Fort Moore | Infantry OSUT

Hooah!! Welcome back for your Week 17 update. Your Soldier has done a tremendous amount of hard work to get to this point. The finish line is so close, they can taste it.

WEEK SEVENTEEN EXPECTATIONS: GOLD PHASE

Your Soldier has just completed an exciting week of learning about the tactics and techniques 

of Urban Combat. This week, they will put everything they have learned to the test as they complete their Urban Operations Live Fire Exercise (UO LFX). Towards the end of the week, they will have another memorable experience, an opportunity to fire several different heavy weapons in the Infantry arsenal.

URBAN LIVE FIRE EXERCISE

During this exercise, your Soldier will put on their full protective equipment and enter a shoot-out as part of a four person team. They will form a “stack” outside of the room, use non-verbal communication to prepare their entry, and then briskly move into the room with weapons at the ready. Once inside they will rapidly engage targets as a team while calling out targets and obstacles in the room. 

Communication is crucial during this exercise as entry into an enemy occupied building is chaotic and there are many unknowns that must be rapidly assessed and addressed. Your Soldier will be working as a single unit with their three teammates to solve this challenge. Through their previous training, they have learned the responsibilities and sectors for each position in the stack and will seamlessly execute their part of the larger exercise. 

The UO LFX will teach your Soldier about the importance of rehearsal and repetition in the execution of complex and chaotic missions. They will also learn that they can perform in the most trying times when they have sound training to fall back on.

HEAVY WEAPONS

Later in the week, the Soldiers will go out to the range and train on the Infantry’s heavy weapons systems. These include the M2 .50 Caliber heavy machine gun, the MK19 40mm automatic grenade launcher, the AT4 anti-tank rocket, and the Carl Gustav 120mm recoilless rifle. These large weapons are some of the most exciting for the Soldier to shoot, especially because of their effects on a target. 

The explosive weapons systems will employ simulation rounds such as chalk, flash, or reduced caliber training rounds. If your Soldier is lucky, however, they will be chosen as one of the select individuals who fire the full power explosive munitions in the final demonstration. Every graduate of Infantry OSUT remembers this experience fondly, especially if they had the privilege of during the shot. 

LETTERS FROM HOME = MORALE

This week in your Letter be sure to ask your Soldier how they did on the Urban Operations Live Fire. I am sure they will be very excited to tell you all about their experiences with the Heavy Weaponry. It’s one of the most exciting experiences in training.  

Remember, Sandboxx letters arrive the next day with return stationery, a pre-addressed envelope, the return postage paid, photos, and an option to add a gift card. But if you don’t have the time to write as often as you’d like, consider selecting the Daily Drive as a letter add-on, this way your Soldier will receive daily mail to encourage them throughout the remaining weeks of their journey.  

THE MAKING OF YOUR SOLDIER

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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)