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Old May 22, 2014, 02:01 PM   #26
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I saw a few at Benning, you know, there is probably a youtube video of a CALFEX somewhere., like on Youtube maybe

Yup, just looked and there are a few, happy viewing.
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Old May 23, 2014, 07:30 AM   #27
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Third week of this past April, I met with other Vietnam vets of the 2/47th Bn and one WWII vet for our unit's reunion held in Columbus, next to Ft. Benning. Just curious if you were in the 2/47, which is now a Basic Training Bn at Benning and they co-hosted our reunion. Had opportunity to meet with and share a few beers with the senior NCOs and officers of todays Bn. I was impressed with these guys. One morning we vets attended a graduation ceremony of a Basic Training company of the 2/47th held on parade field next to the Infantry museum. As mentioned already, one should visit the Infantry Museum, displays and exhibits in it are worth seeing, as are the monuments for outstanding infantry units that are a short walk from the museum building. Following the graduation ceremony and visit to the museum we ate lunch in one of the mess halls of the 2/47th, sitting with soldiers undergoing basic training.....nice to chat with them as we ate. LOL, mess hall and food wasn't anything like I recall when in Basic.
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Old May 23, 2014, 11:50 AM   #28
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Nope, I was in Charlie Company, 2-54th Infantry Regiment, although the 2-47 barracks are right across the street from where I was. You likely ate at the same chow hall I ate at though, that's quite an experience in itself haha.
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Old May 23, 2014, 06:15 PM   #29
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B-5-1 at harmony church. Is that place still all uphill ...
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Old May 25, 2014, 03:29 PM   #30
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Is that place still all uphill ...
Is there anywhere on Sand Hill that isn't all uphill?
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Old May 25, 2014, 06:46 PM   #31
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Is there anywhere on Sand Hill that isn't all uphill?
It certainly does seem like they picked the location they picked to put sand hill, simply to make our lives that much more difficult when doing those ruck marches
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Old August 6, 2014, 04:39 PM   #32
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I am necrothreading because I'm the somebody who asked the OP to let us know how it went, and then somehow I missed his post. Must have taken a vacation or something...

Anyway, I'm glad to hear it went well, and frankly doesn't sound as if OSUT at Benning has really changed much in 24 years I didn't re-read my original responses but I'm betting that I predicted that you would "handle" firearms a great deal more than actually shooting them.

Now that you presumably had a few IDT's under your belt, are you finding the training with your unit to be what you expected? You will likely be surprised in the differences between range qualification at your unit versus BCT!
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Old August 7, 2014, 06:01 PM   #33
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Neglected to mention I'd been stationed at Sand Hill in a combat engineer battalion back in 1968. During my first 2/47th reunion to attend, about 6 years ago, when buses were approaching present barracks of the 2/47th, dawned on me, darn this part of Benning sure looks familiar. Back in 68, our barracks were left over from WWII. They are all gone now.
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Old August 7, 2014, 10:10 PM   #34
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I am necrothreading because I'm the somebody who asked the OP to let us know how it went, and then somehow I missed his post. Must have taken a vacation or something...
I was wondering if you'd ever see my post! Threads in the general discussion section get pushed down pretty quick, so it's pretty easy to miss. Training with my unit so far has exceeded my expectations. I've actually heard of some NG and reserve units that pretty much sit around during drill weekends and don't get much training in. My unit is quite the opposite, we squeeze as much training as possible into the two, sometimes three days a month we get to train. By the way, my unit is the 172nd Infantry Regiment, which is apart of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. It's actually a mountain unit too, but so far we haven't quite done anything having to do with mountains yet.
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Old August 8, 2014, 10:40 PM   #35
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Now you understand the purpose of Basic first hand. Welcome to the Army!

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Old August 9, 2014, 09:42 PM   #36
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2/135 IN was so high speed that our one weekend a month was four days long.

We were an air assault company and had a blast- we got air every AT at least four or five times.

Except the one time a Chinook turned a Humvee into a large field full of used spare parts, then they got grounded and we had to ride deuces and LMTVs while making helicopter noises and waving our hands around in the back.
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Old August 11, 2014, 10:13 AM   #37
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Congrats on graduating. I went through Basic and AIT in 93 and had much the same experience except we used the M60 instead of the M240 and I did not get to fire the M2 but I was mortars so maybe the bravo guys did it while I was lugging baseplates around.

I never saw any combat but I wondered, for those that did how often did you use weapons other than your M4/M16? Hand grenades, m203, AT4, claymores, M2, M249 (assuming you weren’t a regular M249 gunner), etc.
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Old August 11, 2014, 02:42 PM   #38
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Interesting thread that brought back some long-dormant memories. I am probably the oldest one to enter this thread, as I went through the Basic Officers Course at Ft. Benning in 1962.

At that time, we still carried around the M1 Garand even though the M14 was the still the official rifle, soon to start being phased out in favor of the M16. We never even saw the M16, however. We were taught to field strip the M1, M14 and 1911 but I cannot recall actually firing anything but the M14. Yes, the emphasis was on learning tactics, coordination and practicing leadership, not marksmanship. I actually had a wonderful time of it and felt that we were handled with "kid gloves" in comparison to the Basic Enlisted Course.

Thanks for bringing back fond memories and thank you, all of you, for your service.

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Old August 11, 2014, 04:54 PM   #39
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Warhorse, any casualties from lieutenants shooting themselves with the 1911 recoil spring plug?
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