|MREs in the field|
They get an understanding of small unit tactics and basic familiarity with infantry weapons. As I told Ben when he was leaving, "Pay close attention. This could save your life some day."'
|Sleeping in metal sheds|
Some people take cell phones to MCT. The problem is, the School of Infantry where the course takes place is pretty remote. Some phones won't work there. Ben described MCT as very active, little sleep, and a lot of spending the night outside. It is a neat course. They get to use hand grenades, grenade launchers, and the SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon). The instructors treated them differently to the way the DI's treated them in boot camp, which was greatly appreciated and added to the effectiveness of the training.