Old 03-21-2018, 07:31   #1
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First off, thank you for taking the time to read through this:

I'm a new 18C in 3rd with no prior experience, we're deploying to Africa this year, and I don't have a senior to guide me through things, i'm going through all the channels and resources I can. Our team is sending 2 guys on the PDSS, and i'm trying to figure out what I will need to know.

Obviously they'll be mission specific, but i'm hoping someone could at least point me in the right direction so i'll know what to think about. i.e. what is the latrine situation like. Road systems in AO, conditions, what to expect in the rainy season, Types of vehicles to avoid etc. Is there storage room for equipment? electricity available.

Generalized questions that can steer me.

Thank you all,
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:56   #2
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Where are you in 3rd Group? If you are in the correct battalion, I'll be glad to help you out.
If you are from one of those "other" battalions, I'll still help you out, I'll just feel sad for you for being assigned to a lesser battalion.....
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:02   #3
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Been out of the business for quite awhile, but based on the info you put out there ... I would first of all examine the latest country study which is published and updated on a regular basis. It will give you the background you seem to be asking for. After that you can run more specific questions up the chain to the S-2.
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You do realize that there is a man on your team who has all of those answers or knows where to get them.
he is the one in charge and has the most stripes.
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You do realize that there is a man on your team who has all of those answers or knows where to get them.
he is the one in charge and has the most stripes.
Hooah.
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Old 03-21-2018, 10:50   #6
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First off, thank you for taking the time to read through this:

I'm a new 18C in 3rd with no prior experience, we're deploying to Africa this year, and I don't have a senior to guide me through things, i'm going through all the channels and resources I can. Our team is sending 2 guys on the PDSS, and i'm trying to figure out what I will need to know.

Obviously they'll be mission specific, but i'm hoping someone could at least point me in the right direction so i'll know what to think about. i.e. what is the latrine situation like. Road systems in AO, conditions, what to expect in the rainy season, Types of vehicles to avoid etc. Is there storage room for equipment? electricity available.

Generalized questions that can steer me.

Thank you all,
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Old 04-02-2018, 20:45   #7
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Why oh why did you not hunt down this information in person instead of looking for it online? All Groups are stuffed full of senior guys who usually love to talk about the stuff they know. If you don't have a senior, you knock on the Team Rm door next to yours and ask their 18C, then you walk up and down the hall to every other Tm Rm and the B Tm and ask those 18Cs. Still cannot find an answer, walk over to HSC or the Bn S3 shop and see if there is an 18C there to talk to. My friend, SF is about relationships, you need to be the social butterfly out there cultivating them in person! If you still are stumped, PM me and I will send you all the stuff I have.

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,,All Groups are stuffed full of senior guys who usually love to talk about the stuff they know.

nailed it,,,,and made me laugh thinking about that,,,it's so very try, especially over a cup of coffee
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