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    Does anyone here remember basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas?

    A couple of years ago, I joined another military forum. I decided to leave because I happened to mention taking my basic in Fort Riley and the next thing that I knew, everone was calling me a liar and saying that there was no basic training in Fort Riley. Well, not everyone but quite a few.

    Although it's been over 40 years ago it seems like yesterday. I was sent to Fort Carson for those hectic few days of getting introduced to military life, then sent to Fort Riley for basic. Don't think there are very many who forget where they took basic. Got to admit that I did forget quite a bit though. I remember that I started out 1st Infantry then after 2nd eight in Fort Benning, went to France for ten months in the 460th Amphibious Truck Corp.

    Definitely did basic in Fort Riley though.

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    I believe you but basic has closed there as it did at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The Army now only has five basic training sites. There are

    Fort LeonardWood
    Fort Sill
    Fort Jackson
    Fort Benning
    Fort Knox

    There were dozen of OCS locations back in the day as well. I came in the early 80s and these guys on here dont know how it was back then.

    Now its the home of 1ID that left Germany.
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    My grandfather did Basic at Riley as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWO Sharkey View Post
    I believe you but basic has closed there as it did at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The Army now only has five basic training sites. There are

    Fort LeonardWood
    Fort Sill
    Fort Jackson
    Fort Benning
    Fort Knox

    There were dozen of OCS locations back in the day as well. I came in the early 80s and these guys on here dont know how it was back then.

    Now its the home of 1ID that left Germany.

    Chief, ever since armor moved down to Ft. Benning, they removed Ft. Knox as a BCT site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KTK1029 View Post
    Chief, ever since armor moved down to Ft. Benning, they removed Ft. Knox as a BCT site.
    Beat me to it. They did have Scout, Tanker, and regular BCT there. But it's all gone.

    There's rumors that some of it is returning though. It's too tough for Soldiers to train with the tanks at Benning. Too many laws pushed for by activists, not enough space for ranges, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angriff View Post
    There's rumors that some of it is returning though. It's too tough for Soldiers to train with the tanks at Benning. Too many laws pushed for by activists, not enough space for ranges, etc.
    It would be much too expensive to move the Armor School back up to Knox. They'll have to adapt to Benning.
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    Not as expensive as it was to move there. All the ranges, barracks, motorpool's, etc are still there. Just empty.
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    Thanks for the update. I knew Armor moved but did not know all of TRADOC was closed over there. Warrant Officer recruiting moved over there. Wow, four BCT sites left.
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    One of my NCO's father went to basic at Fort Riley. There's no doubt that men with smokey bear hats used to roam and terrorize those premises.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CWO Sharkey View Post
    Thanks for the update. I knew Armor moved but did not know all of TRADOC was closed over there. Warrant Officer recruiting moved over there. Wow, four BCT sites left.
    Fort Knox is also headquarters for JROTC's across the country. And it's the headquarters for HRC.

    In front of the main gate at Knox they had a couple of tanks. I'll never forget the day the sign on the tanks went from "Welcome to Fort Knox. Home of the Cavalry and Armor". To "Welcome to Fort Knox. Home of the Army's Human Resource Center of Excellence".
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    TANKER - That dusty, crusty, grease-covered, dirty, sweaty, bright-eyed, fuzzie-faced,
    haircut-needing, beer-drinking, underrated, over-worked, underpaid,
    oversexed, little shit, who can take a tank and do more battlefield damage in
    ten minutes than a Grunt squad can do all day.

    If you ain't Armor, you ain't shit.

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