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    I know when the U.S. is not involved in a conflict, infantry soldiers do a lot of drills and training. I'm not sure of the times and scheduling, but when not at mandatory training, can soldiers do extra training and drills on their own, in their own spare time?

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    You can pretty much do what you want to do, within reason, whatever you want to as long as you follow regulations when you're off duty. Many Soldiers live off post when they get a little rank & they have even more latitude.
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    You can even train with the Terminator.
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    As junior enlisted, you will typically have plenty of spare time. My Soldiers are typically released around 4:00-4:30 p.m. every day.

    What you do in that spare time is up to you, assuming it doesn't violate any federal, state, or local laws, lawful orders, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
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    In addition, many Soldiers engage in off-duty activities that directly enhance duty skills - rock climbing, running, and (my personal favorite) rifle and pistol marksmanship competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by papachop View Post
    As junior enlisted, you will typically have plenty of spare time. My Soldiers are typically released around 4:00-4:30 p.m. every day.

    What you do in that spare time is up to you, assuming it doesn't violate any federal, state, or local laws, lawful orders, or the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
    Thanks for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    In addition, many Soldiers engage in off-duty activities that directly enhance duty skills - rock climbing, running, and (my personal favorite) rifle and pistol marksmanship competition.
    Sounds exciting, Thanks for the knowledge!

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    You might be interested, then, to hear that there are even special marksmanship badges and tabs that Soldiers can earn at specific, sanctioned 'Excellence in Competition' matches with the service rifle and service pistol. The National Guard of each state puts these on every year - and Active, Guard and Reserve troops are all welcome to participate - with the top 10% earning competition badges. I got my EIC pistol Badge in Bronze this year (earned it in a match last year, but it takes awhile to process and issue the awards) and my Governor's Twenty tab in a separate match shot the same day. Google "Distinguished Rifleman", Distinguished Pistol Shot", "President's Hundred Tab", "Excellence in Competition Rifle Badge", and "Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge" and see what comes up. All of those awards are authorized on the Active Duty Army uniform. The Governor's Twenty Tab may only be worn while in a National Guard status.

    Good shooting, and good luck!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Grunt Medic TXARNG View Post
    You might be interested, then, to hear that there are even special marksmanship badges and tabs that Soldiers can earn at specific, sanctioned 'Excellence in Competition' matches with the service rifle and service pistol. The National Guard of each state puts these on every year - and Active, Guard and Reserve troops are all welcome to participate - with the top 10% earning competition badges. I got my EIC pistol Badge in Bronze this year (earned it in a match last year, but it takes awhile to process and issue the awards) and my Governor's Twenty tab in a separate match shot the same day. Google "Distinguished Rifleman", Distinguished Pistol Shot", "President's Hundred Tab", "Excellence in Competition Rifle Badge", and "Excellence in Competition Pistol Badge" and see what comes up. All of those awards are authorized on the Active Duty Army uniform. The Governor's Twenty Tab may only be worn while in a National Guard status.

    Good shooting, and good luck!



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    WOW! That's REALLY impressive sir! Thanks again!

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    Along the lines of training, if you're motivated you can help your unit significantly. The Soldiers that WANT to train, and come to their NCOs\Platoon Leader with suggestions and requests are always listened to.
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