Armor OSUT | Fort Moore

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

Week Two Intel

Your Trainee has just completed their first week of Army training.  Last week they spent a lot of time learning and getting accustomed to the transition to Army life.  By now they are getting accustomed to the early mornings and long days. In week two they will tackle the Confidence Chamber and learn how to correctly don a variety of equipment.

This week they will begin exploring outside of the company area and complete a series of training events designed to challenge them mentally and physically. This will be one of the most memorable weeks of training for them.  This week will truly test their limits and help instill confidence in their abilities and their equipment.

First up this week is one of the most anticipated combat scenarios of their time at Fort Moore, the Confidence Chamber (also known as the gas chamber).  This is their first introduction to Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, and Nuclear (CBRN) training.  They will learn how to properly wear the M50 Protective Mask (also known as gas mask) as well as employ a variety of cleaning supplies specifically designed to treat contamination.

The final practical exercise of this training event is the gas chamber where your Trainee will learn to trust in their equipment. Don’t be alarmed, this is a controlled environment! They will put on their gas mask, and enter a room filled with harmless but very uncomfortable tear gas. While they are wearing their mask, they will be unaffected by the teargas, but they will proceed to remove their mask and experience the effects of tear gas briefly before exiting the chamber. This experience helps them understand how to maintain their composure and remain focused on what needs to be done even when they are under distress.

The Confidence Obstacle Course (COC) helps instill Army values, build confidence and raise personal courage between trainees. The Confidence Obstacle Course is designed to test Trainee’s endurance, stamina, and willpower to boost their confidence in their ability to perform under trying conditions.

The Confidence Obstacle Course is all about overcoming obstacles and, as the name implies, building confidence. It also requires the Trainees to face innate fears they may have such as a fear of heights.

Trainees will also get the chance to tackle the Confidence Rappel Tower also known as Eagle Tower. The Confidence Rappel Tower is an exercise typically done early where trainees can develop the personal courage and confidence in their equipment, giving trainees the ability to realize they can overcome just about any obstacle thrown their way. Trainees must navigate through several obstacles at extreme heights, including climbing and traversing rope ladders and bridges, and rappelling down a 50-foot wall.

This week also marks the completion of their first phase, the Yellow Phase.  They are now ready to transition to the second phase of their training, the Red Phase.  This is where they will take their first physical fitness assessment and begin to learn their basic Soldier tasks.

In your Letter to your Trainee this week, ask them how they did on the rappel tower, the gas chamber, and see if they’ve made any friends in their platoon. By the time they graduate the gas chamber will be a laughable memory.  Be sure to wish them luck on their first physical fitness assessment.

Consider selecting the Daily Drive as a letter add-on, this way your recruit will receive daily mail to encourage them throughout their journey.  This way your recruit will receive daily mail to encourage them throughout their journey.  

I’ll be back shortly with your week three update.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus