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Welcome Families and friends of the Service members training at Fort Leonard Wood.

Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training are training courses that transform civilians into Soldiers. Recruits learn about the Seven Core Army Values, how to work together as a team and what it takes to succeed as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.


Just as your Soldier prepares for his or her journey serving as a Soldier in the United States Army, you too can prepare for Army life. Itís important to learn as much as you can about how the Army works and how to successfully connect with your new Army Family so that you can help your Soldier and your family by becoming more self-reliant and resilient through the many changes you will experience as you transform from a civilian family to a military family.




Before leaving for basic the Soldier will be given a strict list of things they can and cannot take with them. Follow the list exactly. Do not send any valuables or CD players, etc. Once they arrive at basic, these things are all packed up and put in a room till they come home.

Remember the first several days at basic training are "in-processing" days and your Soldier will NOT have time or opportunity to call. Don't worry--they're just very busy.

After the Soldier starts basic training, they will be given a chance, most of the time, to call on Sundays. They will only have a few minutes to talk as there is usually a line of Soldiers to call home.

If the Unit has a Social Media (Facebook) page or a website, try to keep track of what is going on in his/her training.

If the Unit offers you a chance to go to a family day it may be worth your time to go if you can. If there are Soldiers their whose familiesí could not make it, consider adopting them for the day.

Graduation is another big day for your Soldier, if you can be there do so. Make hotel reservations early.

Most important of all, try not to worry your Soldier during his training. Praise them, boost their morale, give them lots of encouragement but let them stay focused on the task at hand!

Entering Basic Combat Training (BCT) requires physical and mental strength. Current BCT students, BCT alumni and drill sergeants share their personal experiences transitioning from citizen to Soldier and the resources available to help new recruits along the way.


Have questions? When will my Soldier get paid? When will he find out which Unit he's in? Where do I send mail? How do I find out about graduation? Should he go to sick call?  Click here  for this awesome resource from the 3rd Chemical Brigade.


   Get connected with mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends and other loved ones that have a Soldier training in the same Unit as yours! Just click on the dropdown menu and select which Unit you would like to connect with.


Parade of Soldiers waving flags



What YOU can do to support your Soldier during his or her training.





Learning what your Soldier is experiencing during his or her training at Fort Leonard Wood will help you become a source of comfort and encouragement to them.

Becoming a Soldier can be an extremely stressful experience, your role as their loved one is critical during this time of change and transformation.

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Reporting for Duty Online
This is a virtual look from arrival to graduation at Fort Leonard Wood by STL Today




Book CoverFamily Guidebook
Learn what your Soldier is doing during his/her basic training or advanced individual training


Book CoverWelcome to the Army Family (Army Spouses)

This publication is full of information designed to help you and your Family adjust to the Army way of life, make you more self-reliant and to provide general information.


Book Cover"Your Soldier; Your Army": A Parents Guide

Mrs. Cody turns her own 30-year experience as the wife and mother of Soldiers into advice and consolation for other parents with deploying children.



Are you married or engaged to a Soldier?


Exciting and rewarding times, lifelong friendships and a few challenges lie ahead of you as your family live and grow in the Army. Together, as a team, you can make the most of your Army life by taking advantage of the many resources and opportunities discussed in this DVD.



DVD Information Booklet (as referred to in the video)


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