Infantry Magazine. Volume 107, Number 4, October-December 2018
Journal Article - Open Access
ARMY INFANTRY SCHOOL FORT BENNING GA FORT BENNING United States
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The pilot class for the 22-week Infantry One Station Unit Training OSUT graduated on 7 December at the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, GA. The pilot program resulted in significantly fewer Soldiers leaving the class less than 6-percent attrition compared to 10-12 percent for the 14-week Infantry OSUT. This pilot, which began 13 July, expanded Infantry-specific training to bolster readiness, lethality, and proficiency before Soldiers arrive at their first duty station. The pilot program accomplished this by expanding weapons training, increasing Soldiers vehicle-platform familiarization and combatives training, adding a 40-hour combat-lifesaver course, increasing land navigation, and adding a combat water survivability test. At the graduation, MSG Retired Leroy A. Petry, a Medal of Honor recipient who served with the 75th Ranger Regiment, served as the distinguished speaker. The extra time and effort that was demanded of you may have been difficult, but I look at you as the lucky ones for doing the 22-week course, he said during his remarks. You have a better starting point than anyone before you, including myself. The skills that you learned in the heat and the dirt and the mud and the woods and the cold and the tireless nights and the early mornings and the physical training and weapons training were... to prepare you to be your best, to be resilient, to be more successful.
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