I see a lot of questions for DSS and I thought I would share my knowledge on the school. Currently I am going into week 2 so I will give as much info as I can for the new people coming here.
When you arrive at the airport you have to provide transportation to Fort Jackson. Either by splitting a cab or paying for it yourself. When you arrive at the gate the gate guard tells you how to get to drill sergeant barracks and you report to the duty staff there. They issue you linen (bringing your own is allowed) if you dont have any and your directed to your room. Once you get to your room they have you inventory the room and you sign for everything. If you get here early enough you have the rest of the day off and you don't really do anything I got in at midnight and formation was at 0400 the next morning I went to bed about 0130 so I got about two and half hours asleep.
First formation is at 04 and it's in full winter PT's this includes longsleeve PT shirt gloves and outer shells so if you don't have the shells for your gloves you have to get them. If you don't have them and you get here you will be singled out and yelled at. After the first formation they march you over to the next building and they do a height and weight test on you. While they do this all the drill sergeants are walking up and down
And finding any deficiencies they can to Yell at you for. If you have logos on your socks but are on the feet or hidden when you wear your shoes you will get yelled that. Just make sure the socks are all white or only colored on the toes and heels.
A lot of the candidates here had short sleeves and they got yelled at by the Sgt. major for not having long sleeves. Haircuts also should be tapered and pretty much be skin on the back of the head and tapered to the top. They saw my haircut and immediately yelled at me because it was not a tapered. Also no sideburns what so ever. They will give u hell about them. Mine were in regs but I still got singled out and yelled at by the SGM.
After height and weight you go back to barracks and get an ACUs and report back and just start the day. The day is just a bunch of in processing and different briefings and you get to meet your drill sergeant leaders. During chow the drill Sgts will start asking you for the drill sergeant Creed and the soldiers creed and the first three modules. If you dont want RBIs learn them before you get here or they will give you RBIs. If you don't know or stumble through it They will make you recite it over and over until you get it even if it's in the middle of the chow hall while you're trying to get eggs.
APFT in the morning. You have to get 60 in each event to get accepted into the class. Today we had 4 APFT failures and they were sent home immediately. 3 were for push ups and one was for sit ups. If everyone does push-ups for quality over quantity and leave their ego you can easily pass. I just made sure to touch my chest to he ground and pause for a split second at the top. I did 55 and was fine.
We did Warrior tower for half the day and had Saturday and Sunday off completely.
Day 5-9 was just class room stuff and on day 7 you pitch the first three modules which are really easy if you studied.
(NOTE: This is my experience from 4th platoon, not from other platoons. If you get here and your in a different platoon it may be different)
Some other random questions I saw.
ASUs, you can either stuff them in your duffel bag or bring them in a garment bag. You will have plenty of time to go to the cleaners.
Going to the GYM. You wont have much time to go because you want to be studying. You can use supplements but if it effects your PRT they will make it an issue.
You can use your hands when describing the modules
Dont bring old ACUs. Faded or white ACUs will get you unwanted attention.
There is no wifi in the barrakcs...yeah i know it sucks, bring a hard drive or hot spot.
Bring Civilian clothes. You can wear them after hours.
Gloves. Old school gloves that have inserts and shells. Dont bring your super high speed gloves unless they are all black.
Only bring issued eye pro. Oakleys are not allowed unless they are issued.
Any other questions just ask and i will try my best to answer.