June 22, 2016 –
Eight Soldiers from the Army Reserve’s 108th Training Command (IET) became the latest members of the U.S. Army’s elite training corps, the Drill Sergeant corps, at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant Academy at Fort Jackson’s Post Theater, June 22.
In all, 81 Soldiers from across the country stepped across the stage and donned the prestigious drill sergeant hat signifying the successful completion of a 63-day training program designed to mimic what new recruits to the service go through in basic combat training.
In attendance at the ceremony were the 95th Training Division’s newest commanding general, Brig. Gen. Andrew Bassford, and the 95th Training Division command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. John Stumpf, the guest speaker and former drill sergeant.
Stumpf, in his remarks, spoke of continuing the legacy of those Soldiers who fought before us by training the most capable fighting force in the world.
He said, “It’s not what you do, it’s what the generations that follow you do.
“Our survival as a nation depends on how well you train your Soldiers and the job they do. We learned that lesson from the greatest generation. How they perform on future battlefields is your legacy.”
The eight Army Reserve drill sergeants now take their place among the 2,700 Reserve drill sergeant positions that make up more than half of the total Army drill sergeant corps. Those drill sergeants regularly augment the active component at the Army’s four basic combat training installations across the country and at the Drill Sergeant Academy here on Fort Jackson, South Carolina as drill sergeant leaders, instructing candidates attending the Drill Sergeant course.
“These drill sergeants are now hitting the trail and the trail can be very hot, dusty, wet and tiring. But the reward at the end of the day is when you deliver the best product in the world, the U.S. Soldier. That’s what it’s all about,” said Stumpf.