Posted on Jan 28, 2020
Kayleigh Abbott
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I would highly doubt they get weekend passes at all. Turning a bunch of IET privates loose on Georgia? That seems...like a bad idea.
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Kayleigh Abbott
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Dang. My brother and his buddies were under the impression they would be given weekend passes if they earned them.
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Kayleigh Abbott maybe at the end. It’s been quite a few years since I went to basic training but I’m pretty sure they don’t give passes to OSUT soldiers as a matter of policy.
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Kayleigh Abbott
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Thank you for your help!!SFC (Join to see)
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Unless they’ve changed a lot with the new 22 week OSUT I doubt they’re going to be getting much time on their phones at all. Family day and turning blue might be the only real time they can actually use them for more than a few minutes.
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Kayleigh Abbott
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Thank you for your response! That’s what I have been hearing sadly. So, if my brother got a weekend pass you don’t think they would allow him to have his phone?
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It’s possible but the chances seem like they’d be slim. It’s hard to tell because there are so many training companies and some may differ. Some guys are lucky enough to get their phone for a hour on Sunday and others might only ever see their phone at the beginning of a phase to call family for few minutes.
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MAJ Byron Oyler
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Kayleigh Abbott - Not having a phone is something both the SM and family should get used to. The 82's QRF that went to the Middle East earlier this month was not allowed them and many places overseas in combat zones you will have limited phones.
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CPT Paul Whitmer
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I wish I could help - but I never got a weekend pass during Infantry Basic and AIT (OSUT) at Ft Benning. Didn't have cell phones then either. Damn.....feeling older than old.
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Kayleigh Abbott
Kayleigh Abbott
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Thank you for the consideration though. My brother just started Black phase Tuesday and I was wondering if I would hear from him anytime soon. From what I have been hearing though, he will only get to call at the end of each phase.
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CPT Paul Whitmer
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Kayleigh Abbott - They did have phones (picture a payphone) available in my day - the lines were long and you had only so much time to make your calls then the next guy took over.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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I must have been in a hardcore Battalion, we never got an off post pass period. We thought we were damn lucky if they let us have a half day out of the Company Area.
I heard that training just went to hell when they closed Harmony Church :^).
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