Posted on Apr 29, 2018
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There's about two weeks from when by BCT is estimated to end, and when I expect my AIT to start. My current understand is, roughly, that I have this time off. In that time I come home, get my car, pack everything for AIT, and drive to AIT. Maybe enjoy some time off if I'm efficient.

However, I've been confused by the redundancy in the packing lists, and something I read while researching raises questions. Roughly, it was said that everyone had to use the razors from PX, but you would "get into your packed stuff near the end." Implying you should bring better stuff that you would eventually be allowed to use as a reward. They also said that "The stuff you bring is for AIT." Implying that I should bring everything I need for AIT- but it would be much more relaxing to go minimalist and come get that stuff on break later, and more logical, if that's possible.

So how exactly is this supposed to work? Because I'll feel really dumb if I get there, and that two year old post was right, and I was SUPPOSED to bring stuff for AIT. At the same time, if I bring my favorite razor, and immediately have to throw it in the trash and waste it, it's a waste.
The ultimate question is: Should I buy disposable blades to last me through training? Should I buy nice shaving cream, since I'll have to use it every day, or is that a wasted effort?

What is actually worth bringing, and what is going to be thrown away?

In regards to AIT/PCS:

Will I know about my AIT room in advance? I'm going for 17C, an IT MOS, so it makes sense to bring everything I want to practice that. However, if I end up not having any space in my room, it's completely pointless. So it's difficult to know that in advance. It's a 25 week AIT phase one, so the setup has merit in terms of being there long enough, but having too much stuff at the wrong time is known to be bad.
If I don't bring it to AIT, will I have time before my PCS to go all the way back home, get the stuff I want for my permanent station, and bring it back?

Basic questions, but, coming up on two weeks left, it's really important that I pack everything in a manner that will actually be useful for my circumstances.
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SGM Bill Frazer
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1. You will still be training- so take no extra crap. 2. I guess you don't have OSUT, but there will limited time normally between basic and AIT- maybe just a day or two unless it's the Holiday season, Best bet is have a personal toilet kit and very little else till you recon the layout. Why bring a ton of crap only to fond out- you can't have it, don't have space for it, etc.
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I had AIT for 100+ weeks. Here’s what I brought to basic training. My enlistment packet. The clothes on my back. A change of T-shirt, underwear, socks. Toothbrush. One disposable razor. They’re going to make you buy stuff anyway, so why have to carry more than necessary? You can buy more razors. Why bring a nice one? You’ll be shaving so fast every time..it’s not a exactly a refreshing, smooth shave. And there’s a good chance that your Mach 3 gets tactically acquired by another private.
Don’t bring anything for AIT to BCT. When the time comes, have it shipped to you after you get there.
When in doubt, just google the 17c AIT, call BN, talk to someone on Cq, or better yet, ask for an NCO. They might be able to provide some AIT specific answers. 17C is cyber operations specialist, requiring TSS/CI, meaning SCIF work, meaning, you don’t practice in your room. Sure, if you want to play with generic coding skills, computering, that’s fine. But the good part about a TSS/Ci AIT is no homework, because the work can’t leave the SCIF.

From what you describe, two weeks between BCT and AIT. Unless things have changed, I wouldn’t count on a big road trip and some time off. The day after graduation, all soldiers will be put on planes or buses to their respective AIT locations. You’ll inprocess to your new installation. Even if there’s a few weeks before class to start...no worries, welcome to CQ. Or any other types of jobs for new privates.
Remember, if you bring it, you’re going to have to carry it. A lot. Think light. Other than your enlistment packet, there’s really nothing you won’t be issued or won’t have the ability to buy once you get there.
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Indeed, excellent call out. My iPad also corrected SCIF and originally changed it to “SCI-FI”. I should have triple triple tapped my post. Imagine my internal chagrin.
I didn’t use too many dangling gerunds, though, so I guess that’s pretty cool.
Minus the egregious misplacement of a “/“ (2x!), would you at least agree with the content of the post?
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Don't even bring civilian clothes , don't bring shit ...... bring a strong dedicated heart and motivation , but yourself a travel kit and maybe like a cheap pack of razors , nothing too shitty though and bring baby wipes like 2 packs , when I went to basic there was never TP even in that week of reception there was no TP remember what ever you bring with you they are going to make you carry during the shark attack when you get to your training battalion ... the less you bring the better
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