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Army Adding 2 Months to Basic Combat Training for Deadlier 'Baseline' Infantrymen

Army Adding 2 Months to Basic Combat Training for Deadlier 'Baseline' Infantrymen by Douglas Ernst - Washington Times

Life for new recruits at Fort Benning, Georgia, is about to get a lot longer.

The U.S. Army has plans to extend Basic Combat Training for its young infantrymen by two months. The reason: Military officials want to ensure a better “baseline” infantryman arrives at each duty station.

Col. Townley Hedrick, the commandant of the Infantry School at Benning, told Military.com that extending one station unit training (OSUT) from 14 weeks to 22 weeks boils down to getting in “more reps and sets” for infantry rifle squads…

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