I am starting this discussion as the information I found prior to attending Drill Sergeant School was outdated, incorrect, or just flat out didn't exist. I will try to write something here daily-obviously if the course does not allow for it, I promise to at least have a post weekly. Today was the report date and here is what happened:
We formed up at the post theater at 0800 in our winter PT uniform. This was put out to us through a piece of paper at the hotel front desk. So don't go off of the welcome letter from the school's website. They did a roll call and then pitched three modules to us. After this, we loaded up on a bus and headed over to the new building which is very nice. We were taken inside for HT/WT/ Tape test. After finishing this, we went to a classroom and filled out some paperwork and were fitted for the campaign hats. The deputy Commandant spoke to us as well as a lady from lodging. After all of this was complete we marched to lunch which is in the same building. We had approximately 30-45 minutes to eat and the food is decent...plus you don't pay for it and they do not stop your BAS. After lunch we went back to the classroom for a 100% urinalysis which went faster than I thought it would. After everyone finished with that, we were broken down into squads and moved out to our classrooms. Again, more paperwork, some handouts and a powerpoint presentation on what you can expect. This is basically what I got from it:
o if you failed ht/wt/tape you are dismissed from the course
o if you fail to score at least 60 pts per event on the APFT (which is tomorrow) you are dismissed from the course
o if you fail to score at least 70 pts per event on the APFT you will attend special population PT daily
o you are off Sundays
o each time you walk past a Drill Sergeant Leader (DSL), 1SG, CSM etc. you sound off with "This we'll defend Drill Sergeant/1SG" etc
o no cussing
o there will be a break at 10 minutes til the hour-you are permitted to smoke but have to walk across the street
o smokeless tobacco is not allowed in the Drill Sergeant building
o chewing gum is not authorized while you are in uniform at all (it's actually in a policy letter)
o you are not authorized to drive your POV to the school...you have to be transported on the bus
o PT goes from 0500-0630. You have 45 minutes to shower/change. The bus leaves at 0715 sharp for the school house.
o MODULES...this is the big one. You do have to know them. Don't go looking for the module book and damn sure don't purchase one. Download FM 3-21.5 (Drill and Ceremonies) and learn all of it from that. Start out with Position of Attention, Rest Positions at the halt, and the hand salute. DO NOT GO OFF OF THE OLD MODULE BOOK! It is incorrect.
That just about sums up day one. Will try to post something tomorrow.