Fort Moore | Infantry OSUT

Hooah! Welcome back for the final update on Phase V, Black Phase! After this week your Soldier is moving into the sixth and final phase of Infantry OSUT Training. The final phase of training is called the Gold Phase. We are so close to the finish line!

WEEK THIRTEEN EXPECTATIONS: BLACK PHASE

The last several weeks have been exhausting for your Soldier. They have spent a significant amount of time in the field and at the range as they mastered the M249 SAW and Land Navigation. This week will be a welcomed change as your Soldier will spend the majority of their week in a classroom learning life saving skills for combat operations. 

COMBAT LIFESAVER CERTIFICATION

At the completion of the classroom instruction, your Soldier will be tested on the skills they have learned via a written 50 questions test and a grueling high-intensity hands-on evaluation. Your Soldier must score a 70% on the written exam and they will be scored in a Pass/Fail method on the hands-on test.

The hands-on evaluation is an intense event where Soldiers are exposed to simulated battlefield conditions. They must secure, evacuate, and treat a casualty simulation dummy, all while dealing with enemy combatants, environmental challenges, and a constant stream of battle conditions. The test will last no more than 20 minutes, but this can feel like an eternity to the Soldiers as they fight their way to the finish.

The areas of focus for Combat LifeSaver Certification are:

Controlling Bleeding

Managing and Opening an Airway

Treating Penetrating Chest Trauma

Initiating a Field Medical Card

Request a Medical Evacuation

Tactical Casualty Movement and Evacuating a Casualty

At the completion of this week, your Soldier won’t quite be ready to perform surgery, but they will have a profound knowledge of basic first aid. Your Soldier will be able to provide intermediate support between buddy-style life support aid taught to every soldier, and the advanced life support skills that are taught to US Army Combat Medics and to US Army Special Forces Medical Sergeants. While this curriculum was developed for combat scenarios, these skills are directly applicable to many physical trauma situations that can happen unexpectedly in everyday life. 

ACFT ASSESSMENT

Another major event for your Soldier is the third Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) assessment. The gains they have achieved from their first ACFT assessment in Week 3 will be significant. Drill Sergeants have spent an immense amount of time helping your Soldier transform their physical and nutritional readiness.  

LETTERS FROM HOME = MORALE

In your Letter this week, ask your Soldier how they did on the ACFT and what experience they gained from the Combat LifeSaver Course.  Next week will be spent in the field for the majority of the week. Make sure you get your letter out as soon as possible since they will be away from the unit next week.

Although Sandboxx letters arrive the next day with return stationery, a pre-addressed envelope, the return postage paid, photos, and a gift card feature, don’t feel like you have to use Sandboxx to send letters. We encourage handwritten letters and cards – these are super important.

THE MAKING OF YOUR SOLDIER

Stay tuned for more insights into Week Fourteen and beyond. Follow us on social media for the latest updates, letter ideas, and more.

That’s a brief look at the intense but rewarding journey your Soldier is on. Let’s keep supporting them every step of the way!

You can always find me via chat in the Sandboxx app or happiness@sandboxx.us — just ask for Kris, and myself or another teammate will get back to you as soon as we can.

Hooah!

SGM Kris Broadus, U.S. Army (Ret)