Fort Leonard Wood

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

Week Seven Intel

Week seven marks the final week of Phase II! Trainees are tested at the end of each phase of training to make sure they know the skills essential not only for their military career, but possibly save their life. In order to move on to Phase III, also called the Blue Phase, trainees must pass the tests or risk doing White Phase again.

In week seven, your trainee will be introduced to automatic weapons snd receive advanced rifle marksmanship training. Then trainees will face the Army Combat Fitness test. Trainees are introduced to the .50 Caliber Browning M2, M136 (anti-tank) AT-4, .762 Caliber M240B Machine Gun, and .556 Caliber M249 (squad automatic weapon (SAW) Machine Gun – and hand grenades. They’ll learn how to throw, aim, and arm grenades, which will come in handy (no pun intended) should they ever find themselves in a combat situation.

Trainees will receive advanced rifle marksmanship training such as Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), how to engage moving targets, patrol and attack as a squad, convoy operations, moving under fire, and execute the battle march and shoot. The battle march and shoot exercise is a forced (timed) distance road march, in full battle rattle, immediately followed by an intense rifle range qualification.

Your trainee will also go through some live fire exercises this week, where they’ll learn how to field carry a casualty, properly operate a stretcher, and learn to execute a bodily carry, which is much like a fireman’s carry. As the Army’s Warrior Ethos states, your trainee will never leave a fallen comrade behind, so learning to carry their fellow trainees in these manners are essential trainings before your trainee can take their place in the field.

Your trainee will also take (and hopefully pass) the Army Combat Fitness test. The Army recently made this test more difficult to pass, as your trainee will need to score a 60% or higher in three different areas – push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run – in order to successfully complete the test and graduate boot camp. Your trainee should be good to go for this test, as the physical exercises and trainings they’ve gone through at BCT are designed to ensure that they are in proper shape and can pass.

They’ll also have their final external evaluations, and will undergo inspections from their DS in addition to practicing drill and ceremony with their platoon.

By the end of week seven, trainees are expected to be able to properly don their protective mask, perform voice communications, identify terrain features and grid coordinates on a map, evaluate a casualty and properly conduct first aid, and correct a weapons malfunction.Best of luck to your trainee on their tests this week.

Be sure to send them a Letter with your well wishes before the end of the week! Ask them how their Blue Phase tests and MOUT training went, and see if they are excited to move to the third, and final, stage of BMT.


Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus