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Looking for info regarding phase 2 and 3 ALC for 68W specifically at Fort Knox, KY. I had no idea medics even did this training outside of Fort Sam unless it was with an MTT. Does anyone have any info regarding the day to day schedule, barracks situation (single rooms or bay style living), do you have weekends off, etc..? Seems trivial, but things I like to know so I can pack/plan accordingly.
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Prior to coming to Ft. Knox for 68W ALC Phase II and III, I Googled pretty much what you're asking and it lead me to this thread. I made a RallyPoint account just to comment here.

First, I just want to put out that 68W's from all components can attend ALC at Ft. Knox as previously mentioned by another user. I am Compo I and there are Compo II and III here as well. Discuss with your schools person if you are interested in coming to Knox instead of Sam. It is taught by Reserve Soldiers with 100th Division.

I'm currently at the end of Phase III and wanted to give some fresh information on the topic in case anyone is directed here from Google or wherever so they can be better prepared for when they arrive. I will go in the order that everything is supposed to happen.

1. after enrollment, you will receive a bunch of emails with reporting instructions, packing list, rules and regulations, and a few helpful documents. You must return some of them prior to arriving to the school, so read carefully. (There seemed to be some communication issues and not everyone got the same document, instructions etc... It was brought up during an AAR to correct)

2. In-Processing is done in PT's specific for the season (or as directed in your reporting instructions). Make sure to be in your proper reporting uniform before arriving. Bring copies of all the required documents, and a pen. You will be weighed / taped during in-processing so don't wear spandex. You will receive your room assignments and meal cards during in-processing and be released until first formation on day 1. APFT will be done on day 2.

3. Housing arrangements are as follows: BLDG 2825, Two single man rooms with kitchen area and a bathroom. The kitchen area has a small table, two chairs, full size fridge, microwave, and oven/stove. You will be bunked up with another person in your room (2 people per individual room, 4 people per barracks room). You will only receive two keys between the four of you, this caused some problems if someone needed to get in the room and the key holder wasn't there. Also the bathroom situation was tight. Each room has two beds, a desk, two dressers, a night stand, an entertainment stand, and a walk in closet.

4. Dining: You will be signing for a meal card during in-processing and there is a DFAC right down the road from the barracks. There are limited restaurants on post and a few off post as well. Most of the ones on post have weird hours or are closed on Sunday. The surrounding community is washed out since the major divisions have left a few years ago, but Louisville is a 45 minute drive and Elizabethtown is a 15 minute drive. That's where you'll find decent restaurants. Honestly, save your money and eat at the DFAC, they have good food and service. There is a Walmart 5 minutes away if you want to get food to cook in the barracks and a commissary on post as well.

5. Phase II Class: Classes are fast paced and full of slides and information. There are 3 exams, a memo exercise, ASU inspection, and a few presentations you have to give. This phase is the only phase that has the leadership award, uniform award, iron NCO and other 'set me apart' things you can earn. Do it up right and get your 1059 all glossy for when you go back to your unit. Put your 100% into this phase to look good. Honestly, a lot of the classes were out dated, but that was addressed in AAR's and is hopefully being corrected. The best thing to do is bring your brain and leave your ego at your unit. The toughest thing for us was people getting wrapped around the axle about things that were not going to change during our cycle. Make the most of your class and network with your peers. Share what you know, but don't be disruptive, it'll just make you look like a turd.

6. Phase III Class: This phase was paced a little better and a little more laid back. There are two segments. Week 1 is trauma and week 2 is primary care (clinic). You will have two graded exams and various practical exercises on a go/no go basis. You may have more down time during this phase, but don't waste it. Study, but also decompress a little if you're rolling right into it from phase II (you'll need the decompression, trust me).

7. Miscellaneous: Bring your ASU's and make sure you have all parts (DUI, Crest, Belt, etc...).
They have a clothing and sales, but probably wont have unit specific stuff for you. Bring a pair of crappy ACU/OCP's and boots for the lanes. There will be a lot of fake blood. If you have extra specialty medical supplies contact the school house to see if they could use it (only if you're driving and have room).

Hopefully this helps those of you looking for the in's and out's. The Phases are 2 weeks each. If you have any specific questions, just let me know.
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This is a spot on description of my experience when I went as well. I should have updated this when I finished and completely forgot. Thanks for picking up my slack!
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ALC at Fort Knox is ran and taught by the reserves. It is part of the Army conversion of reserves NCOES teaching active duty.

Shuttle transportation is provided to and from the airport. Pickup times are 1400, 1600, and 2000. Taxi can cost $80- $100 one way.

You will be provided a barracks room upon arrival. Laundry facilities are located in the barracks but no laundry detergent is available. Rental vehicles are not required; however, barracks are 1/2 - 1 mile from the main training area. PX, clothing sales, etc are just over 5 miles. In and around transportation is not provided.

Day 0: travel and in process
Day 1: APFT and begin class
Most training will occur 0500-1700 each day, including weekends and holidays. Training is also conducted outside of these hours as warranted. Study hall is mandatory and will be conducted in the evenings from 1800 - 2100.
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Thank you for the response 1SG. I appreciate the insight as to the reserves teaching the NCOES, that confirms what I heard previously. I received those instructions in the welcome packet as well, and that's what prompted the question here to find some real day to day from anyone who has attended the Knox course.
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I have had friends of mine teach the course at Fort Knox. If my memory serves me correctly one of the Units that teach this course is an Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Unit. I had a very good friend of mine who transferred to this unit and made E7 while their. They are very Professional and have gotten high marks for teaching.
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Sergeant Major are you able to confirm you are able to walk on to phase 3 (68w) if slots are available after phase 2? Thank you.
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Yes, I attended ALC PH 2, 3 (2012) & SLC (2014) at Fort Knox, KY.
Each time I was given an apartment right across from the DFAC.
ALC consisted of advanced medical training- sultures, chest tubes, intubation , written exam and an FTX 72hrs continuous ops.
SLC consisted of Troop Leading, PRT, Operation Orders, learning all of the S shops, and CPOF - a virtual movement of medical personnel and assests.
Start & STOP times varied.
I know you will do well!
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