My fiancé is currently in boot camp, then shipping straight to PH for A school. He told me it was 6 months, but I just read something that said it was only 12 weeks. Does anybody who has been through this know how long the A school actually is?
Depending on when he gets to A school he may be placed on Hold until they have a class for him. Between BC and A school you should not expect to see him for about 6 months. Sometimes it ends up being less for A school but sometimes it is longer. They may also have added combat training to his A school estimate.
Okay, will they give him a graduation or end date after he gets there like they do in BC or is it kinda just a play by ear situation?
He'll get a date once he gets there and is assigned a class. My Bee was on hold for nearly 2 months before he classed up. The good news is that you'll be able to talk to him more than in BC.
2 months? Wow! What do they do while they're on hold?
Pull weeds, Clean the Head, Mop floors, Push paper, pick up trash...... Make Work stuff. They also PT and recover from the Ricky Crud that they all arrive with. My Bee had Pneumonia when he arrived at his A school and he needed the time to rest and recover!
Aw I was hoping you'd say they can come home and wait here ): I know during some phases they aren't allowed to leave base. Can they leave base when they're on hold? I'm sorry to hear yours was sick!!
Thanks for the well wishes. Most of them get sick to one degree or another. They aren't ever allowed to go home to "wait" for anything, sadly. Depending on his PIR date he may or may not even be allowed to come home at Christmas. It is entirely up to the command at the time as to if they can go out to town while waiting. Sometimes they are allowed to go to town with a buddy but for the most part mine stuck on base. He was in GP though, It may be different for A school at PH.