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Big Changes for Army Basic Training

{ 17 comments } Basic Training Changes

Beginning July 1, 2010, soldiers in Army basic training will undergo a different kind of basic training. Check out these changes. 1. Basic training is now ten weeks instead of nine. 2. The rifle marksmanship portion of basic is extended with more time on the range and more bullets fired. 3. Soldiers now undergo 22 [...]

Army Basic Training Overview


Please note: Basic training has now been extended to 10 weeks. You can read about that here. This week by week information is adapted from the Guide for New Soldiers and Their Families, which is published by the U.S. Army. The first stop for Army basic combat training is at reception. This can last for [...]

Writing Letters During Basic Training and AIT


I hope you thoroughly enjoy holding a pen in your hand as this is your new lifeline to your Army soldier as an Army wife. My husband repeatedly told me that letters were like gold. It is their only tie to home or the outside world. After the first week or so, the letters were [...]


When your soldier is in training, there is actually a very short list of the things that you can send to him and a VERY long list of what you cannot. Read on to make sure he doesn’t have to do extra push-ups on your account. Letters – You can and should send him lots [...]

Army Training Exodus at Christmas


If you’re reading this, I’m sure it is with two important questions in mind: 1- What is it? 2- Will he get it? Christmas Exodus put simply is a break for Christmas. This break only applies to soldiers who are in some sort of training program, not when they have been assigned to their unit. [...]