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    Default Christmas Exodus at BCT (Basic Combat Training)

    I'll be about 5 weeks into Basic when the break begins and am not planning on heading home*. From what information I can find I'll spend those 10 days doing various clerical, cleaning, and groundskeeping work. Is that a fair estimation of how I'll fill my time? My assumption would be that this break would be below the high tempo of an average training day, but will still include similar PT, meal schedules, etc. Will I be one of the few to stay?

    I was just looking for some more insight as its probable someone here has gone through this in BCT or AIT. Feel free to throw in your two cents even if you haven't (not that I could stop you). Thanks!

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    (*I'm a grown man and have spent many holidays away. As nice as spending Christmas with some of my family can be, the homecoming would feel premature. Plus the expense and going 'in the hole' with leave after 5 weeks doesn't seem wise. Not to take anything away from anyone who does go home though! )

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    I always thought it was wise to save your leave until after AIT. Saving travel expenses is also a big factor. To tell you the truth I'm not altogether sure whether you'll be given the opportunity to stay back. Probably. I'd almost bet on it. It'll give an NCO something to do supervising you when he wants to stay, too.

    You can volunteer for Hometown Recruiting after AIT to save further leave time. You'll have to provide your own transportation home & to your next duty station but you won't be charged for any leave.

    If you stay behind you're pretty much on the money on what you'll be doing - whatever needs to be done you'll do it. Fire watch, answering phones, work details inside & outside pretty much sums it up. It certainly won't be a hectic situation.
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    You will be allowed to stay. The Drill Sergeants will HEAVILY encourage everyone to go home, but they cannot force you to take leave.
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    Where you headed for BCT?
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    The way I look at it, you'll get 10 days to get ahead on your PT and training. Nuthin' wrong with that.

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    @ ArmyGirl I'll proudly be relaxin' in Jackson.

    @heytred This is definitely the way to look at it. 10 days of not eating junk and partying a little too hard. I'm sure some people will be draggin' a** the first few days back.

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    I went to basic in OCT 22, I was home for Xmas and do not regret it...that whole "you'll be in the hole" reason to not go to me its BS...I went to Xmas, then after AIT, I got 10 days of leave and then once I got tomy duty station I didnt travel until I had earned my leave back, too easy....you still get 4 day weekends, etc...so its not like you have to work 24/7 b/c you dont have leave....oh and if you stay you will be one of the few or the only one...and youll be the Drill Sergeants headache...b/c now they ahve to watch you....

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    When Soldiers stay during EXODUS, Drill Sergeants have to work...so like MPclk2006 said, you'll be their headache. You'll likely be moved over to the reception battalion or another designation unit to hang out, do miscellaneous details.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MPclk2006 View Post
    I went to basic in OCT 22, I was home for Xmas and do not regret it...that whole "you'll be in the hole" reason to not go to me its BS...I went to Xmas, then after AIT, I got 10 days of leave and then once I got tomy duty station I didnt travel until I had earned my leave back, too easy....you still get 4 day weekends, etc...so its not like you have to work 24/7 b/c you dont have leave....oh and if you stay you will be one of the few or the only one...and youll be the Drill Sergeants headache...b/c now they ahve to watch you....
    I am enjoying a four day weekend right now. We get one every month.
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    I would encourage you to take the leave. BCT really isnt the place to hang around if you don't have too. You will be back out of the hole by the time you graduate AIT. Plus, like Chief said you get a 4 day weekend almost every month. You will be strongly encouraged to take the leave.

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