Armor OSUT | Fort Moore

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

Week Ten Intel

Congrats to your Soldier on entering their fifth phase of Armor OSUT Training, the Black Phase! We hope you were able to attend the Turning Green Ceremony last week. You may have noticed that they are no longer referred to as Trainees, they have earned the right to be called Soldier! The Black Phase begins the formal portion where they will learn and develop the skills required to become an Armor Soldier.

During week ten your Soldier will spend time in the classroom learning about new weapons. Then they will move to the range for more hands on training before completing the week learning about mines.

The week begins with your Soldier spending some time in the classroom getting instruction and familiarization on the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, commonly referred to as the SAW. The M249  is an individually portable, gas operated, magazine or disintegrating metallic link-belt fed, light machine gun with fixed headspace and quick change barrel feature. The M249 engages point targets out to 800 meters, firing the improved NATO standard 5.56mm cartridge. The SAW forms the basis of firepower for the fire team.

Once your Soldier completes their classroom instruction, they will move out to the range and learn how to zero the weapon and fire to ensure they have a good shot group. They will also be coached by their Drill Sergeants on how to properly brace the weapon, fire the appropriate number of rounds in a burst, and “walk the rounds” up the target to ensure a hit.

Also this week, your Soldier will learn about mines. They will have the opportunity to to fire the M18 Claymore Mine. This is known to cause an exhilarating and loud explosion. Not all Soldiers will get to fire this live mine, but they will all become very familiar and competent on the use of them. One of the most important things they will take away from the Claymore Mine training  is “Front towards the enemy.”

In your Letter to your trainee this week, ask them how they are enjoying getting more familiar with the M249 SAW. I am sure they will be excited to tell you all about it.

I’ll be back shortly with your week eleven training update.


Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus