AIT Starts Here

posted Nov 19, 2011, 6:21 AM by Brandon McGuire


(Original Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010)


I finally have access to my computer for a few days, so I thought I would give my wife a break and add some updates myself. Until she gets back home and receives some of my previous posts there may be a few days missing

Today we woke up at around 7:00 AM and slowly got ready for the day. With coffee from Starbucks, we were ready to do. We were on the road to Fort Gordon by 9:30 AM. We arrived to our hotel at about 1:45 PM. A few pit stops on the way to relieve ourselves and pick up some munchies for the road. Once we were all settled into our hotel, I checked in on PFC Metal to see how he was coming. We decided to head into Fort Gordon together. He arrived a little after 3:00 PM and we headed off to Fort Gordon.

Fort Gordon is where I will be having my AIT (Advanced Individual Training). Basic training teaches every soldier the foundations of being a soldier. AIT then teaches each person about the job they will be doing in the army. The length of AIT depends on the job you are doing in the army. My AIT is a little over 20 weeks long.

Once at Fort Gordon we had some minor issues finding where to check in. On the website it had a couple of different addresses. I called another guy from our bay that was already checking in we got it all figured out.

The check in process was fairly easy. We were given a packet full of pretty much everything we have done up to this point in our career in the army. We turned in most of this packet at the check in desk. We took out a few specified sheets and then after about 10 minutes we were escorted over to C company. Since we were leaving on a weekend pass with family all we had to do was fill out a bit of paperwork and then a sergeant signed it and said we were free to leave for the weekend.

I’m not really looking forward to being the fresh meat here at Charlie company. It will take a couple of weeks to figure out how everything works and the “ins and outs” of the place. It’s nice to be free again, so I’m going to enjoy the weekend with my wife.

I am due back on Sunday by 14:00 with all my bags to see my new home.

We checked out the local mall and then had dinner at PF Changs with PFC Metal and his wife. How great it is to enjoy a meal and have a conversation. I had my legs crossed and actually looked around the room too. I felt like I was breaking all the rules LOL.


Josh Mahaffey
Hey Mcguire, hows it feel to be free again?
Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 06:46 PM

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