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View Poll Results: When and Where Was Your Boot/Basic Training?
Air Force 33 19.30%
Army 65 38.01%
Coast Guard 2 1.17%
Marine Corps 20 11.70%
Navy 51 29.82%
Poll Created Aug 30, 2017. Moderator Will Update Manually --- Page 5 0 0%
Voters: 171. You may not vote on this poll

Old 12-26-2018, 08:07 PM
Location: Wyoming
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Lackland AFB, TX, Nov-Dec 1966.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Ole Texan View Post
Army, Fort Lewis, Washington. Basic Sept to Nov. 1970. Very few Fort Lewis Vets on this site. Sr. Drill Sgt. Vargas, about 5ft 5in likely in his early 40s could double time all day long. We were know as the running Company. From day one we double timed everywhere we went. Tough at first, but at the end of basic we could easily double time 15 miles without gear.
I was there. August to October 1970. D-4-2
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:27 PM
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USMC Parris Island, SC. '82
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Old 12-30-2018, 12:21 PM
Location: Columbia SC
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US Navy. Great Lakes Training Center (Boot Camp) January, 1961. Man, was it cold.
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Old 01-04-2019, 02:54 PM
Location: Orange County, CA USA
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Army, Ft. Ord, CA, June 1968
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:51 PM
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US Air Force - 20 Jun 1974

From the AFEES Station in St. Louis, MO(home of KSHE Radio Rock)
Lackland AFB, TX
6 weeks Basic Training
Squadron 3706
Flight 672
The old WWII Barracks(I bunked upstairs).

We had a guy, Rodney S. , from ILL, go AWOL. Weeks later, he turned himself in. Spent the additional time plus, in Correctional Custody, doing double time everywhere he went.

We had two TI's. Don't remember their names, or the rank of the Mother TI. Mother TI, was the one that stayed in the barracks for the first couple of weeks. The other TI was an E-4. I think, IIRC, they both traded off waking us in the mornings. The E-4 was pretty cool, I thought. One of the cadence songs he let us sing, in the morning(only-and real low tone). Roll, roll, roll a joint. Take a swig of wine. Take a toke, and hold the smoke, and blow your freakin mind.

Other things I remember is, during that summer, it was hot, and I was getting blisters on the top of my ears.
When it was hot, if there was a 'Red Flag' out, we only had to walk formation.
We got to carry our smokes and lighters, tucked in our socks. Smoke 'em, if you got 'em.
They made us go into a concrete building(with a gas mask), and get gassed.
GI parties. Oh boy, not the party you want to go to.
Latrine (Head) duty.
Light duty? Had to check the wall plugs.
No A/C, we only had the opened windows. Glad I got to bunk upstairs.
Wipe that smile off your face! It didn't take me long to figure that one out.
PHONE BOOTHS-to make calls, when there was a chance.
I never did get a 341 though.

All in all, I remembered why my dad(being career USAF)told me to enlist in the Air Force. Skate time.
Six weeks went by pretty fast.
Our Squadron got to go downtown to the San Antonio Zoo, after Graduation.
We also got a trip to Houston, for a Astros/Giants baseball game(28 Jul 1974/Sunday) Astros 3<2.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by jeffdoorgunner View Post
I was there. August to October 1970. D-4-2
Was in D-3-1, if memory is correct. I was supposed to be inducted (drafted) in August 1970, but they sent my "we want you letter" to wrong address. Finally got my report letter around the first of September, with an option to request a 30 or 60 day delay. I took the next available induction which was 2 days prior to my 24th birthday. Guess it was just fate, but I spent all my time at Fort Lewis working in the Post Headquarters. In December of 71 as part of the reduction in force, I had the choice of re-enlisting or an early out in March of 72. I took the early out. I enjoyed the PNW and my time in the Army.
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Old 01-14-2019, 07:48 PM
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Army. Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. March-May 1975.

BCT did not seem all that difficult to me. I was in pretty good shape before enlistment. In high school I was on the track and cross country team, so the long marches and runs were no big deal. I just had to get used to carrying lots more stuff with me. I liked the Ozarks Plateau terrain around FLW, rolling hills and a variety of vegetation.

The barracks at FLW were fairly new, probably built in the early 70s. Much better than the old wooden barracks buildings left over from Korea or WW2 era. After BCT, I also had AIT at FLW. The summer at FLW started to heat up by the time I finished AIT in about August, but then I was off to my first permanent duty station in Germany.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:30 AM
Location: Alaska
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USMC Parris Island May 1982 plt 2039

Commissioned 1998 attended OBC (Officer Basic Course) San Antonio, TX

Retired at Ft Huachuca AZ in 2013, terminal leave and made my final move to Alaska

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Old 01-23-2019, 07:39 PM
Location: Florida
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USNR two weeks at Bainbridge MD Nov 1952

Active duty Feb 1957 to March 1959.

Engineman 2/c
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