Boot Camp Crud – Part 3 of Boot Camp Basic

July 17, 2008 · Filed Under Basic Training, Military Parents 

The Crud –


Take 30 or so men (or women) from all over the country and all their accompanying germs.

Add: Very little sleep

Stress and tension

Strange food, eaten at full tilt

Physical training and running everywhere

Sleeping in close quarters

Result: The Crud – usually a nagging, nasty, cough/cold, sinus involvement possible.

Your recruit will get sick. No matter how healthy, how prepared with running and physical training – your recruit will get the Crud. They ARE allowed to go to the clinic, but you will find your recruit will not want to – for whatever reason. They are scared that they will miss something important. Don’t worry, if they really get very sick, the Drill Instructor will make them go! One mom sent a LARGE box of bandaids – all sizes.  BLISTERS!  Those new boots will rub in some strange places.

LAW – our son’s biggest request was for cough drops. My husband thought it was for candy – sweet is sweet, but we found out that every one had a cold! His drill Sgt – at graduation- thanked me for sending the box of Halls that I shipped (of course I had to strain to hear him.. he had laryngitis!)

SSM — Navy, Marine or Army (I haven’t heard this from any AF moms) — they all get it — do you know that is why they sleep foot/head/foot head at boot camp? so no one is breathing on any other recruit!! (doesn’t help — they all get it anyway!

Lela: He did send me a note asking for vitamins and sore throat drops.  They get the Boot Camp Crud at Parris Island as well.  Everyone got sick at some point, according to my son.  He also asked for bug spray to try to combat the sand fleas.  According to him, it didn’t work.

So- did yours get the Crud, or something different?  Any other suggestions?


4 Responses to “Boot Camp Crud – Part 3 of Boot Camp Basic”

  1. ABNPOPPA on July 17th, 2008 1:13 pm

    If I may comment from experience as both a person who has experienced “boot camp” many years ago and as the parent of a soldier who recently returned from Iraq.

    Send your soldiers USPS post cards. Fill out the questions you want to know about. They can just check off the answers and you can make up funny questions for them. They are really not in the thinking mode in boot camp.


    1. How’s the food? Good___ Bad___ Who Cares___

    2. Is your Drill Sgt a nice man? Yes___No___
    Cross between a pit bull and snake ____

    Then leave a couple of lines like this for your soldier to write a short note.


    My mother did this for me back when I was in basic and overseas in the 1960’s and I promise you she received more mail this way than if she would have waited on my to write.

    From a parents perspective you do this weekly and every week you get some news your soldier is OK. Very important if they are deployed to a combat zone. And, yes, bad news travels fast, no news IS good news.

    G-d Bless your soldiers and you, the families of these great, soon to be warriors!!

  2. nanceoso on July 17th, 2008 4:13 pm

    My 2 Sons went through what you are calling the crud and were in the Air Force Boot Camp but begged us not to send anything for it. There was not one person that was not sick, but they were not allowed to even take a cough drop while in basic training. You could go to the dr. and that was it. My one sons room mate came down with a contagious walking pneumonia and was the whole day in the hospital with temp of 104 and then sent back to the dorm with a mask on and antibiotics. We were lucky that my son did not catch it. But they would not take anything even on the weekend on graduation, we bought dayquil and nightquil and halls and they refused to have a trace of drugs in their system as that is a ticket out of the Air Force as it is zero tolerance for any drugs of any type. If the doctor on base has not prescribed it for your child on his record then it is illegal.
    Now the term “Crud”, I heard first from my daughter when she went to Korea to stay a month with her husband on base as there is a yellow dust that floats from China all over Asia called the Crud and it gives you an upper respiratory infection. Look it up on Google, it is interesting and has made me not want to visit them over there.
    The one that is from basic training here is a cold from over worked, under eating, stressed out and taken to the max under pressure in all weather extremes. Vaccines of all types and just an overload on the body.
    Now, I have a question for the parent zone, my son is leaving in 20 days for Okinawa and is a bachelor and I would like to know how many pounds he is allowed to send over there. I know it is different then my daughter and son that are married which get to send a ridiculous amount but my son didn’t get the amount in his briefings this week. I was wondering if anyone had a quick answer for me so I could pack a bachelor kitchen. I guess it wasn’t in the briefings as he is the only one going oversees in his graduating class. So, thank you for any advice you can give me about this tropical island.

  3. nanceoso on July 17th, 2008 4:46 pm

    Mother of 2 Air Force airmen and one comment to add to my above. I saw above a mom mention that your soldiers don’t want to go to the clinic for anything no matter how sick when they get sick and the truth of the matter is that is they miss to many days, they get recycled and don’t graduate and have to take boot camp over if a certain amount of days are missed. The instructors try to avoid this from happing and try and help them at all cost make up for the week they missed instead of getting recycled but it is hard for your soldiers to believe that. I mean would you believe someone that has been yelling at you since you arrived off the bus and your usually 18 or 19 years old. My one son is 24 so he knew that he had to take his roommate to the emergency room or he would die and he told him that he would graduate maybe a week late, but wouldn’t take the whole boot camp over unless he was 6 weeks in the hospital. My son explained that every week there were new recruits and he would graduate with one of those classes if needed that was a week behind theres. And as it turns out the roommate graduated with his class. So let your soldier know that it is all right to go to the clinic if they are running a fever.

  4. Guest commentor on July 18th, 2008 12:54 am

    From a commentor, who sent it to the RSS feed Email

    My daughter has been gone to basic since June 25 and the only thing she has ask for were ponytail holders and I have only received that one letter. But from reading other emails I have been writing her every other day and still praying for another phone call, haven’t received one since that 1 minute call.

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