Posted on May 22, 2018
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Just got DA Selected for Drill Sergeant School, putting together my packet does anyone have some advice besides study the mods. Anyone out there who just went to and came back from DS school? what is it like on a day to day
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I was an instructor at the Drill Sergeant academy from 2015-2017. The first thing I can tell you is to swallow your pride and under stand that they will exploit your ability of lack there of to complete a skill level 10 task. There is a method behind the madness. Drink the koolaid so to say.
Show up knowing the Drill Sergeant creed, soldiers creed, top three(position of attention, rest positions at the half, and the hand salute), at. Minimum, know all the exercises of PRT . Prep drill, 4C, HSD, CD1, CD2, climbing drill 1, and recovery.
Also familiarize yourself with 350-6. The RM periods, D and C, and 670-1.
Ensure you have a clean fresh uniform and a clean hair cut when you report.
Good luck to you, it's the best job in the army I've had yet and it's extremely rewarding. If you have any other questions just message me I'll be happy to help.
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Haha! Wow you've never heard of a blue falcon? It mean don't be a buddy f*&ker. Meaning don't leave each other hanging and help each other out
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SFC (Join to see) - SFC Burns, I have to ask this as some people are giving the scare tactic. What happens if a person fails DSS? From my understanding, a bad 1059 and then you are needs of the Army. From what people are saying is, if a person fails this school they will get kicked out of the Army is that true?.
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Yes and no, it all depends on what u get kicked out for. There are some misconceptions because you can academically fail dss however you will be restarted to another platoon and continue the course. I have seen candidates restart numerous times. So you can fail (don't fail) and u are given another opportunity because you are dropped from the course not the program. Now if got dropped for discipline, or you failed to many times, or something serious happened and you were dropped from the DS program then yes that is bad for your career. That's a quick way to exit the army. As long as you want to stay and you are motoviated and a good candidate they will continue to work with you. If you fail and eventually pass you will receive a marginal 1059 but if you look in the regulation a marginal is not career ending it just means you marginally met the standard ...a failed to meet course standards is the 1059 you don't want. I hope this helps and if you have anymore questions don't hesitate to ask lol.
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SFC (Join to see) - Yes that answered my question, thank you for the information it helped out a lot. I just wanted to hear the right information from someone that was on the trail, that knew this instead of someone who has never gone to a TRADOC school. Thank you
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SSG (Join to see) What Id recommend is staying away from rote memorization of the specific mods...., as there are variances in what and how delivered at each location and even DS leader to DS leader... But at the same time know yourself and your limitations. If memorizing a string of words is truly a limitation you have, you may be better off learning the MODS, so the stress level is lower, and take the correction as they come for having memorized the wrong MOD word verbiage, timing, actions required, cadence, pauses required by the DS leader you will be assigned. Remember it does not matter what you think you know to be the right way, words, application..it only matters in the moment that you are reciting the MOD verbiage correctly as observed by the Two DS leaders you must convince you passed the MOD test....Or if pitching a third time, the DS Leader and the commandant you will pitch in front of for your last chance.

What I saw as the biggest impediment to a smooth time at DS School, was the basics... It was not the ability to memorize a string of words 9yes some had that problem)...but the ability to perform an action.
In my DS candidate platoon alone we had;
A Commo SSG who had not fired her service rifle in years. (wrong on all accounts, but it was the reality, and we had to teacher her basic weapons handling, maint and PMI)
A Supply SSG that was in a unit that only fired Qual on a 25 meter range for non combat arms SM (wrong on all accounts, but it was reality and left that guy struggling to understand what to do on a standard qual range)
An IN SFC who had not done D&C since he was in AIT, so not only did he have to learn the MOD Words, but had to relearn what D&C was from individual though unit.

And the list goes on.... If you have to learn the words, the precise way to say them, AND relearn what the actions are. Those DS candidates struggled the most.
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Erik thank you for your words of wisdom, I will take them to heart. Thank you very much for taken the time to reply to my post and Thank you very much for your service as well.
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I just got extended a third year......take advantage of your family time before you come on the trail.
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