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US Army Infantry-Mom needs advice
Vanity | 10/19/2010 | panthermom

Posted on 10/19/2010 5:52:43 AM PDT by panthermom

I have some questions regarding pre-deployment.

Can you ping me if you are/were recently infantry?

My son is in the 25th ID

Thanks


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: infantry; usarmy

1 posted on 10/19/2010 5:52:47 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom; Kathy in Alaska

My son has served two deployments in Iraq. I’ll try to answer questions but I think perhaps Kathy has better advice than I. Or, maybe she can direct you better.

Kathy? Can you help?


2 posted on 10/19/2010 6:01:06 AM PDT by Jemian
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To: Jemian

Ha! My son is in AK!


3 posted on 10/19/2010 6:04:15 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom

Have him attend an appleseed. He will learn long range marksmanship that the army doesn’t teach anymore and will be valuable in Afghanistan.


4 posted on 10/19/2010 6:21:33 AM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: panthermom

Are you looking for packing advice?

My friends son is deploying, I just polled several Soldiers and Marines who’ve been there for advice on things to send along with the son.

Will be happy to share if you like/need.


5 posted on 10/19/2010 6:24:50 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: panthermom

My son isn’t infantry but he’s in Afghanistan. I have a few pointers that we’ve picked up in the month since he deployed.
1. Leave daughter-in-law his DL along with the POA if she intends to use it to make purchases.
2 leave a list of pwds and user IDs to bank and bill sites. Dont forget the correctly spelled hints that he used when he set them up.
3. If she’ll be leaving their home base and going to where her family is, be sure to let the bank know where she’s going to, otherwise the bank may freeze her account when using it out of state.

This has been a long process because my DIL is not particularly competent for general life issues and my son is not what you’d call proactive in his home life. grrrrr


6 posted on 10/19/2010 6:25:52 AM PDT by mpackard (Read my Lip-Stick)
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To: ebshumidors

How do you find an Appleseed? He is in Fairbanks, AK. They don’t have cars either, they deploy so nobody wanted to get one until they are back.


7 posted on 10/19/2010 6:26:46 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom; All

Since I am new to this I don’t know if I am freaking out over nothing.

First I will say overall my son really likes the Army. But....now that he has been at this duty station he seems to be going out of his mind. They don’t seem to do anything. He says he feels like he joined the sanitation department instead of the infantry. They have had 1 FTX and 1 land nav. exercise. They really don’t even work a full week. He has been there since Aug. and he has not even qualified on the range yet.

He is with a Stryker team, they were supposed to do a week on the stryker but it did not even last 2 whole days.

I keep telling him as they get closer to deployment things will get more intense.

I really don’t know what to tell him.
Is this normal?


8 posted on 10/19/2010 6:32:57 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom
I keep telling him as they get closer to deployment things will get more intense.

You are correct. Training will increase, and culminate with several weeks of final training/unit approval at JRTC in Louisiana or NTC in California.
9 posted on 10/19/2010 6:44:56 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (I can see November from my window...)
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To: frankenMonkey

He is going to Calif. after Christmas.

I hate to be a whiner, I am trying to keep him up. He is not good with “idle time”, LOL!

And it is not only him, they are all like that.

He is in AK, not much to do, already freezing cold and all the weekend entertainment places where most hang out are 21+ and he is 19, so he and some of the others just hang out in the barracks, bored out of their minds.


10 posted on 10/19/2010 6:50:02 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom
Garrison time is *always* hard. A lot of make-work, frustration, and sitting around - the ultimate in useless "hurry up and wait." Good thing to know somethings in the Army never change.

Tell him the slack time should be enjoyed for now, because when he gets deployed he's going to miss it!

My advice to him: Stay away from the booze, grab some training manuals and start reading, or any Army or Infantry history books. Learning a bit of Arabic will also come in handy.
11 posted on 10/19/2010 7:01:19 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (I can see November from my window...)
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To: panthermom

List your questions and I am sure we can help.


12 posted on 10/19/2010 7:04:26 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: frankenMonkey

Oh, and hit the gym as much as possible. The more fit he is, the better he’s going to do. My son lives in the gym, just scored 330 on his PT test. 300 is considered max.


13 posted on 10/19/2010 7:06:05 AM PDT by frankenMonkey (I can see November from my window...)
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To: panthermom

Go to http://www.appleseedinfo.org and if there isn’t one on the schedule, email them. They can set one up for his whole unit. They’ve trained the military before. God bless him.


14 posted on 10/19/2010 7:07:56 AM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: frankenMonkey

Thanks :) I am going to send him a care package today along with his guitar.

He is funny...He said if I don’t know how many more times I can read the Ranger Handbook, LOL!


15 posted on 10/19/2010 7:10:02 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom
Is this normal?

It depends on how long until they deploy. I've been in three different Stryker BDEs and it all depends on your Brigade Commander and Battalion Commander. The majority of commanders these days are all about some large, very concentrated training exercises, then allowing Soldiers to be home with their families the majority of the time. While your son may be new to the Army, he's in a unit with guys who've deployed two, three, or even four times. Some of us need the break...

16 posted on 10/19/2010 7:11:41 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: panthermom

Our USMC Infantry son made three trips to the sand box.
The greatest resource was the parents internet groups, both official and others.
Most units have an official channel down to the company level.
Your best intelligence will come from the lowest levels. I told our son we sometimes knew what was in his reports BEFORE he submitted them.
Look around for the smaller groups or set one up at the platoon or squad level.
Note that some sons may not appreciate the attention.


17 posted on 10/19/2010 7:12:38 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: panthermom

My advice to all mothers is don’t do this:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/604819/posts
“Worried Soldier’s Mum Emails Colonel In Afghanistan”

(Unless you just have to!)


18 posted on 10/19/2010 7:13:20 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

He is going crazy and I feel helpless. Extreme boredom. He is feeling kind of antsy knowing they are deploying and feeling like they aren’t training at all. I keep telling him things will intensify as they get closer. They are heading to CA after Christmas.

Son #2 is going to Benning in early June, son #1 is breaking me in, LOL!


19 posted on 10/19/2010 7:13:52 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: mrsmith

I love it! Thanks :)

I told him yesterday If he did not stop whining and find something to do, I was going to call the Commander and tell him to find something for y’all to do! LOL!!!

He said DO NOT ever, for any reason call here!!! LOL!


20 posted on 10/19/2010 7:21:31 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: panthermom

Hi PantherMom! God Bless you and your son!
Just got a call from our son in Afghanistan this morning. It’s 90 to 120 degrees in the day and 40 - 50 degrees at night. That’s pretty cold for a Florida boy. Smart wool socks are a great idea.

He always says that the Army is “hurry up and wait”. Your
son has been trained well. Keep those prayers coming.


21 posted on 10/19/2010 7:56:20 AM PDT by Fran B (Love!)
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To: panthermom
The Army has many hundreds of courses for individual training. If your son has access to a computer, he can take online courses. If not, he can request paper copies from his training NCO. These courses will not only increase his knowledge but also acrue to his training record. The best place to start is the Army Knowledge Online website: https://www.us.army.mil/

Let me know if you need other training resources. (I used to be a training NCO, and I know lots of resources.)

22 posted on 10/19/2010 8:03:14 AM PDT by matt1234 (The only crisis 0bama can manage is one he intentionally created.)
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To: panthermom
Yes, yes it is normal

In Alaska, in summer, fish'n IS the mission. Not much gets done until the snow flys.

However - the Army is not completely clueless http://www.wainwright.army.mil/sites/deploy/default.asp

The 1/25 has some very sharp medics

They have experienced (Combat experienced) NCOs and that makes a difference

As the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, the Arctic Wolves lost 36 of their own in Iraq. Those lessons are not forgotten. The 1/25 served 16 months in Mosul Iraq - and that experience should serve them (and your son) well as they deploy.

We went thru the same thing (our son is a Marine) on both of jrs tours in Iraq.

Best advice I can give you - pray. Ask your firends to pray and if you belong to a church, get them in on the action. Don't try to go it alone - you will drive yourself nuts.

At some point, you will get an address for mail. FWIW - Don't send anything that won't fit into a shoebox, otherwise it will take forever to get to him - they have access to the PX, so he would be without.

Good luck, FR is a good place to ask questions - several FReepers (in country at the time) were able to keep us clued in, even if the Marines did not.

23 posted on 10/19/2010 9:29:24 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: ASOC
- they have access to the PX, so he won't be without.

(Slaps forehead)

24 posted on 10/19/2010 9:34:14 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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