It depends on what branch of the service you're joining.
Ask your recruiter for a list.
Marines don't take anything.
Here's the Army list.
BRING THESE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO BASIC TRAINING!!!!!!
Certified copies of your children's birth certificates.
Certified copy of divorce decree ( if your present spouse has a previous divorce bring a copy of that decree also).
Your social security card.
Banking account information to establish Direct Deposit of military pay.
Running shoes (Must be proper running shoes, color is insignificant).
Personal hygiene kit.
2 plain towels.
Stationary and stamps.
Sports Bra (minimum of 2) FEMALES ONLY.
Regular Bra (minimum of 4) FEMALES ONLY.
White calf length socks with no logos or color on them.
Hair restraints of hair color. FEMALES ONLY.
White Slip. FEMALES ONLY.
Shower shoes (Plain not fancy).
Civilian clothes (no more than 2 sets).
Personal address book.
Female hygiene items.
ITEMS NOT TO BRING WITH YOU TO BASIC TRAINING!!!!!!
Products containing alcohol.
Medication not prescribed by military medical personnel.
Magazines or newspapers.
Large bulky items.
Jewelry other than wedding band.
Here's the Air Force list.
To complete all of your military records, you will need to bring some items with you to basic training. Better to be safe than sorry so, bring any paperwork you think may be useful during your processing. Below is a list of the minimum documents you should bring if you have them:
Civilian eyeglasses Contact lenses/case
College transcripts Driver's license
Social Security Card Marriage license
Dependents' birth records JROTC/ROTC certificates
Civil Air Patrol certificates Naturalization papers
Alien Card Enlistment contract
Any important paperwork relating to your prescription
Banking Information (routing number, account number, bank name/address)
Required Items (All)
All recruits are required to have the following items. Don't worry, if you don't bring them with you, as you will be allowed to purchase the items on arrival. Cost of purchase will come out of your military pay.
Laundry soap Ball-point pen (black or blue)
Toothbrush Toothbrush tray
Toothpaste or powder Notebook and paper
Black shoe polish Shine brush/cloth
Shower shoes Soap (bar or liquid)
Soap tray (if bar soap is used)
Required Items (Males)
Shaving Equipment Shaving cream or Electric pre-shave lotion
Required Items (Females)
Sanitary napkins/tampons Bras/sport bras
Hair bands, bobby pins, etc. Underwear
Brushes or combs Nylons/panty hose (6 WOT)
Optional Items (All)
As with the required items, you'll have an opportunity to purchase any or all of the optional items upon arrival, with the cost of the times coming out of your military pay.
Envelopes Towels (2)
Cotton balls Spray starch/fabric finish
Nail trimming equipment Sewing kit
Foot powder Shaving items (Females)
Spandex Shorts (females) Batteries (D size) (2)
Watch Calling card
White socks (3 pair) Stationary supplies
You should also bring enough civilian clothes to last about 3 days
Trainees who wear glasses or contacts are required to buy eyeglass straps.
Do not buy or bring over-the-counter medication.
Here's the Navy list
The following is a list of items that you must bring to training and are allowed to keep during training:
a. Photo I.D./ Drivers License
b. Social Security Card.
c. Marriage Certificate (if applicable).
d. Divorce Decree (if applicable).
e. Copies of Dependents Birth Certificate (if applicable).
f. Complete civilian and military immunization records.
g. Direct Deposit System form with bank account and routing number information.
The following is a list of authorized personal items that you may want to bring to training, but are not required. Any unauthorized or unnecessary items (including the your civilian clothes) will be boxed up and shipped home at your expense.
1. Wrist watch, wedding ring.
2. Religious medallion (No larger than the size of a dog tag).
3. Writing material (NO bottled ink).
4. Pocket dictionary.
5. Pocket bible.
6. Small address book.
7. Hairbrush and comb.
8. Pre-paid phone cards.
9. One pair of prescription glasses, reading glasses or contacts (with one week of cleaning solution).
10. A small amount of cash (i.e. less than $10). Female recruits may retain the following personal items:
1. Feminine sanitary items.
2. Conservative cosmetics. Female/one each of face powder, blush, lipstick, eye shadow, and mascara (non-aerosol or glass) Make-up will be authorized for division photos and graduation weekend only.
3. Barrettes (Female/must match hair color).
4. Six white sports bras and two white full cup bras.
5. Six plain white cotton briefs (No lace).
6. One conservative, solid color (blue or black) one-piece swimsuit.
7. Birth control medications.
No No list for Navy
The following items are UNAUTHORIZED to be possessed by recruits in training:
1. Large cans of shaving cream. (12oz. Or larger)
2. All aerosol containers.
3. After shave/cologne.
4. Lighter fluid.
5. Disposable Lighters (the fluid cartridge of a “Zippo” lighter will be confiscated, the casing will be retained with)
6. Magazines, books (non-Navy).
7. Playing cards, dice, gambling paraphernalia.
8. Large bulky stationery.
9. Large hair combs/afro pics, rakes or anything made of metal.
10. Anything in glass containers including mirrors.
11. Double edge razors, blades.
12. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, tobacco, chewing tobacco.
13. Large deodorants (larger than 4oz).
14. Alcohol-based health & comfort items.
15. Portable electronics (Cell phones, pagers, PDAs, CD/cassette players, radios, MP3 players, hand held video games).
16. Civilian clothing.
18. Electric razors.
19. Large hair dryers.
20. Curling irons.
21. Other electrical items deemed unnecessary by the staff of RTC.
22. Food items (gums, candy, chip, etc).
23. All non-prescription drugs and medications that include but
are not limited to:
a. Phisoderm, Phisohex, etc.
b. Foot powders.
c. Rubbing alcohol.
d. Motion sickness medication.
e. Commercial sleeping aide.
g. Acne medications.
j. Eye wash (exception: saline solution for contacts).
k. Sex related materials (diaphragms, condoms, etc).
26. Clubs, batons, etc.
27. Brass knuckles.
28. All straight razors, knives, ice picks, scissor.
29. Narcotics/illegal drugs or any paraphernalia.
The other services have lists of what you should or should not bring with you. The Marines make it simple: Don't bring anything except your important papers (such as driver's license, social security card, and banking information), except the clothes on your back. Everything you need will be issued to you. For non-issue items, it will be issued, and the cost taken out of your pay.