Last weekend as a civilian


September 6, 2003, 12:04 AM
Well it time for me to say good bye for few months..........

I leave for MEPS on Sept 7 and basic training on Sept 10.
I will be going to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for basic training.
Then i'm off to Fort Gorden in George for 3 weeks for common core training!
Then i have my choice of places for the rest of the 14 weeks of MOS training.

I will be trained as a 31Romeo ( .

So wish me luck and i will talk to you guys in a couple of months.:D


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September 6, 2003, 12:14 AM
Good luck my man.
Enjoy the experience.
I envy you.

September 6, 2003, 12:19 AM
Best of luck. If you find yourself needing company, drop a PM my way - I'm not too far from Mississippi, and I'm sure myself and other THR members in the area would be happy to provide some leisure time activities. :D

September 6, 2003, 12:21 AM
What does that mean in English? Do you dig differing ditches for Powerglides, Turbo-Hydramatics, and 4-speed manual trannys?

Not to denigrate your presumably well-considered choice, but I hope they explained it to you better than the Army URL you provided explained it to me!

September 6, 2003, 12:33 AM
Do well. Study hard and do us proud.

September 6, 2003, 12:37 AM
Absorb all the good that you can.
Watch your six.
AND....come back.


4v50 Gary
September 6, 2003, 12:48 AM
Good luck and like I told MicroBalog: You'll be Sorriiiiiieeee!

Kidding of course. ;)

September 6, 2003, 01:08 AM
What does that mean in English?

I will be working on digital telephone and data networks.

September 6, 2003, 01:30 AM
Your tour of duty makes both you and the nation stronger.



September 6, 2003, 01:30 AM
Good luck to you & I hope you're able to make the most out of your experience!

Duncan Idaho
September 6, 2003, 01:48 AM
Good luck! Take what Sam said to heart, and come back safe.

And GO NAVY!!!

Sorry, couldn't help myself. :p

September 6, 2003, 11:46 AM
Best of luck to you.

One question. I'm aware of an Army basic training facility at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. You might check the destination on your ticket.

September 6, 2003, 12:00 PM

You are right:D

Maybe i should stop posting when i'm drinking

September 6, 2003, 12:19 PM
Good luck in Basic, AZTOY....

...what 31-Romeo REALLY means is that, as a private, he'll be digging latrines and doing KP, but they'll let him carry the company radio while he does it.... :evil:

September 6, 2003, 12:25 PM
AZTOY......been there done that.
I also had basic training at Fort Jackson.......way back when we were still issued M-1're also gonna learn about "Drag A$$ Hill", double timing up that bugger with your rifle at high port just ain't much fun. :D

I also went to Fort Gordon for field radio repair school and later to Avionics school.
At least you're not going to be at those places in July/August, so it won't be quite so hot and humid.

Looking forward to hearing from you on your return. Good Luck.:)

September 6, 2003, 08:57 PM
Good luck. Do what you're told, don't volunteer for nothin', and keep your mouth shut when appropriate. It's always best to be 'the gray man'. If the Drill Sergeants get your name into their heads, you can bet it won't be as enjoyable an experience as it could otherwise be.


Sergeant Bob
September 7, 2003, 01:20 AM
Good luck to ya! Remember, you get out of it what you put into it.

Oh, and trust me on this, don't go out drinking till 0300 the night before reporting to MEPS! I did (it was called AFEES then) and I do believe that was the longest day of my life! ;)

September 7, 2003, 03:01 AM
Good luck, I wish I could be going with you.

Oh yeah, Ft. Jackson? Enjoy "Tank Hill":evil:

September 7, 2003, 03:40 PM
Good going, young fellow. I wish you only the very best, and a safe and healthy homecoming. May only good things happen to you.

I think I had one of those MOS numbers when I was in the Army. Only it was 50 years ago, before digital, before M16's and almost before Custer. My title at the time was "intermediate speed radio/telephone operator." But it was two-channel . . . had a pair of crystals in every radio.

September 8, 2003, 12:36 AM
Oh yeah, Ft. Jackson? Enjoy "Tank Hill"


Ok i need to know....

Please, tell me about "Tank Hill"?:D

September 8, 2003, 04:38 AM
Hey AZTOY, make some loud noises for us neighbors. I live across I-20 from the Post. I love hearing those big guns going off late in the evening! Get a chance, PM me, We'll get together for a beer, or 12, if you can get the chance to sneak off post.:D

September 8, 2003, 06:31 AM
Oh yeah, Ft. Jackson? Enjoy 'Tank Hill'.

Hmmmm..........At Ft. McClellan we had 'Big Bains' and 'Baby Bains'. :D

September 8, 2003, 08:14 AM
AZTOY by the time I post this your probably gone. Best of luck to you man.
I had the luxury of experiencing Drag As$ hill. $ucked! \Any way to answer your question about Tank Hill. Just a WWII era Barracks area made wood as compaired to another area called Hollywood which is brick construction more like a collage dorm than a military barracks.

Best of luck. Thank you for serving our countery. Welcome to the club.


September 8, 2003, 12:54 PM
I remember. Unit: B-5-1. Tank Hill. good luck and work hard. Be all you can be. While you are young and strong, do it all. Whatever they throw your way, you just do it. You will not regret it.

SFC Mormonsniper
US Army retired

September 8, 2003, 04:02 PM
Sorry AZTOY that I didn't repond earlier. By now you are probably gone, but just in case there was a delay (known to happen, I ended up actually leaving for basic about 3 months after I was originally scheduled and I got about 2 weeks notice of when I was actually leaving).

Please, tell me about "Tank Hill"?

Hmm, if memory serves (and 13 years, 10 and a half months since I left for basic it might not) we called what some of the guys are calling "drag ??? hill" tank hill. Anyway, it is (or is also) the old, drafty, WWI/WWII era wood barracks that are impossible to keep heated in the winter or air conditioned in the summer. Pray that you get a different barracks. I ended up in one of the 1950s/60s era, college dorm style barracks with squad bays instead of platoon sized bays (they weren't too bad, though they too could be pretty drafty). If you are really lucky you'll get into the 1980s vintage "starships".

Anyway, like I said, when I was there (if I remember correctly) in addition to actual "Tank Hill" being called "Tank Hill" (if I remember correctly, again possibly not, the reason for the name is that it housed people training for the Armor Corps during WWII) we called one really huge, painful hill, that we were always marching (usually double time) over, "Tank Hill". At any rate I seem to recall that the base and our routes were always devised in such a way that we were always marching or running up a steep hill or over sandy dunes- no fun.

Some parts of BCT are no fun, some are almost painful. Sometimes you'll be kicking yourself saying "why the heck did I do this too myself", but other times you'll be loving it. Parts of basic training were some of the best times and most fun I've had in my life ("playing soldier" on FTXes, shooting the M16 nearly entire afternoons, shooting the M16 at night and watching the tracer rounds going downrange, shooting the M60, shooting off a few rounds from the grenade launcher, shooting the LAW even if it was just a downsized training round, "Victory Tower", etc). Keep a good attitude, put up with the parts that suck, and enjoy the parts that are fun. Most importantly, keep your sense of humor (but don't laugh at the drill sergeants, and with some of what they say that isn't as easy as you'd expect).

Sean Smith
September 8, 2003, 04:41 PM
Funny, I was a Drill Cadet at Fort Jackson in 1993 as part of my West Point "professional development." I saw the starships, but the company I was helping to train up was in the moderately old barracks. The place was incredibly hot and damp, but that was during a record-setting heat wave in the middle of the summer. It felt like hell, but I was one of the devils so it wasn't so bad. :evil:

September 8, 2003, 04:47 PM
Sean, it doesn't have to be a summer heat wave to be hot at Ft. Jackson. In early October 1989 we had a few days that were over 100 degrees (the drill sergeants told us, and we did sometimes have access to newspapers on Sundays if we were good during the week) and from late Sept (I was there for a few days in Sept) though mid Oct most days were over 90.

September 8, 2003, 05:13 PM
My father retired as a lifer at Ft Jackson and promptly rooted in Forest Acres just outside the main gate. I have passing familarity with the features of the post. Seems to me tank hill is related to WW II armor training. It did consist of a "Hill" as much as is possible in the sand hills of SC.

As far as the heat goes, there exists a heat belt extending from Augusta in the West through Columbia // Jackson to Florence in the east where the temperature is guaranteed to be 5+ degrees higher than outside the area. Some speculate it is due to extreme sandy soil and the virutual absence broadleaf trees. Seems the only tree around is a long leaf pine and scrub oaks. In any case it is fursure hotter there than elsewhere in the state on any given date. Bug life is quite active. Dad told me of a standing joke used on the post: seems they lost an armored column on maneuvers a while back. They later found it was beng used by the mosquitos to bust open the chiggers. Ugly visuals.

Good luck on ya.

September 8, 2003, 05:37 PM
hoo-rah :)

September 8, 2003, 05:44 PM
Have fun. Ten years ago, I went into the Swiss Army as communcations specialist in the Swiss Army and now I'm Lieutenent on militia base (that is, 4 weeks of service every year).

Small hint: If you go drinking too much, it cuts down on much needed sleep for the next day. If you positively can't sleep, there's a renowned way to get some sleep - one beer, and one valium pill.

And remember to lay flat any antennae in a thunderstorm - lightning strikes can some outmost interesting things to electronics! :eek: :D

Browns Fan
September 8, 2003, 08:02 PM
The Army needs good commo guys. I've known a few in my 20 yr career in the 82d ABN and the SOF community. They, quite literally, are life savers.

To quote a WWII General who's name escapes me at the moment,

"Congress can make a man a General, but communications make him a commander."

God speed and when you get to Ft Gordon, stay off of Barton Field at nite, it was a good place to get mugged, at least when I was there many yrs ago.

September 9, 2003, 08:02 AM
Like chaim said. it's been since 1983 that I was on the hill, but could it also be TANK because of the old Army mint green water TANK on top of the hill, gravity feed and all.

Truthfully, at the time I did not give care why it was called tank hill, just get over this basic training crud and get me on to the real Army.

September 9, 2003, 08:02 AM
And I always thought Tank Hill was called that because it is where the two large water ( or fuel ) tanks are. You can see them from I-77. Last time I drove thru the post, all the quarters now look like college dorms and the old wood shack barracks have been demolished. I kind of liked the looks of the old buildings, but I guess it's best for our troops to get the best our tax dollars can buy.
There used to be a really nice public firing range off of Wildcat road, but BillyBob Clinton shut that one down first thing with an Execuitive Order to all bases. Not sure if the public can still hunt there or not, but I do know that there is a really nice R/C airplane club there. I've spent MANY hours on that field.

RTFM: You posted as I was typing this! Good news, now the tanks are painted white with the Posts shield painted on it.

September 9, 2003, 10:04 PM
Hello guy's..................

I'm in Phoenix at a hotel waiting for tomorrow. The hotel has a longe for MEPS people with a computer and internet.:D
I'm wait to ship out, i sould be leave tomorrow after noon.:D

So i will talk to you after basic............

September 9, 2003, 11:08 PM
Have fun dude.

I would of kept your weapons company had they needed a sitter while you were away;)

Just remember, if you need any help from above feel free to call in the WARTHOG baby.

September 10, 2003, 12:32 AM
May be innapropriate...but GET LAID!!

September 11, 2003, 04:25 PM
Hey AZ,

I'm not sure if they let youguys out much on weekends, but give me a ring if you want to get together sometime.


(in Columbia, SC)

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