Posted on Aug 8, 2020
Travis Leutbecher
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Also, is there any way to avoid going to Fort Sill, or is the selection for BCT randomly selected based on the needs of the service?
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Keep your mouth shut and your ears open. BCT is not the place to excel, just do as your told and move on. You are no more or less important than the person next to you at BCT and in a few months you’ll be gone and the next group of nuggets will arrive. Excel at your first unit, where it actually matters and your leaders will care. In Basic, remember that the nail that sticks out gets hammered.
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Funny story, while at RECEPTION (a 6 day process for me) we get off the bus, and the kids there a few days before us had a chip on their shoulders. As far as they were concerned with us "WE" were the new guys. They were going to show us the ropes.
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Isn’t it funny how that happens. The exact same thing happened to myself at AIT. There was a group of about 10 that arrived a week before us. They were “senior” to us and tried to boss us around with extra duties and details. HahaCPT (Join to see)
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SSG (Join to see) I remember at the very end of AIT clearing out just after graduation crossing paths with someone in basic that got injured and ended up being a hold over.

AIT was 4 months and a person that arrived to reception with me was just now getting to AIT as I was leaving.

She was at basic so long she was wearing the unit patch the drill SGT’s wore. Which I found out was 6 months required time to earn the right to wear a unit patch.

To which I thought, at that point such folks aren’t talking being held over are they? Shouldn’t they be called Hold Unders?

Then there was another kid at reception I battle buddied to a doctor appointment, he was blind as a bat and was going to get kicked out.

I’ll be damned, crosses paths with him at AIT DFAC, he was 3 months behind me. The army decided to keep him.

Whatever you do folks, don’t raise your hand to see the doctor. The slightest thing could derail your training process and put you months behind. Trying to get a non running profile in basic might get you recycled and you start from scratch
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SSG Steven Borders
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Travis Leutbecher Best way to excel is to do as instructed, learn your Army Values, Chain of Command, Soldier Creed, and keep your head on a swivel. Nope, you are needs of the Army going to Basic. You go were the Army sends you. Best of luck, and enjoy your time don't go in with a negative attitude.
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You cannot choose your BCT location.
Be at the right place, right time and right uniform. Everything is team focused.
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