Fort Jackson

Hooah!! Welcome back for your Week Nine training update. To start week nine, your Soldier (notice that we didn’t say trainee, now that your loved one has gone through their Rite of Passage ceremony).    


Week nine is a week of reflection on all the achievements that have been made during the Basic Combat Training journey. It will also be filled with lots of time cleaning and preparing the area for the next class that comes in.  

You may notice that your Soldier can call you and spend some more time on the phone with you than before. They have earned those privileges by achieving and overcoming every obstacle that was put in front of them.


For the majority of this week, your Soldier will spend their time servicing their weapons and equipment they will not be taking to Advanced Individual Training (AIT) with them. They will be cleaning things like their helmet, canteen, weapons, and any other equipment that was used during their BCT experience.  

They will also focus on getting the barracks ready for the next incoming class. This is a tedious process and the Drill Sergeants will ensure that the barracks are in pristine condition prior to their departure. They will have a final inspection of their Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU) that they will wear for their BCT Graduation.

One of the most exciting parts of this week is practicing for their impending BCT Graduation Ceremony. This is what they have been working for since their arrival at BCT. The realization that they have finally achieved their goal is very exciting. They are getting more and more excited every day to finally see their family and show you the transformation they have made.


ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!! It is almost time to be reunited with your Soldier. I can’t imagine the excitement you are feeling. Next week you will get to see your Soldier for the first time since they started their journey to becoming a Soldier. As graduation quickly approaches, visit Fort Jackson Photography to choose from Army apparel, merch, and more to find the perfect gift for your future Soldier, just in time for a family weekend.

If you can’t make it to graduation, there is still time to send your future Soldier a final Letter congratulating them on this incredible accomplishment, plus you can include an AAFES gift card as a last-minute graduation gift.


Stay tuned for more insights into Week Ten and beyond. 

That’s a brief look at the intense but rewarding journey your Trainee is on. Let’s keep supporting them every step of the way!

You can always find me via chat in the Sandboxx app or — just ask for Kris, and myself or another teammate will get back to you as soon as we can.


SGM Kris Broadus, U.S. Army (Ret)