Fort Leonard Wood

Hi, Kris here, back with your week two training week update. 

Week Four Intel

Congrats to your trainee on entering their second phase of basic training, the white phase! Now that they’re well into training, it’s time to start thinking about booking your flight and hotel to see them graduate.

Phase II focuses on the transition from individual to team. Trainees will also be issued their weapons and conduct marksmanship training. Going forward they’ll be spending more time at the firing range.

During the first stretch of Phase II, also known as the White Phase, the drill sergeants (DS) have already started to move the emphasis of training away from individual to the team. Trainees have also been assigned a “Battle Buddy,” who must accompany them everywhere they go throughout the remainder of BCT.

The M16 or M4 carbine are the standard issue weapons of the U.S. Army. Training Circular (TC) 3-22.9 is the Army’s guide to provide soldiers the critical information on how to properly and effectively engage and destroy threats in a direct fire engagement.

Trainees will be taught everything there is to know about the rifle (remember, it’s not a gun). Learning to shoot a rifle requires a lot more than simply pulling the trigger. The TC relies on the DS teaching the soldiers about how the weapon functions, its capabilities, the capabilities of the optics and ammunition, and how to properly employ those capabilities to achieve mastery through the application of the functional elements of the shot process. Lastly, marksmanship courses will teach trainees not only the proper way to hold a weapon, but also how to breathe and shoot from various positions.

Anytime the trainees conduct marksmanship training, they will march to the firing range, usually in full battle rattle.

To conclude their week, your trainee will work on their land navigation and map reading skills.

In your Letter to your trainee this week, ask them how their marksmanship training is going, and if they’re getting the hang of mastering their weapon. Your recruit may be feeling the distance by now, and missing their world outside basic training. Consider adding The Dispatch with your next letter. This is a weekly newsletter, sent to your recruit to help them feel connected to life outside of basic training.


Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus