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Bpeebles82
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Change of plans. I barely missed out on the dlab. How close you say? Try two points. Sucks, but I was able to get 68w. Pretty excited about it. Going to Jackson on 10-9-12. Ait at Sam Houston. Any personal experience or here say from others in the mos?

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MSG Glenn
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Congratulations, Bpeebles82!

I guess that answers someone's question (I think it was on this site) whether 68W has openings. Of course you might have taken the last slot in existence, lol.

In my opinion a fall BCT is probably the best because the weather will be cooler down there. A 5 month wait until shipping is right in the middle of the norm. Some even have to wait at least 7 months.

As far as I know there aren't any 68Ws onsite but what they would tell you about their experiences might not even closely relate to any you'll have. AIT will be the same, though. It's possible that a 68W be assigned as a Combat Medic, work in a hospital or a field station. I don't suppose that you got an Airborne contract but if you had you'd probably be with a combat unit.

Good luck!

Bpeebles82
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@MSG Glenn

Yeah, at the time I was choosing my MOS 68w had 1 opening. But like any mos, it changes by the hour. Im glad I'll be doing bct in my hometown in the fall compared to beginning in aug like previously thought.

MSG Glenn
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I didn't realize...

...that you lived in Columbia, SC. Don't expect to get home while in BCT. It'll make it easy for your family to come to Family Day & Graduation that's for sure. I had to drive almost 1000 mile to Ft. Benning, GA when my son graduated from Infantry OSUT & then again a little more than a year later for his Ranger School graduation. I just couldn't make it to Airborne School graduation a couple of weeks after OSUT or RIP (now called RASP) a month after that. Cost & time were a factor not to mention I was working at the time.

I was never at Ft. Jackson so I don't know a thing about it. I know they call it "Relaxin' Jackson" because of the supposedly easier BCT. I don't know how much truth to there is to that. There's not too much of an Infantry presence there but as an Army Instructor getting temporarily loaned out to various posts it could have happened.

Bpeebles82
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@MSG Glenn

Yes sir. Born and raised in Columbia. I definitely dont expexct to leave until family day/graduation. A 1st LT friend of mine did his at Ft Jackson. He said it was not very difficult at all. I'm glad it's close so everyone that wants to come can.

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RE: Columbia

I think you said you have a wife & family. They'd be able to shop at the Exchange & PX with Dependent's ID cards. In the latter half of BCT you'll have some weekends off or at least part of them if only for a few hours. There shouldn't be any problem with having your family meet you on post, maybe take in a movie together & eat at one of the fast food restaurants. You'll find all of that out when you get that far. If you're a church-goer they could go to church with you on Sunday AMs. I'm a Christian & military church services always left me cold. They're usually broken down to Roman Catholic & Protestant services. I'm WELS Lutheran & the Protestant services are very bland to encompass all non-Catholic Christian religions, kind of like mixing all the doctrines together. My son felt the same way but he still found some comfort in attending them. At least you're away from the barracks with no chance of getting stuck on a detail & the Chaplains are nice guys to chat with. My son had a Baptist Chaplain & his religion has similarities to ours. The Episcopalians felt more comfortable in a Catholic mass in my experience. In the 3rd Ranger Batt my son's Chaplain was a Missouri Synod Lutheran, close to WELS in most doctrine & they had nice after-services biblical chats. (My son is a product of Christian education from kindergarten to 12th grade & is quite a Bible scholar & is quite devote, a comfort to Mom & me when he was in combat multiple times.)

I'm sure there are ways you can legally get together with your dependents while at BCT. AIT is different in most cases. Usually weekends are off days but not necessarily & if your family follows you I'm sure you'll have lots of time to spend with them but always keep your studies as your number one priority. Those with families close by or the partiers/boozers have a better chance of busting out of AIT. If that happens it's anyone's guess whether you'll be recycled or reclassified to a different MOS. That would be one that has openings & you can read that as an MOS nobody wants & Recruiters find hard to fill slots.

Bpeebles82
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@MSG Glenn

Thanks for all of that info. I was unaware of how often you can actually see family during bct. That will be nice as they will not be going to ait with me. Which will actually help me focus on my work. They'll be sorely missed but its a short period of time. I'm ok with services like you mentioned. I don't claim a specific religion, but am a believer in a higher power.

I'm very glad I get 5 months to increase my health and pt. I'd like to pass bct with atleast 80s in each exercise if not 90s. I was told combat medics do not carry guns. In addition are not allowed to return fire if fired at. Is this true?

MSG Glenn
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Just to be clear...

Time off is solely at the discretion of the Drill SGT & it probably won't come until near the end of BCT, certainly not until the last half of it. You will be allowed to attend church services on Sunday mornings. How much time off after those services could be the rest of the day or come back to your barracks immediately after. Your family can come on post at any time, though, as long as they have IDs. Even if you get a few hours off it's possible you'd have to stay in the company area. Then there's always the possibility that some of those days off will see you having the duty. This is something you'd have to play by ear. You may have cell phone privileges towards the end. Maybe sooner. Again - it's up to the DS. If you find that you have some time off it's possible that you could give your wife a call & meet her on post. It might have to be on a moment's notice.

It's safe to expect no time with your family & if it turns out that you will that's just an extra bonus. The DS's main goal is to turn you into a Soldier & he'll do that whatever it takes.

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Congrats

That's a really good job and you will have a great time doing it! Fort Sam Houston is really nice!

Bpeebles82
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Thanks

Everyone for the info. @AR, I am looking forward to working in this mos. One of the main reasons for me joining the Army is to make a real difference in society, so this mos should not disappoint.