Fort Moore | Infantry OSUT

Hooah!! Welcome back! Hopefully by now you have confirmed your reservations and you will be able to attend the upcoming Turning Green Ceremony. After this week, there will be only one week left of the Blue Phase.


This will be an exhausting week for your Trainee. They will embark on a 40 hour, 5 day course resulting in Basic Combatives Course certification. By now, your Trainee has definitely started to notice a distinct difference in their physical appearance and overall strength. The daily regime of physical fitness will be put on full display this week and they challenge their bodies in physical combat.


This week your Trainee will learn to use their own body as a weapon. Up until this point, they have been learning how to use the various equipment and tools provided to them. The focus of combatives is how to use your arms, legs, and even head to win a physical altercation with an opponent. They will learn how to position their bodies, apply leverage and submissions, and strike their opponents. Additionally they will learn to protect themselves against these techniques. 

After the intense week of training, they will complete a practical examination and receive a Level 1 Basic Combatives certification. While most Trainees are sore and tired, they are very appreciative of this training and the resulting confidence they feel in their ability. 


In your Letter home this week, ask them how they did in Combatives and what new insights into the physical combat sport they have developed. I know they learned a lot and are probably physically exhausted. Be sure to get your letter out to them quickly this week. Next week they will be in the field for a big training exercise known as The Forge.

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 recruit will receive daily mail to encourage them throughout their journey.  


Stay tuned for more insights into Week Nine 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 Trainee is on. Let’s keep supporting them every step of the way!

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


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