Photo courtesy of Vincent Vargas

When Vincent “Rocco” Vargas got the word that he’d been cast in a pilot spin-off of FX’s Sons of Anarchy, he knew there was going to be one big problem: He had no idea how to ride, despite playing a member of a motorcycle gang. “Dude, it’s scary,” Vargas told Task & Purpose.

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A lone report from a female trainee of an alleged sexual assault by an Army drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Georgia, has led to the suspension of a group of drill sergeants amid a broad investigation into multiple sexual assault allegations, the branch announced on Aug. 23.

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Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

Despite what appeared to be an official announcement published on the official news site of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, a spokesman for the command tells Task & Purpose that plans to return drill sergeants to Advanced Individual Training are, in fact, not final.   

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Army Reserve photo by Master Sgt. Michel Sauret

Army drill sergeants were phased out of Advanced Individual Training a decade ago, but now, after years of deliberation, the official call has been made: They will be phased back in as soon as October 2019, according to a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command news blog post.

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 The Defense Video Imagery Distribution System, or DVIDS to defense and military journalists,  is overflowing with pictures, videos, and news briefings, and serves as an indispensable archive for all the Pentagon's media going back decades.

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U.S. Army photo by Nathan Snook

For those looking to enlist in the military, the lead up to basic training can be daunting. Prospective soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines sometimes turn to the internet for tips on how to make it through their first few months. There’s no shortage of articles and advice on how to “survive” basic training, but here’s the thing, initial training in the military really isn’t hard. In fact, it’s probably the easiest time you’ll have in your entire enlistment because everything is spelled out for you.

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