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Post by msphoebe » Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:09 pm

My DS ended up writing letters on the little spiral notebook that he carried around with him. I made sure he had stamps and envelopes, but the notebook worked best for him because he could carry it with him and write when he had the chance. Of course, the writing would sometimes just go off the page because he fell asleep. We got maybe 1 letter per phase, but they were long ones that covered many days.

In between the phases they get some time, not sure if it's just 8 hours or less. I'm pretty sure it isn't overnight. Enough time for them to go wash their gear and purchase what they need for the next phase.

If they recycle they may not even get the pass. And, you don't find out if they pass the phase until it actually happens.

Ranger School

Post by smachael » Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:39 pm

Are there any ladies whose husbands are starting Ranger School Soon?

We just got to Fort Hood from Benning and now my husband is getting sent back to Benning for Ranger. I really wish I could be there during it.
For all of you that went through it already, Do we get a little notice on when there pass will be? Would you recommend me driving there with him or just having him fly? How many letters did you get? What type of letter writing material works best?

Where did ya'll find the daily schedule of what they are doing each day?

Thanks so much!

Post by msphoebe » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:58 am

Graduation was great. The demos were terrific. Some of that stuff was unbelievable. My husband videotaped most of it. I can't to show it off to the family and friends who couldn't make the ceremony.

We took Diane's advice and got there about 8:30, so we had great seats and plenty of time to purchase the class photo before the ceremony.

After the ceremony we went to the secure parking lot to pick up my DS's truck. Of course, it didn't start, since it had been parked and not touched for almost 5 months. We tried jumping it with a car, a small SUV and then finally a large SUV and it finally it started. All over the parking lot were stranded vehicles. And, since the pick up truck seems to be the vehicle of choice for these Infantry guys, there were a lot of stranded guys. It takes a lot of juice to jump start a pickup truck. We were there for an hour or so while they shared the jumper cables around and tried to start the vehicles. So, note to future graduates, come prepared with jumper cables and a really BIG rental car!

It has been great to spend time with my DS and see some of his buddies. And, my sister got the thrill of her life when as we walked into the hotel, two newly graduated BCT guys jumped up and saluted my DS.

Thanks to everyone for their support. It was a long 5 months.

Donna - That 'Uncasing of the Colors' ceremony sounds very movingl I'd probably be crying the entire time.

Post by gebbe » Sat Sep 25, 2010 1:35 am

Msphoebe,
Congratulations! I'm so excited for you, your son, and the rest of your family and friends! This is such a great achievement! I know the relief and pride you're feeling right now! Tell us all about graduation!

Last week we attended the 'Uncasing of the Colors' ceremony at Ft Lewis and it was great. This ceremony takes place when an entire Brigade makes it back from deployment. It really was quite moving to see about 3200 troops on the field! They provided lunch for the entire Brigade, as well as all the visitors, with 2 live bands playing. We also got a 20 minute Stryker ride. Very interesting!

Post by msphoebe » Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:04 pm

sorry. i didn't check this yesterday. he said they are off noon- nine on Thursday. We just landed in ATL and are on our way to Columbus now.

You probably already found out by now. I'm sorry! Worked late last night so I could leave early today!

Post by DianeKramer » Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:52 pm

msphoebe did he tell you what time tomorrow they have thier break? My friends don't know yet and one can't get here so I am going to pick her hubby up so just wanted to know if you had heard anything???

Post by msphoebe » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:52 pm

Thanks everyone. We're all excited. Can't wait to see him and hear his stories.
It's been a LONG almost 5 months.

Post by DianeKramer » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:14 am

YEA whoo hoo! So excited for you. Thiers a new holiday express right in front of post. I would check that out :) its on victory drive and brand new :)

Post by TX_CAV_Wife » Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:11 pm

Msphoebe - Congratulations to your DS! I know you must be very proud. Have fun at graduation!!

Post by msphoebe » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:44 pm

I just got the call - He passed!! He sounded great, now I have to make the calls to everyone!
Thanks for all of your good wishes.
Any recommendations for hotels in the area?

Post by DianeKramer » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:25 pm

msphoebe just wanted you to know noone i know has heard yet. Keep us informed :)

Post by Wifey » Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:20 am

Lieutenant Transition Office I believe

Post by DianeKramer » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:18 am

Yes I have two friends I will let you know and I don't know what it stands for but all I know is that he had to go to LTO to ask for time off and have all the docs which is the les, language cetificate and some other form I will find out and pass along to you

Post by msphoebe » Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:13 am

What is LTO? My DS has been at Benning since OCS. He has been in classes and training since he enlisted. He had OCS, BOLC 1, 2, 3, Airborne, something else that I don't remember and this.

Well, hopefully he'll at least have the weekend off when we do get down to see him.

If you hear from your friend that they are making calls, would you pm me?

Post by DianeKramer » Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:52 am

I know my friend is in the same boat. He got the weekend off but then had to report to the LTO on Monday morning. If he wants to take leave he needs to request time off with all the proper documents. We were able to get that weekend off we took Weds-Sunday. If he has another school they will have him in a class asap. My hubby is in mech leadership school graduates next week and then off to airborne. Make sure when he goes to LTO he requests time off. I did hear though that if you came to Ft benning just for this school its different. You may have to go back home right away a report to your unit and then take time off. I hope this helps

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