Get ready for Army Basic Training
Schedules & Timelines - Army
Army Basic Training is an intense 10 week program. The breakdown is as follows:
ZERO WEEK: RECEPTION
This is where your transformation for civilian life to the Army world begins—from bidding farewell to your civilian clothes, getting your Army haircut and getting ready to become physical fit.
WEEK 1: FALL IN
Once Reception Week completes, it's now time to get down to business, lots to learn in a short period of time, new rules, regulations and processes involved in being in the Army. Classroom instruction begins
WEEK 2: DIRECTION
Your new mentor is your Drill Sergeant, leaving the classroom for the field, it's time to test your physical and mental endurance. Possible things to learn this week are map reading and first aid
WEEK 3: ENDURANCE
During week 3 you will have to rely on your team mate and dig deep inside yourself, it is time to start the physical and mental challenges of the simulated combat scenarios.
WEEK 4: MARKSMANSHIP
The M16A2. It is the standard issue weapon of the U.S. Army. You will be taught everything there is to know about this weapon. Learning to shoot a rifle is more than pulling the trigger. Marksmanship courses will teach you not only the proper way to hold a weapon, but also how to breathe and shoot from many different positions
WEEK 5: TRIALS
Hope you were paying attention in week 4 because you will use all that information this week to pass the Basic Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Course and the Fit to Win Obstacle Course. You will be challenged both mentally and physically.
WEEK 6: CAMARADERIE
You platoon is only as strong as its weakest member, this week you will learn to count on your fellow trainees. Bonds are formed and confidence is gained as trust exercises are implemented.
WEEK 7: CONFIDENCE
Confidence in yourself and your platoon has been growing steadily over the past seven weeks. Hand grenade training; live fire exercises; foot marching; and overall physical fitness will all be tested in the Confidence Course.
*WEEK 8: COMBAT SKILL DEVELOPMENT
An additional week was inserted at Week 8 to provide more time for developing combat skills. The Army will be testing this extended training from Nov. 07 to Jan. 08.
Read the full “Army Extends Training” article to learn more.
WEEK 9: VICTORY FORGE
All the miles have been marched and the obstacle left behind. It's time to put everything you've learned up to this point to the real test: a three-day field retreat to Victory Forge. This is the true and final test of your skills and spirit – your chance to prove you have what it takes to be a U.S. Army Soldier.
WEEK 10: GRADUATION
Your family and friends have made the journey to watch you graduate. All your hard work has led you to this day. This is the day you have been dreaming of, the day you become a U.S. Army Soldier.
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