43rd AG Reception Battalion- In-processing

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Introduction to the 43rd AG Battalion

43rd AG Battalion sign This is where you begin your transformation from civilian to Army Soldier. You'll live in Army barracks, eat in an award winning Army dining facility, and start learning the Army way.

Your stay at the Reception Battalion is normally a "brief" 3 and 1/2 days, but this crucial 84 hours creates the foundation for your future Army career. In Grant Hall (the 43d AG Reception Station), you will process through 18 different stations under the control of seasoned Reception NCOs and Drill Sergeants. During this time, the military records that will follow you throughout your Army career, including medical, financial and personnel records will be established.

It is important that you understand all documents that you sign and issues that you are briefed on during these few days. Read each document carefully and ask your interviewer any questions you might have. The Reception Battalion processing is a period of adjustment for new Soldiers. But as we like to say, "27,000 new Soldiers do this every year without a problem - so can you!" Time is often in short supply, and being at the right place at the right time is crucial, so listen to your training cadre. They will treat you with dignity and respect, but remember that it is a two way street! Above all maintain a positive attitude and before you know it you will be fully in-processed into the United States Army.

Your reception battalion processing includes:

  • Smart Card issue ($350)
  • General orientation
  • Uniform issue and fitting
  • Personnel records processing
  • Identification (ID) card and PIN issue
  • Eye and dental check, hearing test
  • Immunizations (shots)
  • Initial Pay
  • Graduation Photo
  • Security Interviews
  • Medical Moment of Truth Briefing
  • Post Exchange to purchase missing required items

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