Fort Moore | Infantry OSUT

Hooah!! Week 19 is the last week before your Soldier’s 6-Day field training exercise! It’s time to put everything your Soldier has learned to the real test – the End of Cycle Test, which they are required to pass in order to graduate. 

WEEK NINETEEN EXPECTATIONS: GOLD PHASE

To start Week 19, your Soldier will take their final record Army Combat Physical Fitness Test (ACFT). They must pass the ACFT in order to graduate Infantry OSUT. This can be one of the most stressful events for your Soldier. Once they have completed the ACFT, they will finish the week with an introductory to Infantry Mounted Platforms and conduct some more Drill and Ceremonies in preparation for the impending graduation ceremony.

ARMY COMBAT FITNESS TEST

This final test will serve as a true testament to all the hard work your Soldier has put in every morning working out and running with their Drill Sergeants.

Remember there are 6 events on the ACFT: 

  • 3 Repetition Maximum DeadLift
  • Standing Power Throw
  • Hand Release Pushup
  • Sprint-Drag-Carry
  • Plank
  • 2 mile run

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. For many Soldiers, the progress they have made since their first ACFT assessment in Week 3 will be monumental.

Additionally during this week, your Soldier will complete the Eagle Run or Infantry Run. This is a 5-mile run completed within a standard time of 40 minutes. This 5-mile run is a standard for entry into many Army schoolhouses.

DRILL AND CEREMONIES

The Drill Sergeants will put everything your Soldier has learned about Drill and Ceremonies (D&C) to the test with 2 full days of evaluations. At this point you must be wondering why D&C is so important to the Army. D&C is rooted in history and dates back to the days of the Continental Army. Friedrich Wilhelm Augustus von Steuben, chiefly known in America as Baron von Steuben (1730-1794), was an officer in the Prussian Army from 1746-63 and a Major General in the Continental Army from 1778-84.

Von Stueben saw that everything was lacking in the Army except for morale. Once his inspections were complete, he set about writing his Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, commonly known as the “Blue Book”. This manual was the foundation of discipline, drill and ceremony in the U.S. Army. The manual established the military training and maneuvers that helped the Army become the premier fighting force that it is today.

MOUNTED PLATFORMS

The last block of instruction your Soldier will receive this week is on the Mounted Platforms of the U.S. Army. This is an overview and familiarization with some of the different vehicles that your Soldier will encounter throughout their career. 

These vehicles include the M1126 Stryker Combat Vehicle variants, the M2/3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) better known as the “Humvee”. Your Soldier will learn about each vehicle in a hands-on setting, followed by a demonstration ride along in each. This training prepares Soldiers to quickly integrate into any unit they arrive at in the future.

LETTERS FROM HOME = MORALE

In your letter this week, ask your Soldier how they did on their final ACFT. Be sure to send your letter early this week because they will be departing the company area to be in the field away from base for 6 days 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 Twenty 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)