Posted on Dec 31, 2020
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I am going back to basic training as an E-4, after a few years out of the service. I am Airborne and Air Assault qualified...should I wear (if it's allowed of course) my patches...or should I just try to keep a low profile? What would you do?
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I have sort of been there a couple of times. You are probably already going to stand out because I'm assuming your head will not be firmly planted up your fourth point of contact. Wearing the badges will probably just draw more attention than you really want second time around. Just be a sharp soldier and lead from the middle (until they figure it out and actually make you lead).
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SSG Jorge Mazariegos
SSG Jorge Mazariegos
1 mo
I'm now TECH Sergeant
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SFC Leon Amer
SFC Leon Amer
24 d
In my platoon of Basic trainees there were 3 prior-service Vietnam vets, affectionately nicknamed by the drills "Antiques #1, 2 and 3", who were assigned to be platoon guide, assistant platoon guide, and squad 1 leader, as these positions were the keys to lining up our formations and setting the marching cadence to go places. They were told they could not wear all their previously-earned uniform goodies until Family Day / Graduation Day, and only on their Class A greens (our cycle was April and May 1984). Considering the cultural difference from '84 to today, I'm not sure I would advise trying to push for wearing your badges from the prior service period, as doing so would make you stand out from the crowd, and that's not always a good thing. Getting noticed by the drill sergeants right off the bus seldom carries a good connotation. Don't push it, but if you get a chance to ask, in a casual way, if wearing your badges would be acceptable, and the answer is "yes", then go ahead and add them. Good luck either way, and let us know how it turns out.
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SGT Mike Edick
SGT Mike Edick
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SGM Tom Gills Agreed. You earned it. Wear it. Don't hide it. The drills may ride you a bit at first, but they'll find new targets soon enough. You'll likely be pegged as the platoon guide and that's how it should be.
We had a guy who had the airborne and air assault badges in basic (PFC). He was given the right amount of attention and then the shine wore off for the drills and he was just one of the joe's.
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SSG James Dennis
SSG James Dennis
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Yes, wear them, you earned them. The only hate you will receive from your Drill Sergeants will be from those who don't have them. Wear them with pride, but I wouldn't call a Drill Sergeant a Leg if he/she doesn't have jump wings-lol.
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My recommendation- wear them proudly and provide new Soldiers an opportunity to ask you questions about them. For these new Soldiers, you will be the first Soldier they regularly interact with that isn't a Drill Sergeant and they will be little sponges. Wearing them with pride will give you an opportunity to share your experiences with them and an opportunity for them to learn from you and your Army experience.

Best of luck in Basic Training!
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SSG Jeffrey Monk
SSG Jeffrey Monk
4 mo
I agree 100% take the opportunity to help these soldiers along, just don't abuse the respect that they give you.
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SGT John Graham
SGT John Graham
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I am torn between saying "you earned them so wear them" and the "wait until graduation". You will already stand out as prior service E-4. I would ask to speak with the Cadre of your basic training unit. By seeking their viewpoint you can get a general idea of how they would like to handle the wearing. You are probably going to on
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SPC (Join to see) Wearing the badges you have earned is your right, and it will likely draw attention from cadre who may not have achieved the same.
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Thank you!
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SPC Max Schoenfeld
SPC Max Schoenfeld
4 mo
Good luck!
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SFC Leon Amer
SFC Leon Amer
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See my response above about cadre attention to 3 prior-service Basic Trainees - that attention might not be a welcome thing.
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