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Army recruits prepare for basic training

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FORT SILL, Okla._The drill sergeants and command staff of alpha battery, 95th Adjunct General Battalion (Reception) can process up to 1,000 soldiers in a single week to get them ready for basic training.

It’s a daunting task that requires 15-hour days to make sure the new soldiers have everything they need to be successful in basic training.

It’s the first week in the Army for the soldiers and it's the job of the leaders at reception to prepare them for the next nine weeks of basic training.

"Getting them used to the Army life, instilling discipline in them," said Drill Sergeant Dewong Franklin.

It's a challenge for the drill sergeants and command staff but can be equally, if not more, challenging for the new recruits.

"A lot of them are brand new to the Army. They’ve never experienced this kind of discipline and structure before. I think it's a huge adjustment and culture shock for them," said Captain Katherine Melcher.

In a matter of five to seven days, the new soldiers will get a fresh haircut, get their teeth checked, get shots and so much more. It’s all part of a process to prepare them for what's next.

"We have to make sure all of the paperwork is straight and that they everything that they need before they start training so they can really focus on training and not have to worry about finance or other things that need to be taken care of," said Capt. Melcher.

After reception, it's time for them to ship out for basic where there is another checklist of challenges to complete.

"That whole fear of the unknown. A lot of them have a fear of the unknown, they just have no idea what to expect," said Drill Sgt. Franklin.

That's exactly what these soldiers are thinking, but thanks to the soldiers at reception, they are ready to start their basic training.

The 95th AG Battalion (Reception) also helps those soldiers who were hurt in basic training get healthy and get back to work so they can graduate basic training.


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