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When Our Soldiers first start.. We have so many...
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** At the time this page was made it was for Ft. Benning Moms -- trying to get it updated for all branches **
What happens first when my
soldier gets to the post?
Your soldier will first be assigned to a "reception battalion," which is a precursor to basic training. During his stay in the reception battalion, he will get his first military haircut, get his ID tags and uniforms, get his vaccinations updated, learn a little bit about the military and its ranking structure, and attend physical training (PT).
His stay in the reception battalion will vary from a few weeks to several weeks.
Why might my soldier have to stay in the reception battalion for so long?
Why can't he get started in basic training?
There are several reasons why your soldier might have to stay in the reception battalion. The biggest reason is timing-- there are no available basic training units at the time. After a basic training unit graduates, the drill sergeants will go and pick up a new company from the reception battalion.
Another reason might be that your soldier hasn't yet met the minimum physical training requirements.
Can I call my soldier on the phone?
No. Phone calls are a privilege, to be given only after your soldier has demonstrated a positive attitude or outstanding advances in training. If your soldier or his Commanding Officer need to contact you, they will.
What if I have an emergency where I
absolutely have to contact my soldier?
In an emergency, you need to do one of two things: You may contact your soldier's Commanding Officer by email, and you can usually find his email address inside the unit's website. Also, you can contact your local Red Cross office, and they will relay the emergent information to your soldier and his basic training cadre. In certain instances, such as a death in the family, your soldier may be given leave to go home and attend the funeral.
This may delay his training, however.
What are Drill Sergeants like?
Most often, our impressions of Drill Sergeants come from the movies and television. Drill Sergeants are not like that! Drill Sergeants are chosen from the top 10% of all Army NCO's, so they are the top in their field. They have usually been in the Army for more than 10 years, so they know their job well. Drill Sergeants are extremely well-trained, professional, and dedicated to training your soldier to be the best in the world.
They will not hit or abuse your soldier in any way.
I send my soldier letters?
Yes. After your soldier has gotten settled into his basic training unit, his Commanding Officer will send you a very informative letter in the mail. This letter will give you the mailing address for sending letters.
I send my soldier Care Packages?
No. There are several items considered contraband in Basic Training. Among these are candy, chewing gum, cookies, soft drinks, and tobacco products. All these products undermine the physical training advancements your soldier is attaining, and they will be confiscated.
Why don't I receive many letters from my soldier?
Your soldier is learning many new, impressive skills during his basic training. Each evening, after his daily training is completed, he will be given an hour or so of "personal time," during which he can relax and get ready for the next day. Quite often your soldier is very tired from the work he's done, and just doesn't have the energy to write very often. But please keep sending him letters anyway! He will enjoy reading about the happenings at home, and your words of encouragement are priceless to him.
happens if my soldier gets sick in basic training?
Your soldier is given the opportunity each morning to go on "sick call" so he can see a doctor for medicine.
The doctor will give him bed rest orders, send him to the infirmary, or admit him to the hospital.
The doctors will contact you if they think it's necessary.
Your soldier's Drill Sergeants are also medically trained to administer first aid, giving IV liquid if required. T
They are always in radio contact with someone who can get an ambulance to the hurt or sick soldier, if necessary.
Can my soldier attend church services while in basic
Yes. Soldiers may attend any of several religious services. The Army respects our First Amendment right to practice religion, and Drill Sergeants will shuttle trainees to various chapels.
about graduation? Can I attend?
Yes, you are highly urged to attend your soldier's graduation ceremony. In the letter you will receive from your soldier's Commanding Officer, it will give specific dates and times so you can attend the ceremony.
If I attend his graduation, where are the hotels I could stay?
If you plan to stay more than a day in the area where your soldier attends basic training, you should call the nearest city's Chamber of Commerce for some recommendations about clean, safe accommodations during your visit.
How long does basic training last?
During boot camp (or basic
as some call it) recruits go through a variety of training exercises, history of
their branch of service and its traditions, as well as the physical
training. It usually culminates in a last exercise to complete before
passing. The Marines have The Crucible, the Navy has Battle Stations, the Army
has Victory Forge and the Air Force has Scorpionís Nest. Once the recruit has
passed their respective "test" they are now a member of that branch of
This is a very proud moment for them all and it is not unusual for grown men to cry at that moment!
Basic training consists of two phases: Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). Basic Training is nine weeks long. Every soldier in the Army attends the same type of basic training. For instance, infantrymen have the same training as military police, food service technicians, finance clerks, etc. In the AIT phase, soldiers learn more specialized skills specific to their jobs in the Army. For instance, infantrymen learn about infantry techniques and weapons, military police learn police procedures, food service techs learn about nutrition and food safety, and finance clerks learn about military pay procedures. There are more than 200 jobs in the US Army, so every AIT is different in length. Some AIT is held at a different Army post from where your soldier attends Basic Training.
OSUT is an acronym for One-Station Unit Training. This applies to soldiers in the Infantry. The Infantry has combined its Basic Training and AIT to be one 14-week long training session. Your soldier will attend more streamlined training, and will develop a camaraderie with his fellow trainees during this time.
Does my soldier get a break from OSUT?
Maybe. Not all units get a weekend mid-cycle break, for various reasons. If you hope to visit your soldier during his break, keep your travel plans flexible. The mid-cycle break is a privilege, and not everyone will get one.
What is "Turning Green" and "Turning Blue"?
At Fort Benning, where many soldiers attend basic training, there is a ceremony the day before graduation called Turning Blue for Infantrymen, and Turning Green for other sections of Basic Training. Turning Blue is an impressive ceremony where your soldier is specifically assigned to the Infantry. One of his family members or other loved one will be given the opportunity to attach a blue Infantry cord to his Class A uniform.
Other sections of Fort Benning basic training have a similar ceremony called Turning Green.
Can my soldier come home with me after he graduates?
Every soldier's situation is different. Many will go on to other schools such as Airborne or Air Assault schools, and will not have time to come home on leave. You need to make arrangements with your soldier as he nears his graduation.
Where can I get other information about my soldier's training?
Each base's website is different, but a wealth of information more specific to the post where your soldier is stationed. Browse through each post's website for other interesting information.
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Stacie, thank you so much
for the time and effort you put in to this..
We so appreciate you!
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