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Is there a good estimate based on the books of how long the Basic training at Camp Currie lasted?

  • I can't think of any canon reference from the films. Most military training is between 10-15 weeks before first posting. I'll have a gander at the books and see if there's anything – Valorum Jan 18 '14 at 22:09
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    @Richard - when discussing "Starship Troopers", the words "films" and "canon" do NOT belong in the same sentence. Hell, same universe :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Jan 18 '14 at 22:20
  • At least I didn't say "1988 OVA" – Valorum Jan 18 '14 at 22:34
  • I'll have to pay particular attention the next time I read/listen to ST, my impression has always been around 9 months, but suspect that's loosely based on particular stages of the training taking some stated amount of time and then interpolating from there. If memory serves, there are some definite time markers (timespan between start and the hanging, time spent looking for survival training survivors, etc). Based on the amount of training, it would definitely be longer than infantry OSUT (Base+AIT ~15 weeks in 1985). – Ken Hiatt Oct 31 '16 at 3:16
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In the book, we see that the bug war continues with one of the other races changing from bug ally to neutral to human ally so it appears that Officer Candidate School is several years in length. The analogy to west point also seems to imply that it is several years long. Basic training also seems to be longer as the bug war itself changes from threats into full scale war. The implication seems to be that it is longer than the normal type of basic that would be occurring nowadays.

The fact of his father entering the war and becoming a senior NCO after the attack on Earth would imply a longer period of time. That is, the basic training would be close to a significant fraction of the time taken up by OCS.

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    The question was about basic training, not OCS. – user14111 Apr 20 '14 at 3:21

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