US Army Infantry school is a 16 week training course that takes place on Sand Hill in Fort Benning, GA. There are only 13 weeks of actual training, one week of field ops and two weeks of recovery (recovery is not for you, it’s for your equipment and paperwork).
Your first 13 weeks are seperated into three phases: Red, white & blue. In red phase you aren’t a person and you won’t be treated like one. Just get ready for some fun and games and don’t take it personally. As you progress through the phases you get treated a little better, but don’t expect much. They like to hold you in red phase for a while to fuck with you. It’s all about building false hope, taking it away and seeing how you deal with it.
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Expect lots of sand, expect it to be all over your bay and all over your body. Expect punishment for things that you didn’t do or that wasn’t your fault. Just take it in stride, if you complain it’s going to suck more.
You train six days a week and have Sundays “off” to go to church and clean, clean, clean. It’s really not that hard: Formation, PT, chow, change cloths, load busses, spend the day at the range, go home and do punitive calisthenics, go to bed and do it again the next day.
Training consists of obstacle courses, rappelling, various marksmanship training and live fire exercises, ruck marches, thrown and underslung grenade training and so on. Usually you will do one training event a day and it will take the entire day to run the whole company through the lanes and you may only get 30-60 minutes of actual training that day. Be prepared to wait for long periods of time without falling asleep – don’t be that guy.
If you can manage that, then you get to go spend a week in the field, different companies do different exercises but the one we did was sort of a platoon versus platoon scenario. The rules were each platoon finds a spot in the woods to set up their patrol base. If you are attacked by an enemy platoon you have to pack up your base and find a new spot. This sucks because that’s time and energy you are wasting on movement and digging; time you could be resting. The goal is to exhaust the other platoons because at the end of the exercise you have a 12-15 mile ruck up and down hills carrying 50-80lbs of gear. If you fall out you don’t graduate.
It’s really not that bad, we had about a 25% attrition rate in our class but most of those were either in the beginning or due to various medical issues throughout the cycle. If you’re the type that takes things to heart and and doesn’t have thick skin you won’t last. As you learn good ways to cope with stress along the way it will be fine.
The real training starts once you get to your unit, this is just basic stuff to make sure you’re not completely clueless.