Fort Moore | Infantry OSUT

Hooah! Welcome back! I have some great news. We are almost there, graduation will be next week and you will be reunited with your Soldier! Get your tissues ready, next week’s emotions will be unbelievable.  

WEEK TWENTY ONE EXPECTATIONS: GOLD PHASE 

This week your Soldier will be able to recharge and reset after a challenging and exhausting week in the field. While they have successfully completed all of their requirements for graduation, they still have quite a bit of stress in their daily activities. They are rapidly preparing for their next Army mission that will follow after next week’s graduation. Their next mission might be another school, going home for leave, or transitioning to their first duty station.

RECOVERY

For the majority of this week your Soldier will spend their time servicing their weapons and equipment while turning in all the equipment they were issued for their time in Infantry OSUT Training. They will be cleaning things like their helmet, canteen, weapon, and any other equipment that was used during their OSUT experience.  

They will also focus on getting the barracks ready for the next incoming class. This is a tedious process and the Drill Sergeants will ensure that the barracks are in pristine condition prior to their departure. They will have a final inspection of their Army Green Service Uniform (AGSU) that they will wear for their Graduation.

While your Soldier is fully engaged in their cleaning and preparation to graduate, they will be routinely tested and inspected by the Company and Battalion Leadership. These inspections will focus on attention to detail and will serve as an evaluation for how successful their Drill Sergeants transformed them during their time at Fort Moore.

One of the most exciting parts of this week is practicing for their impending Turning Blue and Infantry OSUT Graduation Ceremony. This is what they have been working for since their arrival at Fort Moore, GA. The realization that they have finally achieved their goal is very exciting. They are getting more and more excited every day to finally see their family and show you the transformation they have made.

LETTERS FROM HOME = MORALE

In your letter this week, ask your Soldier how they did on their inspection, what they are most proud of and tell them what you’re looking forward to most at graduation next week. ONE WEEK TO GO! We can’t begin to imagine how excited you must be to see your new Soldier for the first time, and will be back with more updates as you prepare to leave for graduation.

If you can’t make it to graduation, there is still time to send your Soldier a final letter congratulating them on this incredible accomplishment, plus you can include a gift card to the Exchange as a last minute graduation gift.

THE MAKING OF YOUR SOLDIER

Stay tuned for more insights into Graduation Week 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)