Fort Sill

Hooah!! Welcome back to your Week Two training update. By now you may be wondering what this word Hooah means. Let me tell you! Hooah is a universal Army term that means just about everything. It can be a simple replacement word for “Yes”, “Understood”, “I’m excited” or almost any other thing you can think of. Hooah is the universal battle cry for the United States Army and a word that you will become very familiar with in your Trainee’s new found vocabulary.  

I know these first few weeks have been difficult, but don’t worry, you will be reunited with your Trainee before you know it.  


Week two will be a very busy and exciting time for your Trainee. They have transitioned into the second of four phases in basic Combat Training, the Red Phase.  This week they  will conduct their first diagnostic Army Combat Fitness Test (ACPT), the Combat Conditioning Course, Treadwell Tower, and Medical Lanes Training. 

Basic Training Phases

Yellow Phase- Week 1

Red Phase – Weeks 2-3

White Phase – Weeks 4-6

Blue Phase – Weeks 7-10


The Combat Conditioning Course (CCC) helps instill Army values, build confidence and raise personal courage between trainees. The Combat Conditioning  Course is designed to test trainee’s endurance, stamina and willpower to boost their confidence in their ability to perform under trying conditions.

Your Trainee will navigate through several different obstacles designed to instill confidence in their ability to overcome anything in their way.  This is a very fun day as they will climb walls, ropes, and several other challenging obstacles.


Prior to the week’s end, Trainees will also get the chance to tackle the Confidence Rappel Tower also known as Treadwell Tower. The Confidence Rappel Tower is an exercise typically done early where trainees can develop the personal courage and confidence in their equipment. This gives trainees the ability to realize they can overcome just about any obstacle thrown their way. Trainees must navigate through several obstacles at extreme heights, including climbing and traversing rope ladders and bridges, and rappelling down a 50-foot wall.


At the completion of this week, your Trainee won’t quite know how to complete surgery, but they will gain a profound amount of knowledge on how to respond to injuries in a field environment. 

Medical Lane Training teaches Soldiers how to respond to injuries in the field: searching for wounds, checking for breathing and providing care before the arrival of qualified medical personnel. Simply put, Medical Lane Training saves lives.


Every letter you send to your Trainee is a significant opportunity to keep them motivated and focused on the finish line. Let them know how proud you are of their decision to serve. Also, make sure you ask them how they did on the Treadwell Tower and the Combat Conditioning Course. I am sure they will have some great stories to share with you.

Don’t forget you can include up to four photos in a Sandboxx Letter when you select the Multi Photo Add-on. 


Stay tuned for more insights into Week Three 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)