Armor OSUT | Fort Moore

Congrats to your trainee on completing Phase IV of Armor OSUT, the Blue Phase!

Week Nine Intel

Congrats to your trainee on completing Phase IV of Armor OSUT, the Blue Phase! In week nine your trainee is facing the the “Forge”. This includes a Night Infiltration Course and is followed by a 10-mile road march once complete. Your trainee will be put to the test, but their reward upon completion is recognition as a Soldier.

The Forge is a grueling, 96-hour, cumulative training exercise that puts week-nine trainees in a patrol base as they encounter a multitude of combat and logistical scenarios. It emphasizes battle drills, tactical operations, and numerous foot patrols.

Trainees will arrive at the Forge, where their mental and physical abilities are tested to their limits. They are evaluated on everything they’ve learned in the prior eight weeks of training, from basic first aid to security and reconnaissance patrols. The Drill Sergeants (DS) will advise the Trainees, but tactical decisions will be made by the platoon leaders and squad leaders. While each exercise differs in scenarios, all Basic Combat Training programs include an FTX.

The DS make the experience as realistic as possible by providing the Trainees with intelligence reports and throwing sporadic enemy contact at the Trainees, so they have to figure out how to secure the local area and their base from the threat. By the end of the Forge, your Trainee will have completed 44 tasks and battle drills, as well as hand-to-hand combat with pugil sticks – all while running on minimal sleep, while lugging lots of heavy equipment. Overall, this test is something that will test your Trainee physically, mentally and emotionally. At the end of the FTX, Trainees return to garrison as Soldiers after a short, informal field ceremony marking the culmination of their transition – the Rite of Passage.

The Night Infiltration Course (NIC) is one of the final events of the Forge. The Company will leave their training area in the afternoon, and move to the range where NIC is conducted. The purpose of the NIC is to condition the Trainees to the thought of moving forward under enemy fire. Once night falls over the range, the Trainees will follow their DS through the woods and into a deep trench at the far end of a sandy field. Opposite them 100 meters away are three machine gun towers where three M240B machine guns are securely bolted into a large turret which precisely directs their stream of fire 15 feet above the ground  into a large hill behind the range.

On command, the Platoon will go over the top of the trench and begin low crawling in darkness towards the towers under volleys of machine gun fire and pyrotechnic flares. With tracer rounds flying overhead, loud explosions, and the constant encouragement of their Drill Sergeants, the Trainees will slowly make their way across the sandy expanse while wearing their body armor, helmet, and other protective equipment. It takes between 10 and 20 minutes to complete the event, and they will be extremely fatigued and full of adrenaline. Upon completion however, they will have a better appreciation for the importance of courage when facing adverse situations.

Once your Trainee is done with their time at The Forge, they’ll conduct a 10 mile Road March back to the Company with the rest of their platoon, and will have some enhancement time for physical and psychological strength building.  In the next 24 hours, your Trainee will conduct their official Turning Green Ceremony.  This is where they will be officially recognized as a Soldier in the United States Army and issued their U.S. Army patch if they have met all of their graduation requirements.

You – and your Trainee – are nearing the midway point of Armor OSUT! It’s almost time to start thinking about reservations for graduation.

In your Letter to your Trainee this week, congratulate them for completing the Forge and their Turning Green Ceremony. They have completed the basic training portion of OSUT and are now considered Soldiers in the United States Army.

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

Hooah,

Retired Sgt. Maj. Kris Broadus