Armor OSUT | Fort Moore

Hi, Kris here with your week three training update. Welcome to week 3.

Intel Week Three

Congrats to your Trainee for successfully completing all of their Phase I requirements and advancing into Phase II, Red Phase!  Week three is full of new challenges for your trainee. From land navigation to rifle marksmanship and the their first Army Combat Fitness test, this is a big week full of firsts. By now your Trainee is in the full swing of things and getting anxious to see the results of how those early morning workouts are paying off on their upcoming physical fitness assessment.

Can you imagine what life would be like if you didn’t have GPS to get anywhere these days? That’s exactly what your Trainee is doing this week as they learn the fundamentals of Land Navigation. Your Trainee is learning how to properly use a compass, identify terrain features on a map, and set their pace count, or how many steps they take when walking a distance of 100 meters on flat ground.

During Land Navigation, Trainees receive randomly assigned coordinate points that they will plot on a map using their protractor. Using the map, they will look for various types of terrain like hills, valleys and creeks that can help them determine the location of their point.

Each of these steps are detrimental to a Trainee’s success of the Land Navigation course. For example, pace count might vary when walking uphill or downhill, or a compass could be calibrated wrong. Having this knowledge upfront and knowing what to do about it will prepare Trainees for situations they may encounter in the woods while looking for their points.

The next major obstacle this week is their first assessment for the Army’s Combat Physical Fitness Test (ACFT).  There are six events that make up the ACFT and the entire test must be completed within 90 minutes from start to finish.  Each event is designed to assess and improve your physical strength, mental toughness, coordination, and flexibility, while reducing preventable injuries. The six events for the ACFT are as follows:


In this event, you will lift the maximum weight possible three times using a 60-pound hex bar and plates.


In this event, you will throw a 10-pound medicine ball backward and overhead as far as possible.


In this event, you will complete as many hand-release push-ups as possible in two minutes, using the proper technique


Do five 50-meter shuttles (sprint, drag, lateral, carry, sprint) as fast as possible using two 40-pound kettlebells, and a 90-pound sled.


During this event, you will maintain a plank for as long as possible, in the proper position:


During this event, you will run for two miles on a generally flat outdoor course while being timed.

The ACFT is scored based on your gender and age.  All Trainees must achieve 60 points in each event and have a minimum score of 360 to successfully pass.  The maximum score in each event is 100 and the maximum score on the ACFT is 600.  Encourage your Trainee this week.  They have come a long way since they arrived at Fort Moore.  While they may not have done as well as they wanted to this time, there are two more more assessments until the final end of the cycle test for record.  I assure you, their DS will do everything they can to get them across the line.

In your Letter to your Trainee this week, ask them how they did with Land Navigation and their first Army Combat Fitness Test assessment.  Be sure to ask them where their Battle Buddy is from and what they’ve learned about them. By the time they graduate their physical transformation will amaze you.

I’ll be back next week with your week four training update. In the meantime, don’t forget to add Reply Postage to your letters. This makes replying that much easier for your busy recruit, since their Sandboxx return envelope will include prepaid reply postage and they won’t have to track down a stamp.


Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus