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Complete the automated Army training at Camp McClintock

Back to Basic is a main quest in Fallout 76. This quest can be started immediately after leaving Vault 76, but it will not lead to the next quest until One of Us has been completed. Same for completing Recruitment Blues to join the Brotherhood of Steel and proceed on to Belly of the Beast.

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This quest can be started autonomously any time after leaving Vault 76, the player character is prompted to begin it when they encounter the locked elevator in Fort Defiance which requires a military ID card to access during Recruitment Blues, or completes One of Us with MODUS to join the Enclave, where he will mention going to Camp McClintock to join the Army before he would grant full access to The Whitespring bunker's Military Wing and the promotion system necessary to gain access to the Appalachian Automated Launch System. The player character must first become a member of the U.S. military by completing the training regimen at Camp McClintock before they are able to obtain a military ID card and MODUS lets them into the Military Wing to begin Officer on Deck.

Travel to Camp McClintock and speak to the Master Sergeant Gutsy. The Master Sergeant will not permit the player character to begin their training without being appropriately dressed in military fatigues and an Army helmet, though this step can be bypassed if wearing them before speaking with the Master Sergeant, who is immediately impressed to see a new recruit already in uniform before speaking to it. These items of clothing can be found throughout Appalachia; they are also issued by the Quartermaster Gutsy as long as one is in possession of a uniform voucher. The uniform disbursement log located on the quartermaster's desk indicates that Cadet Darek Archibald lost his voucher in the barracks. The player character can search the barracks for the voucher and return with it to the Quartermaster who will provide them with the required uniform, while also commenting on the uniform dispenser still working after being inactive for so long.

Once the uniform is equipped, speak with the Master Sergeant again to begin the training regimen. This consists of three training courses on marksmanship, agility and patriotism which can be completed in any order (specific details on each of the subquests can be found on their respective pages).

  • Marksmanship Course: Shoot all the targets before time runs out.
  • Agility Course: Complete an obstacle course before time runs out.
  • Patriotism Training: Investigate three suspicious boys to find evidence and determine which of them might be a Communist sympathizer.

Report back to the Master Sergeant after completing the three training courses. The player character will then be asked to take part in a final Live Fire Training Exercise. This exercise involves facing off against three waves of Communist robots: (Comrade Eyebots, Communist sympathizer Protectrons and Communist trooper Mister Gutsies).

Upon completing the exercise, return to the Master Sergeant and graduate as a fully-fledged member of the U.S. military. This grants the player character access to the military wing of the Whitespring bunker after completing One of Us and also enables them to obtain a military ID card from the Charleston DMV as part of Recruitment Blues.

Quest stages

Quest stages
StageStatusDescriptionLog Entry
? Visit the Whitespring Military WingIt sounds like the bunker has a military wing, but that it requires some additional clearances. MODUS said I can pay it a visit to get more information.
? Register with the camp Master SergeantMODUS says the first step to gaining access to the Military Wing command center is completing the training regimen at Camp McClintock. Looks like it's time to enlist.
? Equip a set of FatiguesThe camp Master Sergeant said I need to track down and don a set of military fatigues and an Army helmet or find myself a "Uniform Voucher." I should look around, see if I can find one of those.
? Equip an Army Helmet
? (Optional) Search the area for a Uniform VoucherThe camp Master Sergeant said I need to track down and don a set of military fatigues and an Army helmet or find myself a "Uniform Voucher." I remember reading there might be one of those in the old barracks.
? (Optional) Search the barracks for Pvt. Archibald's Uniform VoucherIt seems one of the cadets left a Uniform Voucher in the barracks. I should go check and see if it's still there.
? (Optional) Collect your uniformI found the Uniform Voucher. Now I just need to go turn it in and collect my outfit.
? Present yourself to the Master SergeantHelmet and fatigues acquired. Now to put them on and check in with the Master Sergeant.
? Complete the Marksman Training CourseIt seems there are three courses I'm going to have to complete - Marksmanship, Agility, and Patriotism. I should get moving.
? Complete the Agility Training Course
? Complete the Patriotism Training Course
? Check-in with the Master Sergeant
? Complete the Live Fire ExerciseI finished the first set of courses. Now it seems I need to wrap up the final piece of my training - the Live Fire exercise. I should probably find some Stims or something.
?Quest finishedReport to the Master SergeantThat's all of the training exercises! Now I just need to check in with the Master Sergeant to wrap up my graduation!