Field Report #259, August 1, 2006

Helmet Stops Enemy Bullet
Though a religious man, Cpl. Brian M. Henner doesn’t attribute divine intervention, luck, fate or destiny to the fact that he’s still alive after taking an enemy bullet to the head.

New Recruiting Age Limits
Obviously, as a result of this new age limit increase, a different crowd of people are joining the military; and they all have the same concerns. Here are a few of the questions I have received recently about basic training.

Critical Need For Warrant Officers
Warrant Officers are technical and tactical leaders who specialize, throughout an entire career, in a specific technical area. Although small in size, the level of responsibility in the Army Warrant Officer Corps is immense and only the very best will be selected to become Warrant Officers. Benefits include extended career opportunities, worldwide leadership assignments, and increased pay and retirement benefits.

Army Moving Toward Joint, Capable Aircraft
The idea of the services operating jointly with fewer aircraft platforms that share common features is the key to the modernization effort taking place throughout the military aviation community, the Army Aviation director said here yesterday.

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QUICK TIP: Life After Basic Training

After basic training, most people go to a technical school to learn a trade, whether you are going to become a military journalist, a physician's assistant, infantry troop or part of the bomb squad. These technical schools are usually located on military bases all over the United States. While the rigors of basic aren't found at technical training, there are still many rules and restrictions on new military people to be mindful of. Some people get into their technical training only to discover that they aren't right for that particular job, or that they have difficulty with the training.

Rest assured, this is not a one-way ticket out of the service. If you are having trouble in technical school, contact a school counselor, your training unit First Sergeant or Chief to discuss your situation. If you are worried about your ability to keep up in class, this is also a good idea--going to your chain of command before problems start is a good way to be taken seriously.

You may be eligible for a different kind of military school, and options could be available to you that weren't discussed when you first signed up. Don't give up on your chosen field at the first sign of difficulty, you may be experiencing the same kinds of growing pains everyone else in your chosen field does in the training environment. Talking to your instructors, or someone in your chain of command can be a huge help. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

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