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  • My BCT Blog

    I've started a blog that will cover my NG experience, starting with BCT. My wife is going to update it while I'm there with the letters I write. I hope that it will be helpful to others that wonder what BCT is like.

    http://bankingtobootcamp.blogspot.com/

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    I think its a cool idea, and his wife Emily is being a great sport about doing this. LTC Ritchie, kept one like this on his last deployment, that was a great read. Its always interesting to me to see different peoples points of view on things we can relate too.

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by SGT Bart
      ugh..............


      Fine, let him tell the wrong person while hes at BASIC COMBAT TRAINING that he is in boot camp...........just another smoke session.

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      • #4
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        yes, this should be good. When I read his post about being called out as a specialist and dropped, I felt like I could hear his DS's voice.

        looking forward to reading the blog!

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          They dont have to do their own laundry?

          That must be something spanking new, I remember doing mine on fireguard all the time.

          Kinda ***** for him they charge him 26 bucks a month.

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            Originally posted by SGT Bart
            ugh..............
            My sentiments exactly

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by davidvonyork View Post
              They dont have to do their own laundry?

              That must be something spanking new, I remember doing mine on fireguard all the time.

              Kinda ***** for him they charge him 26 bucks a month.
              Laundry service is nothing new at BCT. It might be dependant upon BCT location, I dont think so though. Maybe someone else can chime in.

              Most people elect not to use it though because you wont get your clothes back anytime soon and youre likely to be missing stuff or get someone else's stuff.

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                That's news to me. I guess it depends on the location, like you said. We had an extra guy on fireguard duty doing ours.

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                • #9
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                  Fireguard was not allowed to do ours, they were to monitor the bay.

                  Ocasionally if a DS was being "nice" they would let CQ take a few peoples down and do them on CQ duty. This didnt happen often.

                  What did happen is every other Sunday or so we would find time to do Laundry. This results in a couple hundred people trying to cram into a laundry room with about 6 working washers and 4 working dryers. You had better watch your stuff too or it would come up missing.

                  Most people that got laundry done were the people who didnt go to church hah. We did it after raking the company lawn on our bellies with our hands (no rake). We had to low crawl and pickup every leaf on the way, if we missed one everyone started over. I went in the fall haha. We did this in our PTs so that way we could make sure all of our ACUs were ready to wash ASAP lmao.

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                    if you wait long enough, something comes back. The laundry was done for us in 1983, never had a problem with getting someone else's clothing.

                    I'm impressed with his PT. He's probably gonna max the test.


                    pretty impressed they did a road march so early in basic. I don't think we did much of that until later. I don't even think we were issued all of that field gear until they finished weeding out the fat and lazy guys.

                    Even after that we had problems with the heat.

                    I guess part of it depends upon what you're used to.

                    Our big road march never happened. This was in July at Fort Leonard Wood. It was a Sunday, those DS's marched us over to supply, then we waited for at least 3 hours for somebody to show up with a key to supply.

                    Real smart guys, those DS's, wouldn't let us take off any gear, we stood there, baking in the heat, standing on asphalt. Finally, did let us take off some gear last hour.

                    Started road march, four guys fell out in first four miles, that was it, we were done. Obviously me being from Texas, I was never in any danger of falling out, but we had an entire platoon from Wisconsin.

                    Now you want to talk about dumb, think about that. You're used to mild summers, so you send an entire platoon to Fort Leonard Wood in the summer?

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by 49thadband View Post
                      if you wait long enough, something comes back. The laundry was done for us in 1983, never had a problem with getting someone else's clothing.

                      I'm impressed with his PT. He's probably gonna max the test.


                      pretty impressed they did a road march so early in basic. I don't think we did much of that until later. I don't even think we were issued all of that field gear until they finished weeding out the fat and lazy guys.

                      Even after that we had problems with the heat.

                      I guess part of it depends upon what you're used to.

                      Our big road march never happened. This was in July at Fort Leonard Wood. It was a Sunday, those DS's marched us over to supply, then we waited for at least 3 hours for somebody to show up with a key to supply.

                      Real smart guys, those DS's, wouldn't let us take off any gear, we stood there, baking in the heat, standing on asphalt. Finally, did let us take off some gear last hour.

                      Started road march, four guys fell out in first four miles, that was it, we were done. Obviously me being from Texas, I was never in any danger of falling out, but we had an entire platoon from Wisconsin.

                      Now you want to talk about dumb, think about that. You're used to mild summers, so you send an entire platoon to Fort Leonard Wood in the summer?
                      Yeah go figure, that platoon of Wisconsinites could end up in a desert one day in THAT heat, how dumb!

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                      • #12
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                        For my platoon/company at least, the laundry service was optional. I never signed up for it and I'm glad I didn't. A number of people had things return very late, two of my buddies had entire bags vanish entirely. At least one of the DS's told us that for his platoon he told them all not to sign up for it. Then again, we were allowed to do laundry during fireguard, so the washers/dryers were pretty much going nonstop all night.

                        This is a good blog so far, amazed he was able to pump out a good letter so often, especially in that first week. Also it's interesting that they got right to the good stuff like the warrior tower so early, ours was filled with endless 'class' time on EO policies and such between smoke sessions.

                        Also a 2 mile ruck that early? I recall the first time we marched back from a classroom, maybe a mile, early on with our IBA, kevlar and ruck. People were all pissy, the formation was super loose due to slowpokes and some of the girls (no offense females) were honestly on the verge of crying. I think a two miler would have been too much

                        BCT blogs are fun. Basic is full of good memories.... once you're out and back home

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                        • #13
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                          I've really enjoyed reading this. I'm excited to keep on reading the rest of it. Stuff like this interests me like no other... haha

                          Alex

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                            pay attention people who want to get the most out of basic, (ROTC guys). His company has only 75 people, and he's only on day 15! They will most likely lose a few along the way. This is a testament to going to basic in the fall, smaller class sizes mean more meaningful instruction, especially when it comes to things like zeroing your weapon, throwing grenades, etc. I can't believe they do the gas chamber so early. I hope he keeps up the letters, it sounds like if his company can inflict some discipline on those kids who are talking, they could have a great rest of basic. It would be really interesting to see how many graduate from his company. I would guess about 68-70.

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                            • #15
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                              sounds pretty relaxed doesn't it? 1.5 hours of free time at night? wow! But he's got a lot going on being the head honcho and all. With his Pt score already at 230, he's headed for 275+, depending upon how much they run. Looking forward to reading about that 5 day FTX and final PT test.

                              will also be interesting to see if PVT hardcore will make it to graduation or not.

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