Fort Leonard Wood

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

Week Six Intel

By this time, your trainee has gained more confidence through their challenging training. Their platoon is only as strong as its weakest member. This week, even more than last, trainees will depend on their battle buddies as they form deeper bonds and gain confidence in each other as they carry out trust exercises. They will spend more time in the field executing live fire exercises on the scope with their M68, as well as a 7.5 mile road march in full battle rattle, learning tactical training, and conducting patrol base operations.

Your trainee will also go through another one of the Army’s newer field exercises during week six called the Anvil, their second of three major field training exercises. This exercise uses skills like squad tactics, medical training events, and BCRN attacks to prepare trainees for land navigation, small unit tactics and dismounted patrolling.

More time in the field means trainees will experience a deeper understanding of field hygiene. There is no running water or access to the dining facility (DFAC) during these field exercises, so meals are given in the form of either meal ready to eat (MRE) or field chow.

Training Circular (TC) 4-02.3 provides guidance to soldiers on field hygiene and sanitation, so that soldiers can remain healthy and fit in the field, and are capable of accomplishing their mission in any environment.

After being out in the field for even a couple of days, getting hot chow brought in from the DFAC can be the only rest that your trainee gets all day. Hot chow isn’t only about getting some down time. Although some find discovering the treats inside an MRE and experiencing the flameless heater to be cool experiences, time in the field can be very challenging, so the smell of food – even in MRE form – can be pretty euphoric.

Last, during field exercises, your trainee may interact with soldiers that have completed BCT and are there to support the training exercises as cadre. These soldiers require the same level of respect as the drill sergeants.

In your Letter to your trainee today, ask them about the Anvil field exercise, as well as their favorite – and least favorite – MRE that they had to eat while in the field. You could also ask how great that first hot meal was after getting out of the field.


Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus