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My son will be shipping to basic in a couple of months as an 11X Option 40. Assuming he makes it all the way through (OSUT, RASP, BAT), which courses will have graduation ceremonies for families to attend? Will there be a BCT graduation before he starts the AIT portion of OSUT, or is it just one ceremony for both at the end?

(And yes, I do know the odds, but I believe he has the preparation and the drive to make it all the way through to the Regiment.)
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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It's been years since I went through OSUT, but then you barely knew when BCT phase ended and the Graduation ceremony was at the end.
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1997 for me. Never knew there was a change in there somewhere.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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MAJ (Join to see) - I was one of the early OSUT classes, hit Ft Benning 7 Jan. 1983 (why do dates like that stick in our minds). I remember the Drills saying something about Basic was over, but I didn't seen any difference in things.
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SPC Elijah J. Henry
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No graduation in the middle of OSUT but a family day. OSUT graduation, Airborne School graduation, and RASP graduation.
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CPT Cadre
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MAJ (Join to see) I wouldn’t plan on anything. Especially with them transitioning to the 22 week course, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of distinction between the “BCT” and “AIT” phases.
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CPT (Join to see) - Did they just transition to the 22-week course? I thought they had been doing that for a while already.
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CPT Cadre
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MAJ (Join to see) They’re currently finishing the pilot for the 22 week OSUT with selected Infantry classes. Come FY2021 all Infantry OSUT classes will fully transition to 22 weeks.
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CPT (Join to see) - Just looked at my son's contract--apparently he will be attending a 22-week OSUT. I wasn't aware until now that they aren't all 22 weeks yet.
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He probably won't make it to Regiment, but that's no big deal, most people won't. Everyone thinks they have what it takes or they wouldn't try out.
Airborne usually has a graduation ceremony on the drop zone on the last jump when you get your wings pinned on.
If your son successfully passes RASP and is selected, there is a "Donning of the Beret" ceremony at the Ranger memorial for graduation that families can attend as well.
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