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1 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A trainee stands at parade rest while he waits for Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation employees to help him purchase tickets home for the holidays. Trainees have been buying plane, train and bus tickets home for Victory Block Leave in December. Victory Block Leave is part of the Army's Holiday Block Leave (once known as exodus) where training shuts down for the holidays so unit cadre can spend time with their familiies. (Photo Credit: Robert Timmons) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Trainees stand in a queue to check out after purchasing tickets home for Victory Block Leave. The trainees will depart Basic Combat Training to spend two weeks with their Families over the holidays. (Photo Credit: Robert Timmons) VIEW ORIGINAL
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3 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation employees help trainees purchase tickets home for Victory Block Leave in December. (Photo Credit: Robert Timmons) VIEW ORIGINAL
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4 / 4 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Trainees line up to purchase tickets home for Victory Block Leave Nov. 3 in the Joe E. Mann Ballroom. (Photo Credit: Robert Timmons) VIEW ORIGINAL

In a few months trainees in Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson will be taking part in an annual occurrence most of them have waited for: Victory Block Leave.

Victory Block Leave is a time-honored event where Army training comes to a standstill as trainees, drill sergeants and cadre take two weeks off to spend time with their Families. For trainees that means they can doff the Army greens for a few weeks and let their hair grow out slightly before heading back to Jackson to continue training.

Trainees must first purchase tickets home before boarding the flight home. Fort Jackson’s Joe E. Mann Ballroom for the past few weeks has seen lines of trainees queuing up to get those tickets.