Buy a watch before you go, worst case is you'll have iti n your personal bag. People bought watches while I was in OSUT, and they wante 35$ for a rinky-dink watch. I paid 25$ for my watch at wal-mart, and its a Timex Ironman. Survived all of OSUT and still works well today. I also had a 9$ walmart watch I took aswell, which is also still in operating order.
when i was at FLW a few weeks ago for OSUT we were allowed watches. i bought one at home and brought it with. they just have to be plain watches though and there are certain guidelines. In my experience though it was a good thing to have. After the first few weeks it helped to know how long you had to do something. People were ALWAYS asking me what time it was. Also when i was PG not having a watch would have been even harder. I say take one or at least buy one at the mini PX.
You likely will not be allowed to wear a watch until you have some sort of peer leadership i.e. squad leaders and PG. At that point only your SL and PG will be allowed to wear them. Until then, you are on DS time and you don't need to worry about what time it is.
Are you serious? When I went to basic in 07 they encouraged us to buy watches. ****, how the heck are you going to make time hacks when you have no idea what the time is?
Get a watch. The worst thing they can say is "no" or "good initiative, Platoon Leader" and if they say no, then use the watch in AIT when you WILL need to know the time. Use it when you are at drill and eventually overseas.
This is a very interesting topic to me. I went through USMC bootcamp and time deprivation was part of the mental conditioning process. We were not allowed watches and there were no clocks within view in any facilities used by recruits. The only time you ever saw a clock was at night for firewatch. The DI would put a digital clock in the window of the DI house at taps and take it down just before reveille. Not ever knowing what time it is can mess with your head sometimes, lol.
I like the MTM's, which one did you get? And go figure an LT would flaunt a watch, the type of which I have been wanting for a couple of years now (yes I have had the catalogue for that same amount of time
As to BCT - take a watch - not a GPS watch - but a basic G-Shock or Ironman... it (the watch you get) shoud be able to take a bit of abuse, be simple - not stick out from your wrist like you have another hand, HAVE ALL THE ALARMS DISABLED. The advice on a cheap sturdy watch in earlier posts is sound. If you are not allowed to have it in your particular BCT, then it can be stowed in the wall-locker or your personal bags that will be locked away after reception (which will probably be the case if you show up at BCT with a GPS or Navigator watch).
If you do not have a watch (or bring one of the high-speed models that have all the gadgets, or is covered in logos or bright colors - which will end up being packed away until you finish) then you will have to jump through hoops to get whatever is available when you have an authorized chance to go to the PX (Post Exchange) to get access to the limited number or personal hygeine items you need, and may not have enough of.
Last edited by LRSU_Dog; January 20th, 2011, 11:32 PM.