Posted on Jun 14, 2014
MSG Martin C.
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I will begin by saying that suicide is no joking matter, however I don't recall a time in my 15 year Army career that I have not heard someone tell the story of how a trainee in their class attempted suicide by wrapping the cord of the buffer around their neck and jumping out of the window; however it was so long the trainee broke both of his legs.... I cannot stand anyone telling this because I have heard it from so many people at so many different times and places that it would had being impossible for all those people to be in BCT at the same exact time. During my tenure as a DS I never had this particular incident. So how about it RP have you heard such tale? And if so are you willing to put and end to the madness?
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SGT Michael Glenn
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Nope...never heard this one before....would be funny to watch, but im just morbid that way. I think even the most seriously distraught person would have more common sense than this and how in the world did he get it to wrap around his neck in the 1st place????
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SFC Mark Bailey
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Yes, but not a suicide actually
A PV2 in my Rifle Company tied one around his waist at the Starship we were at.
(E-5-1; Ft. Benning GA, graduated May 1982)

He was on the 3rd floor landing and jumped up on the ledge
He threw the buffer out and it crashed to the ground... because the cord was too long...
...and he was still holding onto the support upright as several Drill SGT's converged on him.

I can still remember Drill SGT Kennedy screaming, "I'm gonna throw you off that ledge personally maggot..!!"

We honestly all thought he did it on purpose just to try to get a TDP discharge.
He was still on guard duty as we graduated
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MSG Shawn McBee
MSG Shawn McBee
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The one that was circulating when I went to BCT was quite similar. A PVT in the cycle just before ours tied the 30 foot buffer cord around his neck, threw the buffer over the second floor, it crashed to the ground and broke. The private had to pay for a new buffer and was then kicked out. I heard that from at least 20 other soldiers who went to BCT at multiple locations and years apart.
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SPC Jeffrey Hunter
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What in the hell????????????? I had the time of my life in basic, made me a man and my mother could never live it down, I'm sorry a trainee had to go through someone such as that.
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