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I’m here at AIT and I have this drill sergeant that absolutely hates everything me and another person in our platoon does the first 2 weeks we did get off on the wrong hand but I just wasn’t use to the freedom coming fresh out of basic I told her that and I’ve been staying under the radar for a while but she just looks for any and everything to chow us out about or give us a counseling so today we had a random room expectation and our rooms got trashed me and the guy she hates also so what she did was thrower everything out our drawers and brought the females to our room and told them that this is how we live and we’re dirty so she took our phones and a couple more guys I gave her a phone but she said I had more than one phone so she made me open my locker and searched through my bags in my locked locker with no permission and found a old phone I was wrong for not turning it in but everyone is telling me to go talk to my 1Sgt because it wasn’t right how I was the only one that got searched and she was never given permission to search any of my personal belongings she just decided to and made me open my locker should I talk to my first sergeant about this? Or is this just something I should just deal with 8 more weeks because I think she is trying to get me put out and I can’t take it
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So, what you're saying is that your DS caught you doing what you weren't supposed to do, apparently more than once based on your comment about not being used to the freedom? On top of that, you believe that your DS is like a police officer who can only search her barracks (the ones you're staying in, and she's responsible for keeping safe and clean) when there's legal probable cause?
It sounds like you've been talking to the barracks lawyers too much.
You got caught doing what you weren't supposed to do. Then you made yourself a target and confirmed your DS' suspicions by becoming a repeat offender. All you've managed to do is confirm to your leadership that you are not capable of maintaining the same level of discipline and standards as your peers. There's an old saying in the Army, "90% of your time is taken up by dealing with 10% of your Soldiers". You've identified yourself early on as the repeat offender 10%.

If you can't take it, feel free to go talk to the 1SG. Tell them how you did, in fact break the rules, but it's not fair that you were targeted because.... Reasons.... I'm sure that 1SG will condone your actions with a complimentary Article 15 so that you feel more fairly treated.

Also, you're writing in English, your job will soon be to write memos and correspondence to commanders, XOs, and other officers. Learn how to use punctuation and write correctly.
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PO3 Lynn Spalding
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SGT Nate Kuhl I remember writing letters.
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
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Melissa Didericksen Didericksen - We were allowed 10 min on Saturdays - had to be collect since we weren't allowed cash yet. I had to train my Grandma to just say yes when that deep south (Ft McClellen ALA) accent came on, cuz she couldn't understand what was being said (Oregon native). Do I miss BCT and AIT? Not a bit. Do I miss the US Army? Tremendously.
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
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SFC Sfc Darwin Maring, USA Ret - For REAL! LOL - I had a personality problem with the stand-in CPL who replaced our Asst DI who went AWOL, but I swallowed ALL of it and graduated on time. Could NOT face going back to 3rd week LOL
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CW4 Craig Urban
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That is why the army did away with sp/5.
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I'm going to go with the premise that you are a young troop, new to the Army, looking for legitimate advice and not sharpshooting from the internet mob.
If you think you were done wrong in this situation, there is a chain-of-command for that. There are also outside CoC forms of redress, such as the IG, but I would caution you to use the CoC first.
Yes, by regulation the DS can toss your locker. He/she does not need probable cause, as your living space and everything in it are inspectable items at any time. Not that it matters, since the DI DID have probable cause since you had previous infractions. Turns out, their suspicions were correct. You might want to ask yourself how the DS found out about you having a phone. Hint: not everyone in your platoon likes you.
Having said that...
If you can't take it for two months, the Army is not for you. We tell you to do things you don't want to do; even dangerous things that might cause you bodily harm or death. We have rules you are expected to follow, and if you don't your property might get confiscated. You might even find yourself getting called on the carpet to explain yourself, but not really since it is a one way conversation, where an authority figure will chew you out for not following orders and take away your money, your rank, maybe even your job.

Look. I have been doing this for 26 years, and I figured a couple things out. If you show up in my formation, I don't know you from Adam at first, except insofar as you get there on time and in the right uniform. Troops on the radar are there because they did something to get on the radar. Do what you are told, get there on time, and be ready to train and we will get along smashingly. Get in my crosshairs by doing the wrong thing, try to barracks lawyer me, and break rules blatantly and repeatedly and we will not get along. It will go poorly for you, because I have lots of stripes and you do not.
It has nothing to do with "liking" you or not. It has everything to do with are you a disciplined member of a team that I can depend upon in combat or not.

My advice is simple. Shut up, ruck up, and follow the rules. You only have to manage that for two more months and you graduate and move on in your Army life. Then you get a fresh start with someone that you are not on the radar for and you can be the Soldier that we all want in our team.

For the love of Christ, know that your internet comments are seen by all, and live on long after this storm blows over. There is a fair to middling chance that your Social Media is being monitored, so do not incriminate yourself further by showing your ass to the world in a quest for support/ sympathy. All the internet support in the world and likes on facebook plus a bag of potato chips gets you a bag of potato chips and an Article 15.

You can listen to me or not. After all, I'm old and just don't understand the hell that is AIT these days. Most comments you will get on this thread will be more blunt, maybe even hostile and unhelpful. I am really trying to help you, if you will take the time to read, heed, and make the adjustment.
Good luck, PVT (Join to see) . I hope you figure out what will be your best path forward.
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1stSgt (Join to see) - Do you need a high-speed 1SG, Captain? We would give them all hell in the weekend safety brief.
"Hey PVT Tentpeg. Stay the hell out of the Volcano!"
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
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BEST answer! Hope this PVT listens.
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SP5 Jeannie Carle
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LCpl Odell Taylor - We were told - April 1972 - when we got off the plane at the Atlanta airport that this was NOT a Democracy we had enlisted in - that we needed to make up our mind RIGHT NOW if we were willing to deal with it - if not - get back on the plane and go back home. A few actually did. Probably best for them. Made the rest of us a bit nervous LOL
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SGT (Join to see) - For the most part, You know what kind of stupid shit to expect.
And that it is all part of trying to weed out,The week minded.
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You should definitely report this to the 1SG, especially tell the 1SG you kept a phone you were required to turn in.
Keep your room squared away, and go back and read up a bit on Army Values and the UCMJ.
Your DS doesn't hate your or anyone else. It's likely your behavior, such as not keeping your room clean, and disobeying a lawful order. This behavior would lead an experienced DS to believe there is other behavior. This behavior goes against good order and discipline.
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Melissa Didericksen Didericksen
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SGT (Join to see) - When I went into Basic in Fort Jackson back around 1996 or so I can recall that we were in a 4 person room. The only time we were in a bay was for Reception. My son recently went into the Army Reserves and he also was in bays. He didn't get any smaller room until he went to AIT. Then they were like 3 person rooms.
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LCpl Odell Taylor
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The only THREE(3) changes in the USMC boot camp since 1961 that I am aware of is the recruits can now call home to let it be known they arrived safely, can send their laundry out and they get leave after 12 weeks of boot camp. Oops! make that FOUR! When I joined my base pay was $72 or $76 a month! It is well over 14 times that now!

When I was in we did not get to call home to let them know anything, lived in a barracks occupied by 80 or 82 recruits and did our own laundry using a bucket and scrub brush on a cement slab. In boot camp, the only breaks we had were a smoke break with someone in charge about three times a week and the mess hall under the watchful eye of the DI three times a day! That is if you don't consider religious services to be a break. As soon as the services were over we reported back to the DI for more training. There was no such thing as weekends! All the days were the same!

After 12 weeks of boot camp and graduation at PI, the next morning we loaded buses to be transported to NC for another 4 weeks of ITR...again, housed with those same 80-82...before ever getting as much as a liberty pass to leave the base. That was a total of 16 weeks without ever talking with a civilian!

Then we reported into our permanent duty stations where we were housed...again...in barracks occupied by 80-82 Marines. After a period of time and if no one senior to you had leave coming you could apply for leave! It must be nice in the Army!!
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Melissa Didericksen Didericksen - Look at witch AIT you where in, And the fact the you are a females and how many where in your class.
In my Medic AIT we had about 12 females and they had 30+person bay to themselfs. In 1999.
In my Chem core AIT we mybebe had 10. Same thing with the bay. In 1990.
Most Long term AIT's have better living conditions now.
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LCpl Odell Taylor - The longer back you or we go back in time to our basic traing days the less amount of FREEDOME any of us had. Like Bob Dyln says these time are a changen.
I think that some of the changes are good, I also think that most of these change's have made things more about traing for the tests.
Rather than traing for the real missions.
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