Posted on Feb 27, 2015
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Trainees are now able to voluntarily withdraw from Basic Combat Training, be it through a written VW, CMHS drop, or through repeated patterns of misconduct. Should they be allowed to quit, or should they be legally forced to complete the contract that they signed? Minimum time of service, meet the basic requirements of that contract, etc?

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I am a 1SG over a USAR BCT Drill Sergeant unit, and until this past year, was a Drill. BCT SMs cannot simply quit. There is a lot more to it than just saying, "I Quit". The SMs also have to figure on a Less than Honorable, or a General Discharge for Unable to Adapt. This closes a lot of doors in the civ world that most SMs are not willing to accept after things are explained to them. I do agree that when you sign the contract, you are obligated; but, there are some who need to find another line of work.
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MSgt Client Systems
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A1C Alexa Cosson - Untrue- Erroneous enlistment means you more than likely lied to get in to the military. Ie., had a health condition at the time of enlistment and the military finds out about it, or you told them after the fact.
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A1C Alexa Cosson
A1C Alexa Cosson
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Thank you for pointing that out! You're absolutely right!!
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SFC David Johnson
SFC David Johnson
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A1C Alexa Cosson …. Noooo! They quit once and with a waiver the erroneous discharge could give them a second chance. It needs to be a OTH to prevent them from re entering the service.
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SSG Cecil Stroud Jr.
SSG Cecil Stroud Jr.
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Unless the trainee violates the UCMJ bad enough to warrant at least summary court martial or worse. They will get an uncharacterized separation. If the SM has been in longer than 6months the worse they will receive is a General under Honorable Conditions. I hate seeing soldiers getting bullied by NCO’s looking to see how many they can put out. This is contrary to mentor, coach and teach. Occasionally you get shitbirds with a fondness for illegal drugs or they can’t control their liquor, wife beaters or other various scumbags. If an NCO has made a reasonable effort to address their shortcomings and has tried lots of extra duty and remedial training, then they should recommend a discharge to the commander. I told soldiers that I was thinking about separating that a General Discharge means no GI bill benefits. They fixed themselves.
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CMSgt Socom J2/Tsoc Reserve Program Manager
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Edited 7 y ago
I do not disagree with the majority of the answers here, but being pushed and challenged made us who we are today.

I could cite countless times that I would have shyt-canned the whole thing in (Army) Basic. Being motivated to do better was part of the experience. And THAT was essential to my successes in life. :)
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CW4 Craig Urban
CW4 Craig Urban
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That was never in my mind.
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CW4 Craig Urban
CW4 Craig Urban
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Any soldier who told me to fzzz off was in the brig.
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SPC Michael Brink
SPC Michael Brink
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SSG (Join to see) - Joining the military was the best decision I ever made. BCT pushed me to my limits mentally and physically, made me a better person and instilled within me the drive to complete the tasks given me. AIT gave me a direction in life.
Fast forward 30 years, now everything seems to be getting softer and softer just to accommodate everyone's emotions. Once you sign that contract you shouldn't be allowed to quit just because things are harder than you would like. You push through it, learn from it, make yourself a better person. I guarantee you employers, customers and the enemy do NOT care about your emotions. Giving people an easy out is only setting them up for failure down the road and if we have the quitter mentality where will this nation be in the next 50 years?
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SFC David Johnson
SFC David Johnson
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SPC Michael Brink the next 50 years we are screwed.
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I don't like the idea of being allowed to quit Basic. Seems to me that when you sign a contract, you're agreeing to complete what you sign up for.

I guess if someone wants to quit, they should get an OTH discharge. Maybe with that I would agree that quitting is "okay," because then there's a consequence and folks would not be likely to quit the first time the going gets rough.
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SSG Cecil Stroud Jr.
SSG Cecil Stroud Jr.
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Mr. are you familiar that an OTH discharge is given in lieu of a Special or General Court-martial? I refer you to AR 635-200. I don’t agree with letting SM’s just quit. Does NCOES still teach, mentor, coach and teach. I do support separating those who can’t adjust, I wish they would go back to separating repeat bolo’s instead of shoot until they qualify along with APFT repeat failures. The Army needs to bring back the motivational platoon for shitbirds. Along with CCF and the retraining brigade. A lot of money is invested into a soldier just to arbitrarily waste it. Train them until they fix themselves or you have enough article 15’s on them to label them a lost cause.
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