Posted on Aug 30, 2021
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Hello everyone, I’m joining in 11B. I’m just looking for some advice.
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SFC Retention Operations Nco
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Volunteer for everything. There's this old saying of don't volunteer for anything in the military, but that's wrong. Volunteer for everything, that's how you learn a lot quickly. It's also how you'll find yourself getting promoted ahead of your peers and getting opportunities they won't.
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SSG Psychological Operations Specialist
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Start running and walking A LOT now. You will be on your feet most of the day in BASIC/OSUT/SOI or whatever its called these days.
Learn to work as a team, even with the people you dont like.
We are a family, treat everyone else this way.
There is a friendly rivalry within the branches (esp with Marines), but the key word here is FRIENDLY!
Dont Drink and Drive.
Focus in the front sight post.
dont cover yourself in clothing that says ARMY INFANTRY as a new boot, its not a good look.
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SSG Psychological Operations Specialist
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SSG (Join to see) lol a little hoah is okay I think. I have my Airborne wings on my shoulders.
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SFC Observer   Controller/Trainer (Oc/T)
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SSG (Join to see) - Would a tattoo of the Blue Cord on the right shoulder be too hoah?
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SSG Psychological Operations Specialist
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SFC (Join to see) Thats for you to decide! I see no problem with getting a hoah tattoo like that...so long as you were Infantry!
I once came across a guy that called himself "The Angel of Death" he had a pretty bad ass grim reaper tat, but holding an M4 ans angel wings coming from the reapers back.
It was actually a really cool back piece...until I noticed the scroll that said "The Angle of Death"
Dont be THAT GUY
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SSG Robert Perrotto
SSG Robert Perrotto
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For the love of whatever deities you folks belive in - DO NOT GET crossed muskets, airborne wings, or any other badge or signifier right out of OSUT - Your peers will have a fucking field day ragging on you, and if you just happen to go to airborne school, and are a 5 jump chump, DO NOT call your fellow light infantrymen "Legs".
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SSG Robert Perrotto
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So - your going Infantry, great choice, good promotion rate, and a lot of fun when you are actually training. Basic is basic - they teach how to shoot, move, and communicate. AIT they dive a little bit deeper into the 7-8 ( familairize yourself with this manual - it is your bible). There is a lot of rules that are enforced during both Basic and AIT, but once you get to your unit, things relax and you will have personal freedoms (like tabbaco and alcohol, wearing civies when you are off, and leaving post). Depending upon where and what unit you go to, you might have different experiences. there is ahuge difference between light and mechanized Infantry units, mostly due to maintenance, that can be a real PITA.

My advice to you 1. Physical training - excel at it if you can - it gets you noticed in the right way. 2. Shoot. take the time to learn how to shoot, strive for expert marksman - that and PT gets you noticed in the right way. 3. read FM-7-8 and then learn how your NCO's adapt it to whatever training environments the unit goes through. 4. Do NOT be "That Guy", do not smart mouth your NCO's, stay away from potential pitfalls, if you go out to drink, have a plan to get back safely and legally. Peer pressure is a bitch, learn to say no if you are being pressured into doing something that is questionable, it usually turns out bad.

Earn your Expert Infantry Badge as soon as possible - I cannot tell you how many of my peers got fast tracked if they earned theirs as a PV2 or PFC. Never, ever turn down a school, or added responsibility, schools are rewards, and added responsibility are sounding boards to your CoC to determine your leadership potential.

Congratulations on your choice to become an Infantryman - I never once regretted it, even when shit hit the fan.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
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I did all of my Infantry time in Light Units and didn't serve Mechanized until I Branch Transferred to the Engineers. Yes, maintenance is absolutely a pain in the ass, but so is humping 100lbs of gear through the woods in the middle of the night. Plus it's nice to have Tanks around just in case someone wants to shoot at you.
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SSG Robert Perrotto
SSG Robert Perrotto
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CPT Lawrence Cable - Sir - you never had to clean the inside roadwheels of a Bradley, Trust me - I would rather hump 100lbs of gear then do that. I started as an 11M, in 1-9 cav, finished in a Stryker brigade.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
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SSG Robert Perrotto - No, but I have cleaned the road wheels of more than one M113 and M60 Chassis. Wasn't always an Officer and they trained all the Infantry when I was in on the Mech side too. So I caught it at OSUT, a short bit in OCS, and quite a lot of it in IOBC. Then I really got to play in the mud as an Engineer. We actually got a D-7 Dozer stuck one operation.
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