Recruits come to boot camp with many of society's values—or lack of values. Training methods that worked in the old days don't work today. We must find new methods to instill basic skills and military values into new recruits. We must build sailors better.
A young recruit arrived at Chicago's O'Hare Airport after a long flight from San Antonio, Texas. He was tired, scared, and badly confused after his first trip in an airplane. He had no idea of how to recover his luggage. After asking directions and losing his way in the airport several times, he succeeded in finally collecting his belongings from the baggage carousel.
At this point, he started looking around the airport, trying to figure out a way to get himself to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. His entrance-processing center had advised him to await transportation and had given him a voucher and appropriate numbers to call, but he had misplaced most of his induction package. Anyway, he felt that he'd make a better first impression by getting to the Training Center right away. Above all, he wanted to do the right thing.