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Old 11-03-2017, 11:23 AM
 
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My husband graduated HS in 92 in California. He says he left for the Army that summer. Boot camp, then basic training in Aberdeen. Then he went to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 6 months to build tanks. Then moved to IL in fall of 93 and switched to the National Guard. His brother told me he never went to Saudi Arabia and went AWOL after basic training. How can you join the National Guard if you went AWOL though? I know he was in the Guard because. I met people he was in it with.
Also how long is boot camp and basic training?
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:18 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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US Army Basic Training and "Boot Camp" are the same thing. It is currently also called "Initial Entry Training" or IET... They are currently 10 weeks long.

I have been to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland several times over the years. I do not recall them having "Basic Training" there.

Soldiers don't build tanks...
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Old 11-03-2017, 12:23 PM
 
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Or restore tanks?
I know he told me all about cadence marching in “Basic” at Aberdeen.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Or restore tanks?
I know he told me all about cadence marching in “Basic” at Aberdeen.
I would say you have it almost right. Aberdeen doesn't have basic combat training. He would have gone to Aberdeen for tank maintenance and the timeline fits for Desert storm and his job would have been repairing and restoring the tanks and other weapon systems. He would never have been allowed to join the national guard if he had got out under a dishonorable discharge though he might have paid a penalty for being AWOL which is not a capital offense. His advanced individual training for repairing tanks is about 12 weeks.
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Old 11-03-2017, 04:53 PM
 
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In 92 he would have taken Basic Training "boot camp" and some other location and then gone to the Ordnance Center and School for Advanced Individual Training at Aberdeen. It was after 2008 that the center and school was moved to Fort Lee. If he was in Saudi it wasn't to build tanks but the prepare them for storage in Kuwait or shipment somewhere else
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Old 11-03-2017, 05:38 PM
 
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Could he had joined the National Guard from the get-go and only said "Army" for whatever personal reason?
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Old 11-03-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Ok I was wrong. Basic st Ft Leonard Wood, Mo and 18 months AIT at Aberdeen and Riyadh. Does that sound legit?
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:14 PM
 
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Ok I was wrong. Basic st Ft Leonard Wood, Mo and 18 months AIT at Aberdeen and Riyadh. Does that sound legit?
Not with the dates you provided. Adding Basic Training (2 months), this 18 month AIT, plus 6 months deployed, that alone is around 26 months. If he entered May 1992 (assuming that's what he calls summer) the earliest he would have returned to the US was June 1994; about a year beyond his 1993 move to Illinois to join the Guard.
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Old 11-03-2017, 07:36 PM
 
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He said Saudi Arabia was part of the 18 months AIT training?
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:11 PM
 
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OP, are you seriously trying to determine if your husband is a liar?
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