a boot camp-style class

  • Winstanley808

    English - U.S.
    In the U.S. military, the initial training location is called a "boot camp," and trainees are even called "boots." I don't know why. It involves indoctrination, learning subordination, and physical conditioning, directed by traditionally harsh and assertive non-commissioned officers ("drill sergeants" in the Marine Corps; the equivalent "petty officers" in the Navy). The term has been extended in civilian life to any intense, structured training. It's often more of a marketing term than an accurate description, implying but not necessarily delivering extensive improvement in a short time.
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