Posted on Dec 31, 2018
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Prior Air Force Master Sergeant (E-7) heading to Army BCT (Ft. Benning) as a Sergeant First Class (E-7) in 3 weeks. What does basic look like as an E-7?
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SPC Erich Guenther
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Yeah they should pull you aside and brief you before the training starts.....probably when you report in. I will tell you when I went to Air Assault School, we had a SFC complain publicly in front of the PVT, PFC's........the whole class that as a SFC he wasn't going to pull guard duty on everyones equipment while they breaked for lunch and he found it insulting he was on a work detail with Privates. Eh, my advice is never do that because the NCO Cadre tore him a new azzhole publicly in response. Just be very formal and humble at Ft Benning your first priority is to learn. Asserting rank while in an Army school is always a bad idea unless your told otherwise. Let the other NCO's tell you what is OK and not OK when they brief you prior to training.
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SSG Jess Peters
SSG Jess Peters
6 mo
NCO should always be placed in leadership roles. Even if redoing BCT. Squad leader position at the least. In all other regards he need comply with all other training requirements.
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SGT Leonard Frank
SGT Leonard Frank
6 mo
I feel that anyone with such a high rank would be a leader and show the others by doing. I hope he does not act this way back at his unit. Or is he one of those, so impressed with his rank he no longer see's that he should be taking care of his troops.
PS you are going to school! hello! it means they are teaching you something you chose or need to know , get over yourself.
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Cpl Charles Trump
Cpl Charles Trump
2 mo
But why??
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Nikki Manoussos
Nikki Manoussos
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My son goes to air assault in a a month after green platoon. How hard is it?
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1SG Frank Boynton
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I don’t know but Damn you are really going back to basic? God bless you and good luck.
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Amn Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill
Amn Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill
6 mo
SSG Brian MacBain SSG, it appeared to me that he did lose one level of rank, however, it may be that ranks arent consisteUSAF to Army. So, it is possible that I'm wrong! (Please dont mention such a thing to my husband! He'd fall over in a dead faint!)
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SGT Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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As an E-7, he should have been more professional about his displeasure. But as a Soldier going thru Basic again, he should know that there are certain tasks that he will be required to do. As an E-5 SGT (R), I know that if I ever go crazy and re-enlist, Please shoot me and know that I will be doing the same things that the lower ranks are doing. Just because I am a NCO does not get me out of training like the other troops. Now if the People in Charge deem that I should be above having to be on a shit-burning detail because I am a NCO, then who am I to disagree? I am sorry but he was the one who raised his Right Arm and took the Oath to follow the orders of those appointed over him, and as Drill Sgts, they were appointed over him. Plain and Simple and to the Point.
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SGT(P) Vincent Kuhlman
SGT(P) Vincent Kuhlman
1 mo
Amn Jennifer Lee (Doerflinger) Hill - The Air force is indeed rank grade Lighter. Your SSG ( staff Sgt) is E-5 while ours is E-6. Years ago the airforce did AWAY with the rank of SGT, for reason unknown, to me. Now you go from SR Airman, to Staff SGT.
I hope this helps.
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1SG Leo Leal
1SG Leo Leal
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I went to basic at age 34 had a great time. went in as a PFC I already knew a lot of military courtesy and doctrine. The weapons were a breeze I was in a squad leader position for the duration. Never pulled age or wisdom. I remained part of the team and helped when asked by the DS. I was called grandpa but thought of it as honor. No issues ever. great times
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SPC Elijah J. Henry, MBA
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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
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SPC Henry and All: It goes to show you us "mature Soldiers" have a chance after all. Before I retired I had to work harder to stay in optimum shape but some of us older officers and NCOs did better than the youngsters because we were a little more cunning and we worked a lot harder. Good for him - A true patriot and a fine Soldier & leader. I think many of us would go back and do the same thing if we were needed. COL L
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CW3 Don Malay
CW3 Don Malay
1 y
Roger COL Lopey Sir, when I switched over I was 30 years old. I was amazed that i was in better shape than most 18-19 year old trainees the same went when I entered WOCS at 39.
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SSG Jerry Pannell
SSG Jerry Pannell
3 mo
Gives a new meaning to being a soldier for life I feel the same way.
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WO1 Dave Middleton
WO1 Dave Middleton
1 mo
In 1970 WOC school I was surprised that so many prior NCOs quit because they could not deal with the harassment from the TAC officers. We. Newbies were to dumb to know any thing different. It was like basic on steroids. The couple of Marines who had transferred to the Army to fly, though, laughed at how light the harassment was.
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