Posted on Aug 24, 2020
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So we all know those people that seemed to never want to leave basic training. From reception to profile/quarters. What’s the longest you have heard of someone being stuck or lingering around? When I went there was a girl that was in quarters for nearly 2 years.
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I was HHC Commander for the medical retention unit on Benning for 27 months. There was a guy who was there when I arrived and still there when I left.
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SP5 James Johnson
SP5 James Johnson
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Basic at Ft Campbell, KY in Jan 68. Conditions were such you didn't want to stay 1 minute longer than you had to. Never heard of his before. Jan at Ft Campbell KY in WWll barracks, drafty, fire hazards, etc. At Ft Campbell, the cold and mud, wind howling. Wet clear thru. I spent 1 week at the hospital and was scared out of my mind that I would lose my 26D slot. I didn't but it was close.
If you missed you lost your slot and they made you an 11B. That wasn't good as Nam was HOT and heavy. 100's of KIA/WIA per week. We lost a 1000 one week while I was over there.
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Does this person qualify for benefits at that point?
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Tim Bradshaw
Tim Bradshaw
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If a recruit has to be med-boarded out, yes, they qualify for 100% of the GI Bill and will likely receive VA benefits as well, including disability pay. This was an occurrence I witnessed first hand on Parris Island. Granted, those poor kids are usually stuck as recruits for about a year, so its no picnic.
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Tim Bradshaw
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2LT (Join to see) - If a recruit has to be med-boarded out, yes, they qualify for 100% of the GI Bill and will likely receive VA benefits as well, including disability pay. This was an occurrence I witnessed first hand on Parris Island. Granted, those poor kids are usually stuck as recruits for about a year, so its no picnic.
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When I was in OSUT, one of our company holdovers had just been med dropped out of cycle number 3, and had been there a little over a year.

Then, when I was cadre at Jackson, we had a prior service (marine) guy come through and get held over at reception for 16 months due to the TS he needed for the Intel job he had contracted for being slowed up by various issues (foreign family, offshore bank accounts, dual citizenship with Iraq, etc). He was an interpreter for 6 years, came to the US to join the marines, gained dual citizenship (somehow), got out and then came over to the Army. It was all confusing trying to process this kid with all the crap he had going on.
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SPC Rich Sigel
SPC Rich Sigel
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I was in Basic I ended up in the hospital for like 7 days. Missed the last pt test so when got out the hospital I took the test and passed. I held over for a month because my unit was graduating that day. So I had a month extra. I did not do much slept in got to goto the movies. I was a E-2 highest hold over so they said your in charge. There was a lot who were wanting to get chartered out.
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BCT (Basic Combat Training) was 8 weeks when I was in back in 1967. I only know of one trainee in our Training Company who was held back or recycled. No one, and I mean NO ONE, wanted to be recycled. BCT was tough.

I can't imagine why the Army or any other branch of the service would keep a trainee in the recycle mode for months or years. Just doesn't make any sense. If the trainee can't cut the mustard, send them home!
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SSG Watis Ekthuvapranee - You can hold dual citizenship and still serve in the U.S.Army. I am a dual citizen and served from 1993 until my retirement in 2017. It was never a problem for me.
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SSG Watis Ekthuvapranee
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SSG (Join to see) Oho! What's your level of clearance? What's your job in the Army? By DoD regulation, no. In reality, too little # of people to enforce it. The higher and more crucial roles you have the more scrutiny you'll get.
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I was permanent party at Benning. We would get privates that were on med hold or had been on profile so long that they lost their slots for assignments and so we got them so they could do something constructive until the Army figured out what to do with them. I guy I know was there two years trying to figure out some medical issues
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I am guessing they’d become professional landscapers after their time there.
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I was HHC Commander for the medical retention unit at Benning for 27 months. There was a guy who was there when I arrived and still there when I left.
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SP5 James Johnson
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In my day, after I enlisted, basic was a bitch. Jan at Ft Campbell KY in WWll barracks, drafty, fire hazards, etc. If you missed you lost your slot and they made you an 11B. That wasn't good as Nam was HOT and heavy. 100's of KIA per week. We lost a 1000 one week while I was there. The cold and mud, wind howling. Wet clear thru. I spent 1 week at the hospital and was scared out of my mind that I would lose my 26D slot. I didn't but it was close.
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