A little backstory may help here. My friend signed up for the National Guard last year, and completed basic last summer. While he was away, his house and all of his belongings, with the exception of his truck, burnt down. Nothing was salvageable. I did the best I could to help him out, gave him clothes, etc. The service gave him a hardship leave, and then yanked him around on when he was going back. He wound up getting married in the meantime. He just found out he's headed to AIT on May 15th. With that out of the way, I'd like to do something nice for him before he leaves. I'm sure we'll do the usual going away party thing, but I'm wanting to do something a little extra. Mainly, I was thinking about getting a bunch of shit he could use while he's there. I know you're not really supposed to bring anything to basic, but I don't know if AIT is any different. Is it possible for him to bring shit with him, and if so, what would you guys recommend for me to get him? His MOS is going to be Light Mechanic if that helps at all. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.