In a push to instill more discipline among its newest soldiers, the Army is looking to its drill sergeants for help.
With their iconic hats and hard-nosed reputations, Army leaders are taking a serious look at whether drill sergeants should make a return to advanced individual training.
The move, if approved, would mark a huge reversal for the Army and mean an end to the service’s lesser-known, underrated AIT platoon sergeants, who do much of the same work as drill sergeants without any of the perks.
The Center for Initial Military Training is conducting research and will present a recommendation to Training and Doctrine Command senior leaders by early summer. If the proposal moves forward, any changes must be approved by senior Army leaders.
“When you think about TRADOC soldiers, when we hand that soldier off to their first unit of assignment, there are three things we want them to be – fit, disciplined and well-trained,” said said Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, the senior enlisted soldier for Training and Doctrine Command.
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