make sure you pack them in one medium-sized gym bag.

What to Bring


  • Casual clothing for 2 days
  • 3 pairs of underwear for men (white)
  • Athletic supporter (men)
  • 1 pair of comfy shoes
  • Running shoes
  • Shower shoes
  • 6 pairs of calf-length athletic socks (white)
  • Eyeglass band (for those who wear eyeglasses)

Personal items for women include 1 full slip, pantyhose, 3 pairs of underwear and 3 bras. The bras and underwear should be in black, white and beige colors. Do not forget to include feminine hygiene products that you may need.


  • Shaving cream
  • Disposable/safety razor with blades
  • Toothpaste & toothbrush with case
  • Dental floss
  • Antiperspirant
  • Soap and soap case
  • 6-inch black comb
  • Luggage/ duffel bag
  • laundry detergent (small box)
  • 2 washcloths
  • Insect repellant
  • 2 locks (combination or padlock with 2 keys)
  • Long distance calling cards
  • Stationery
  • Stamps
  • $25-40 in cash, money order or traveler’s checks
  • Holy Scripture (Bible, Koran, etc.)

Personal Documents

  • Certified copy of high school diploma
  • Copy of GED certificate if any
  • College transcript (s) Copy
  • Debit card/ATM for Sure Pay Account
  • Original Social Security card
  • Valid driver’s license with photo
  • Driver’s license that is valid 30 days after your MOS training
  • Marriage license copy or divorce decree
  • If your spouse is in the military, you need to provide their name, social security, and military address
  • Birth certificate copies for children under the age of 18 years
  • Certified copy of legal documents for custody of family members in your home
  • Contact lens or eyeglass prescription
  • Letter from doctor citing all the needed prescription drugs including birth control pills
  • Rental contract or lease agreement
  • Other legal documents that may have an effect on your pay

Other Documents Include

  • Leave and Earning Statement (LES)
  • Copies of your SF1199A account
  • Contact information of the Liaison officer

Also, carry 5 copies of all military documents received from RRNCO and/or MEPS units. These include military orders, travel and meal tickets offered by MEPS and copy of DA form 4187 that shows the eligibility of promotion or Stripes for Buddies.

Things Not to Bring

  • Drugs that are not prescribed
  • Cell phones
  • Pets
  • Family
  • Weapons including pocket knives
  • Valuables like jewelry
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
  • Personal vehicles
  • Playing cards and dice
  • Pornographic material
  • Dominoes
  • Electronic devices
  • Perfume
  • Reading materials
  • Batteries

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