UPDATE to Story of Trainee with Homeless Family While In Basic Training
A week ago we posted a story submitted by a user that was different than the normal stuff you see. It wasn’t about Drill Sergeants being mean, crazy or the hard asses they usually are. It was about a Drill Sergeant paying attention to his soldiers, noticing something was wrong, and working with the soldier to help them and their family. In this case a soldier who found out his family had become homeless shortly after he arrived at Basic Training.
A lot of you were commenting wanting to know how everything turned out for the Soldier and his family. Well, the Soldier who submitted the story emailed us with an update and asked us to post it so we had to oblige.
Here is the original story:
This isn’t a story about Privates being retarded, or about how how we all got the sh*t smoked out of us, not even about a hilarious line that came from a Drill Sergeant. This one is about Drill Sergeants doing what they do best…helping f*cked up civilians transition into fit soldiers.
When I left home for Fort Knox things weren’t going well for my family. My father had passed a couple years before and we hadn’t yet financially recovered. My family spent 2 years fighting repeated repossessions, we had moved 3 times, and more times than not we had to live without something, be it water lights or gas. I kept this to myself for some time.
Some time in white phase it all fell apart. I had tried calling home and couldn’t reach my mother or brother. My Drill Sergeant, DS G had noticed that something was getting to me. My head just wasn’t in it and suddenly I was just ate the fuck up. He pulled me and battle into his office. He asked me what was going on and I told him it was personal. He had my battle stand in a corner with his fingers in his ears singing the Army Song while I explained that I was scared something horrible had happened considering my family’s situation. He took down a few phone numbers including my Mother’s work number.
The next day during training DS G called me aside, alone. All I could think is I had just fucked the pooch and was about to get booted out. DS G explained to me that he got a hold of my Mother. He told me that her and my brother were currently homeless, living out of a car, and we had to go talk to the commander. I was given the choice to stick it out and soldier on or go home and help my family. Knowing that a third person living in am old Mercury would only worsen the situation of soldiered on.
I was allowed phone calls every Monday and Friday since I could only reach my Mother at work while everyone else just got their one Sunday call. This went on throughout the cycle. Just after our final FTX as we made it back to our Barracks with our newly donned berets DS G pulled me aside. He told me he respected my decision to soldier through it, and told me he knew I had what it takes to make a fine soldier. To this day I won’t forget how much DS G did to help me through a rough patch. Despite my extra calls he never took it easy on me, and when I allowed my situation to get to me and make me slip up he still help my feet to the fire just the same.
I don’t know that I could have made it through if DS G hadn’t proven that while Drill Sergeants are as tough as forged steel, they still have a heart and truly take the care of their trainees seriously!
HERE IS THE UPDATE:
As some of your subscribers wanted, I want to provide an update to my story (#3093).
Because of my decision to soldier on, I provided my family with my full paycheck minus $20 (for personal hygiene items, and whatnot). My mother saved that money until 1 week before my graduation. It was enough to get her and my brother off the streets and into a house. If DS G had not been such a great and supportive NCO I’m not sure I could have graduated. As for me, I graduated BCT, moved on to AIT and eventually ETS’D. I’ll forever be grateful to my leadership in BCT for giving me the tools I needed to ensure my family could get back on their feet.
I appreciate everyone’s true interest in my story, as well as how things turned out for me and my family!