This post may be of little interest to most readers….however it is something that many of us think about or live with daily.
Okay, I would like to wax nostalgic…..my memories of basic training at Fort Jackson was not something that I look back with fondness. 9 weeks of total Hell. Oh that run up Drag Ass Hill was something NO one could forget.
All these memories flooding back after I read a piece that talked about the Army’s new “basic training”……
Army basic training got a major face lift in 2018.
Early in the year, Fort Jackson, South Carolina’s basic training program of instruction was updated to encourage more fitness and discipline in new soldiers, while infantry one-station unit training at Fort Benning, Georgia, was extended from 14 to 22 weeks.
Senior leaders have said that extension will be made permanent in 2019, along with extensions for OSUT for the other combat arms, such as armor and engineer. Also under consideration: changes to the length of basic combat training.
“We have packed a lot into basic training — we have — and we need to extend it,” Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey told reporters in June. “We know we can make a better product.”
I am sure that there are readers that remember their experiences with some sort of Basic Training…that does not include our president for he had “bone spurs” in his small feet.
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Another thing about military recruitment…..
As the babies born on and after 9/11 start turning into military aged citizens….the military needs to think over its recruitment strategies…..
While actual enlistment in the armed services saw only a modest and temporary bump, the years following 9/11 saw an increase in average scores on the Armed Forces Qualification Test and the number of high school graduates recruited for the Army, according to a 2006 Congressional Budget Office study.
A 2005 Heritage Foundation report found an increase in military recruits from higher-income neighborhoods following the attacks and an increase in overall education levels.
Crofoot said he noticed another trend in his own recruitment work.
Sad that I can write a post like this……Just saying.