@ Homeless Guy,
First, I would like to say congratulations on such an accomplishment. I remember when I earned my EIB in 2005 and how much that meant to me. Also, I have heard your background with your reclass so I know it's even more important validating yourself an an Infantryman.
My two cents here is the Old Old EIB pre OIF/OEF was harder like most things in the Army. The EIB used to have a 15-25% "GO" percentage before the wars really kicked off.
Once the Expert weapons qual,land nav, 70% in each event on APFT and the 12 mile in 3 hrs became prerequisites, units could have 4 or 5 PT Test or conduct X amount of ranges if it was Febuary but EIB was going to be in June. Therefore it wasn't a One shot One kill type thing. Meaning you either score a 210 or better with 70% in each event or you can not even go out for EIB.
When I came in back in 04' I would say about 60-75% of Infantry in my BDE earned it. And the one's who didn't it was probably grenandes that took them out.
Back when I earned my EIB, it was proving you were a "Expert" of Infantry Skill Level One tasks. This mean a PVT out of Basic with 2 months prep could potentially earn his EIB. I don't see that now with the new system. It seems you need a little more experience, quick thinking, decisiveness, and even some tactical leadership nowadays. Just my thoughts.
I would say back in the day, there was some badge protecting, and I guy with a bad rep, probably stood no chance, and a guy with a good rep could screw up and it get overlooked.
I graduated about 8 or 9 months ago as an SFC. Let me just say a few things. It's very easy, so easy they have to stress the small things because Soldiers overlook the small things.
I will say the roadmarches are easy. What got people were packing list. They take that seriously.
First 3 days, I got smoked like I hadn't got smoked in a while. Afterthat smooth sailing. Slingload pay attention, practice and ask questions and you will be ok.
Any specific questions ask, and I will answer