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    Default How often will I see my family through basic training, and AIT?

    I am planning on joining later this year, and wanted to know how often I would see them.
    Some people say that after basic, you get one weekend at home, then off to AIT...

    That seems a little wild seeing as I wont get to see them at AIT.

    Is this true?

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    Some what true. I shipped on Nov 6th. It's a famous and an old school date in our Army. I wrote my girl and taked to her and then rotated with calls going out. I was lucky because my Christmas break fell into my BCT. I went home for two weeks in Dec on the 20th and signed out with my parents and flew back on my dime and reported back for duty on Jan 3rd.

    We call it, the Exodus. lol.

    Ait- It's a different squirrel..We we're single and with in reason we we're allowed to get smoked up and blasted in a bar in Panama Beach FLA. We had a fight with AF dudes and such. We had a new staff van and a designated Driver. We didn't have to worry about a family. The family guys did just fine. Our driver was one. lol.

    You guys will be alright! Talk with you're recruiter and work it all out. We have two very fine recruiters with rings here that can hook you up and give you straight info. Good Luck! future recruit..

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    * note * Smoked up! is an expression of speech. for being at the bar. lol. Get jacked up in you're training at BCT and LET the Army have everything set up in reason at you're OSUT..work on getting you're ruck squared away now ..

    Talk with you're Recruiter. Good Luck! Troop.

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    Uhm as far as I know, and Im not off to basic yet, waiting to here back from meps, but the way I understand it is if they can make it to your basic graduation then you will see them there, then its straight off to AIT and then at that graduation you can see them again, but as for the week off ive never heard of it, unless your talking about exodus which is 1 week during christmas. Other than that, and I have a few freinds who have been in, just the 2 times. If Im wrong please correct me guys, and gals!

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    Hey, for what it's worth, I just finished Basic Training at Ft. Sill in Oklahoma in March, and you can expect some significant separation from your family in the beginning.

    While in basic training, we were not allowed to see our families at all, out of the question, your there to train. We were allowed occasional, sporadic cell phone use to call home, but it was never a reliable once-a-week thing. We didn't have any sort of block leave between basic and AIT, some guys had delayed ship orders and had to stay at Sill for a extra couple of days and got off-post passes for those days, but for the majority of us, We graduated on a Friday, and we shipped out to AIT 8-12 hours later.

    Once at AIT, it's a different environment. I'm a medic, our AIT is 16 weeks long, and we went to "phase 5" privileges on week 4. Once we hit phase 5, the weekends are pretty much ours. Our particular AIT doesn't allow overnight passes, but every AIT is different, your experience may vary. At that point, if you want your family to come visit you, that should be easily accomplished within the confines of your pass. Make sure you pass your PT test and maintain good standing in your class however, or you may find yourself restricted to base and unable to enjoy yourself.

    Hope this helps, please feel free to ask any questions about Basic/AIT and I'll do my best to help by sharing my experiences with you.

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    I wouldn't count on seeing your family during BCT, unless they come to graduation. If your BCT falls during Christmas, then you will be allowed to go home on "exodus" which is two weeks of leave. They do take your leave days and you do have to pay for your own way home like Night said, but it's worth it. The day after you graduate from BCT it's onto AIT. Where it's a whole other animal.

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    I never saw my family in basic and AIT but depending on your AIT/location; you probably can. In basic, you can see them on the day you graduate or if you fail, you can see them much earlier.
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    I wouldn't count on seeing any family until BCT graduation providing they come to it. Depending on where your AIT is located you more than likely won't get any time off until after graduation from that other than weekends. Unless your initial training runs through the Christmas holidays your first leave is normally after AIT/OSUT. During Christmas you'll be allowed to take leave for "Exodus" when all training is suspended.

    Leave is accrued at 2.5 days a month so you'll go into the hole for your first leave. Normally it's 10 days to 2 weeks between AIT & your first duty station.

    You couild look at Home Town Recruiting instead of taking leave time. That's not charged as leave but you'll still have to pay your way home & to your first duty assignment. You'll be helping your Recruiter while at home but for the most part you'll have nights off.
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    Like everyone has said, unless they come to see you, you aren't going to see them. Separation is a reality of Army life. And it doesn't end after BCT/AIT. My husband was gone 25 out of 36 months. He'll be gone most of this summer.

    Chief Q just came back from overseas after a year. It's a way of life.
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