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This is a knee jerk reaction by the Army. The only reason this is an issue is because Drill Sergeants have had their hands tied during BCT. When I was a PVT at AIT I had drill sergeants and they really had no purpose. So in 2007 the Army says no more drills in AIT. The Army then puts all these new, soft regulations in place for BCT. No more smoke sessions, certain exercises for corrective action, etc. BCT is supposed to be challenging. Drill sergeants fear for their careers now. We do the best we can with what we have. At the end of the day, the Army says pass them. Honestly, what would a drill sergeant do during AIT???? Lead PRT and make sure the soldiers get on the bus to school. That's it. That's a waste of the drill sergeants time. I don't see the Army forking out all that SDAP money either. Just let us train and discipline these soldiers during BCT. This is all the Army's fault by the way. AIT platoon sergeants aren't the problem.
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SPC John Lebiecki
SPC John Lebiecki
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TRADOC 350-6, a Drill's worst nightmare for minor infractions
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SFC (Join to see) You are correct however, being an OSUT drill, I see a difference in our privates and the ones that go elsewhere for AIT.
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LTC James McElreath
LTC James McElreath
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If the Army had any sense they would quit trying to fix that which is not broken! The drills need to be in BCT to train them to be soldiers. At this point in their budding to start to be a soldier. Now let them go to AIT yes, to continue to train on the soldier skills, but now train them their job and have a Plt Sgt to show the young ones how life is in the army with a lot of guidance.
I still know my Drills name: Drill Sergeant Block (SFC)
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LTC Stephen F.
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Thanks for sharing the statements of the AIT platoon sergeants about their views and assessments of on Army's drill sergeant plan SFC (Join to see). Seasoned Drill Sergeants especially Senior Drills would be some of the best to provide a realistic assessment.
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LTC James McElreath
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SFC Cunningham ,
He is right that it would be a Plt Sgt's job after basic training! The drill Sgt is necessary evil for the new recruit. He knows nothing about the service and without the right direction not only are they likely to get into trouble, but need to live with the recruits, but get that team concept building established. The drill puts the fear into them, establishing he is the plt's boss, mom and dad all in one.
Then they go off to AIT and find out what is like to have a Plt Sgt! He lays out his rules and expectations in a way they now wish to work for this person as he is their boss but when they do right or wrong he is going to let them know about it but without as much screaming and not in their face, so to speak!
There is the right use for a drill and that is Basic and they should be smoking, but in AIT they are preparing the soldiers how to work with a PSG which they will see from then on in the service. There are MOS's that go to basic and into AIT, there is probably a reason to leave that training alone and let the drills continue to handle it
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SFC Domingo M.
SFC Domingo M.
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Having gone through the experience in both Basic and AIT in late 1969 and early 1970 and then served as a Drill Sargeant from 1977 thru 1979, I disagree with today's policies. You don't fix something that isn't broken. I also take exception to the reference, "The drill Sgt is necessary evil." It takes a special breed of NCO to take civilians one day and transform them into soldiers in the short amount of time afforded them. This is much like everything else, people in suits participate in a study and then issue asinine directives to the politically minded military who can do nothing but implement them. All you have to do is look at what society is producing nowadays to see just how wrong these know-it-alls are.

As for Drills in AIT, if the Drills in Basic did their job, they would only serve to re-enforce what the troops already learned. Our Drills were more like a PSG, baby-sitters.
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