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  • First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

    So I'm getting ready for tomorrow, my first NG drill after BCT. I'm a little excited. It's been since Dec 16th since I done anything military. A good friend of mine said I'd be doing nothing but in-processing my first weekend. We'll see! I was supposed to get a newsletter from the unit but haven't received it yet.

    Anybody remember their first drill after BCT?

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    Re: First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

    My 1st drill back was with RSP atleast thats how they do it in indiana all they did was inventory my gear and let us go after a little ceremony. My 1st drill with my unit the next month, I did a little bit of paper work not much at all. I had about a hour tops of paperwork to do. Got issued more gear... Other than that I was walking around with not much sense of what to do. 2nd drill they gave me a sponsor though and I got to go around and meet everyone and found out who my supervisors were and from then out drill has been pretty nice. However I work in an office and the only time I do any work is during PT or if the BC needs to leave.

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      Re: First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

      I've got my first drill coming up in a month. I have been explained very little by the active duty unit here in AIT-land about how the process of me checking in or getting in contact with my unit will go.

      My reservist buddies have some kind of 72-hour timeline, they also have had DIRECT access to their unit prior to BCT(most), as opposed to the massive blob that is RSP.

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        Re: First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

        RSP is a good deal actually. The unit would have stuck you in a corner to keep you out the way & not prepared you in any way at all for BCT. When you get back you call your recruiter and you go to the next RSP drill. They will get yur stuff ready to hand off to the unit, and make sure you have that point of contact. After that drill, you call the unit readiness NCO & go check in. It's best to do that during the week, but you can do it at the next drill if you need to.

        You should get a tour of the facility and introduced to your supervisor at minimum. Hopefully your supervisor or the readiness will assign you a sponsor from your section to show you around. You may meet with the 1SG &/or some other leadership folks just to welcome you & make sure you're on track.

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        • #5
          Re: First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

          I brought my paperwork straight to RSP a few days upon returning. When my gold phase handoff came, my team leader and PSG met me there, shook my hand, and left. When I had my first drill with my unit the following month the LT was talking, noticed me, and asked who I was.

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          • #6
            Re: First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

            Checking in to my new unit was easy for me. Since I'm prior service, I kind of knew what to expect and as posted prior to this, do contact your Readiness NCO prior to drill so you know who to report to, what to bring with you, and know your drill schedule. If for some reason your Readiness NCO isn't available (like mine was), then speak to your Company 1SG. He/She will get you squared away.

            My first drill was pretty easy. I reported in about a half-hour prior to the start of drill. All I had with me was my Medical Records from MEPS. I was introduced to the Company Commander and the Admin Clerk. From there I spoke to the Readiness NCO who put me into a platoon and squad (just so happens he's my platoon sergeant), and then I got issued my ACUs, soft cover, and set of boots.

            After initial formation, where I was introduced to the company, they sent me off with my platoon to do whatever was scheduled for that drill. In my case it was a Land Nav refresher class for half the day, and Room Clearing the second half of the day. If my company needed me to fill out any documents or in my case, security clearance paperwork, they came to find me. In the meantime, I started to get to know people in my company and learn how the unit operates and what they did in Iraq back in 2006-07.

            So hopefully this gives you some insight on what may happen on your first drill. But really, checking into your unit is so much easier than it was for me when I was active duty and had to formally report in wearing the Class As and everything.

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            • #7
              Re: First Drill after BCT/AIT 1/23-24

              Well, it's Tuesday and I had a long week(end). My first drill was very un-eventful. Arrived at 0645 and asked to see the Readiness NCO. Another private helped me. After handing in my packet from basic, I was escorted to the drill floor. We had a short and simple first formation where I was introduced to my squad leader, a 74D who runs our unit's supply room After formation we were lead to the supply/arms room and their we proceeded to wait for instructions. I got to know some of the other soldiers 2 92Y and 3 45B(small arms repair) We were tasked with completing a functions check on all the M4's (124 total) over the entire weekend. Also, we had to do a function check on 2 50cals. We finished 1/2 the M4's on Saturday and left the other half for Sunday. Lunch chow was prepped by the 92G's Good stuff but a lot of guys complained... I don't know why

              When we returned at 0645 Sunday we were ordered to "organize" the supply room. Well, I'm good at this and spent well over 2 hours with another 92Y cleaning, organizing, and separating the junk that was obviously thrown around and laying since last summers AT. We were complemented for doing a great job and told the supply room hadn't looked this good in months! The 45B's finished the M4 function checks. I was introduced to the 1st Sgt and Commander, a 1st Lieutenant. I received a ton of info about going back to college and given lots of stuff to take home. We were dismissed around 1645.

              All in all, it was kind of boring. The last 2 hours of drill we sat in the supply room. Nothing else for us to do! But after I got in my car to go home, I realized there was a problem. My transmission had leaked all the fluid out and it was slipping really bad. I spent from 1800-2200 at my buddy's house fixing the transmission lines and installing an external cooler. Ugh! Got home and to bed after 2300 and then had to get up for work at 0400 I was sooo tired after work yesterday that I fell asleep as soon as I got home yesterday. Oh well.

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