Last Updated on May 12, 2023
As submitted by Dave
When did you attend? July 19th-Sept 7th.
Where were you stationed? Ft. Rucker
How long was this school? 6 weeks if you have not attended PLDC, 4 if you have.
What was training like? Normal schedule? Did you train on weekends? Late at night? Classroom or field based?
Training is 6 days a week, with Sunday being used for church and not much else.
Wake-up is at 05:15, and PT is at 05:25. PT is not very hard as long as you show up in shape.
After PT is classroom training most days until 17:30. There are about 5 tests throughout the course. If you fail, you can take a retest, but two failures get you recycled.
We had about 30 failures between all the tests. You’ll have more than enough time to study. There is a 1-week FLX where you stay in the field and will not have any showers or hot meals.
Did you get to see family/friends during school?
There is no visitation except for the 1 on-post pass during week 3 (which my class lost 4 hours of cause our barracks were dirty) and an 8-hour off-post pass (which we lost completely).
How often were you able to communicate with family/friends? By phone? Email?
There is no phone or internet during the first phase. (weeks 1-3 for the 6 weeks and 1-2 for the 4-week class) When the class gets these rights, they will only be from 1930-2000 every night.
Describe the graduation ceremony.
The night before graduation is a reception. We got a babysitter because children are not allowed.
However, your spouse might as well skip the whole thing. It lasts about an hour and is boring.
After the reception, you are free to stay off-post but will have to report at 05:30 the next day.
Graduation is open to everyone and is held in the museum. The whole ceremony lasted about an hour. Anyone can pin your rank on. I had my kids do it, or you could have an instructor do it.
Any other tips or information?
My room was never actually inspected. It had to be neat, but the inspections only focused on the common areas.
There is not a lot of time for personal hygiene, so I suggest shaving at night. They never inspected us for anything like that.
If you can’t pass a PT test, don’t come. You will be held over for a long time. Some guys failed the initial PT test and still had not started the course when we graduated.