Use this checklist to make sure you pack everything you'll need at BCT. Keep in mind that all of your personal belongings must be able to fit into one medium-sized gym bag—so make sure none of that space is taken up by anything that will get confiscated at BCT.



Personal documents (5 copies of each):

___ Certified copy of high school diploma or GED certificate

___ Certified copy of college transcript(s)

___ Original Social Security card

___ Valid driver's license with photo or other valid photo ID

___ Valid driver's license, if required by your MOS (be sure it's valid 30 days past your MOS training)

___ ATM or debit card for SurePay account

___ Certified copy of marriage license

___ Certified copy of divorce decree

___ Certified copy of birth certificates for children under 18

___ Certified copy of legal papers for any family members in your household for whom you have physical custody and/or financial responsibility

___ Eyeglass or contact lens prescription

___ Letter from doctor listing all required prescription drugs, including birth control pills

___ Lease agreement or rental contract

___ Any other legal document that may affect your pay

___ If spouse is in military: spouse's name, Social Security number and military address

Military documents (5 copies of each):

All documents received from your unit RRNCO and/or MEPS, including:

___ Military orders

___ Travel and meal tickets (supplied by MEPS on the day you report for shipping to BT)

___ Copy of DA Form 4187 showing promotion and/or Stripes for Buddies eligibility

Additional documents, including:

___ Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)

___ Copies of your SF1199A (direct deposit form), signed by a bank official, with your account and routing numbers filled in

___ Telephone number of the Liaison Officer/NCO at Battalion Reception


___ 2-day supply of casual, comfortable clothing

___ 1 pair of comfortable shoes

___ 6 pairs of white, calf-length athletic socks

___ Running shoes

___ Shower shoes

___ Eyeglass band (if you wear eyeglasses)

___ 3 pairs of white underwear (men)

___ Athletic supporter (men)

Additional clothing/personal items for women:

___ 3 pairs of underwear (white, black or beige)

___ 3 bras (white, black or beige)

___ 1 full slip (white, black or beige)

___ 1 pair flesh-tone nylons/pantyhose

___ Feminine hygiene products


___ Disposable/safety razor with blades

___ Shaving cream

___ Toothbrush with case

___ Toothpaste

___ Dental floss

___ Hairbrush or 6-inch black comb

___ Antiperspirant

___ Soap and soap case


___ Luggage (1 small suitcase or duffel bag)

___ 2 washcloths and towels

___ 2 locks (combination or padlock with 2 keys)

___ $25–50 in cash, traveler's checks or money orders

___ Long-distance calling cards

___ Small box of laundry detergent

___ Stamps

___ Stationery

___ Insect repellent

___ Holy Scripture (Bible, Koran, etc.), if desired


  • Family members
  • Pets
  • Weapons
  • Privately owned vehicles
  • Steel hair picks
  • Pocket knives
  • Obscene/pornographic material
  • Playing cards
  • Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Tobacco products
  • Batteries (except size D)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Non-prescription drugs
  • Perfume or cologne
  • Jewelry, watches or other valuables
  • Electronic devices (CD players, cameras, laptops, etc.)
  • Personal reading materials (magazines, books, etc.)