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Dear Soldier,

Welcome to the 1-78th Field Artillery Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma -- home of the Field Artillery. Our battalion motto is "Teamwork". It is here where a Soldier learns to be a leader and to become a member of the nobles profession -- a Field Artilleryman. This mission of the battalion is to train Soldiers in Field Artillery core competencies in order to provide proficient integrators of lethal and non-lethal fires to the operational force. 1-78th Field Artillery Battalion consists of the three distinct batteries which house and trains all seven (7) Military Occupational Skills for the Field Artillery Branch.

We are looking forward to you joining our team on your arrival to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. You have an important mission to accomplish. This unit has a high operational tempo; thinkgs move fast, so get ready to hit the ground running. We need you to arrive to the unit ready to contribute, personnel actions up-to-date, MEDPROs current, and in good physical condition. Physical fitness is important; you will compete an Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) for record test within 7 days of arrival. As the "Teamwork" Battalion, we lead from the front, so expect the APFT standard to meet the Army Standard.

Fort Sill is located near Lawton, Oklahoma and is a unique post due to its geographical location and community relationship. The installation offers an array of recreational activities that you and your family members will enjoy. Economically, Fort Sill and Lawton are thriving. Affordable housing within the Lawton, Fort Sill area is abundant and those residing off-post enjoy an easy daily commute. Oklahoma City is one hour north and Dallas Fort Worth area is 3 hours to the South if you need a big city break from small life of Lawton/Fort Sill.

The Command Sergeant Major and I are confident that you will enjoy being part of our team. You should view your assignment with the battalion as challenging and rewarding. A sponsor has been assigned to you and will provide assistance in your transition to Fort Sill and reception/integration to your assigned unit.

"TEAMWORK"

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  • What does advanced individual training (AIT) consist of?

    Soldiers in AIT learn skills concerning their military occupational skill (MOS). An MOS defines a Soldier's primary skill in the Army. MOSs are: 13B - Cannoneer Crewman, 13D - Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Specialist, 13F Fire Support Specialist, 13M - Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember, 13P - Multiple Launch Rocket System Operations & Fire Direction Specialist, 13R - Field Artillery Firefinder Radar Operator, 13T - Field Artillery Surveyor/ Meteorological Crewmember. During AIT, Soldiers continue the "soldierization" process, with an increasing emphasis on individual responsibilities. MOS instructors continue to teach Soldier's military education through training on physical fitness, the Army Values, attention to detail, learning to cope with stress, and Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.


  • Where do AIT Soldiers live while training?

    Soldiers in the first two phases of AIT (Phases IV and V of initial entry training) or Soldiers who have not attained the training standard live in three-four Soldier rooms. Soldiers who attain training standards and are in training 21 weeks or longer (Phase V+) live in two Soldier rooms. Soldiers who are already MOS trained (MOS-T) and are entering AIT for an additional MOS also live in two Soldier rooms. Female Soldiers live separately from male Soldiers.


  • How long is AIT?

    Each MOS AIT course has different course lengths.

    13B CANNON CREW MEMBER - 5 WEEKS, 4 DAYS

    13D FA TACTICAL DATA SYSTEMS SPECIALIST - 7 WEEKS, 1 DAY

    13F FIRE SUPPORT SPECIALIST - 6 WEEKS

    13M MULTIPLE LAUNCH ROCKET SYSTEM CREW MEMBER - 6 WEEKS

    13P MLRS FIRE DIRECTION SPECIALIST - 6 WEEKS, 4 DAYS

    13R FA FIRE FINDER RADAR OPERATOR COURSE - 10 WEEKS

    13T SURVEYOR METEOROLOGICAL CREW MEMBER COURSE - 6 WEEKS


    If you have any questions please feel free to contact your respective unit during duty hours (0900-1700 CST).

    A Battery: (580) 442-5249 (For 13D, 13M, 13P, 13R Students)
    B Battery: (580) 558-4403(For 13F and 13T Students)
    C Battery: (580) 442-4169 (For 13B Students)


  • Can my parents pick me up after graduation?

    Yes, however if you are a National Guard or Reserve Soldier, transportation arrangements will be made for you to your home of record. Therefore you must inform the PLT Sergeant as soon as you know your parents or spouse are coming to pick you up. Travel arrangements are made 3 days prior to the Soldiers graduation; without prior notification the Soldier will be required to take government arranged transportation.

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  • Can I get a tattoo?

    TRADOC Regulation 350-6 dictates that IET recruit tattoo/brand policies apply to all Active Army, United States Army Reserve, and Army National Guard Soldiers whether non-prior service or prior service. As the" Soldierization" process continues, Soldiers gain knowledge of regulations and acceptable behaviors therefore it is strongly discourage for any Soldier in an IET status to obtain a physical marking (Branding or Tattoo) which may prohibit him/her from further military service.


  • Can I use supplement?

    No the Battalion Commanders Policy Letter #12 strictly prohibits the use of weight training or dietary supplements.


  • What is the policy for cell phones/ are they allowed?

    Yes, however the Commanders, with the advice of their platoon sergeants, determine if an IET student continues to demonstrate the maturity to use a cellular telephone, PDA, or similar device. Use of these devices is a privilege that the Soldier's Battery-level commander may deny. No cell phone use will be permitted during any time Soldiers are involved in a training event.


  • Can Soldier receive an off post pass for the weekend he graduates BCT?

    Soldiers who have family members that attend BCT graduation and will be staying in the Lawton/Fort Sill area for the weekend may be granted a pass. The pass is good for the following times and days: The day of graduation – Soldier can be signed out from 1-78 FA AIT after In Processing the Battalion and Battery is complete.

    • 8:00pm – must sign Soldier in
    • Saturday – 9:00am sign Soldier out
    • 8:00pm - must sign Soldier in
    • Sunday - 9:00am sign Soldier out
    • 3:00pm - must sign Soldier in
    Only Soldiers with immediate family members (Father, Mother, grandparents and/or Spouse) will be able to sign the Soldier out for a weekend pass following BCT graduation. Fiancées, boyfriends or girlfriends WILL NOT be permitted to sign the Soldier out. Soldiers can be signed back in at any time during the time period they are signed out.

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  • How long before the Soldier arrives from BCT will family members be able to take the Soldier on pass?

    On the day of BCT Graduation Soldiers must complete out-processing from the BCT unit, transfer all military equipment, personnel gear and documentation to the gaining unit (AIT). Upon arrival Soldiers will complete in-processing with the "Teamwork" Battalion in BLDG 4402 and be assigned to the respective Battery according to their MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). Once assigned to the subordinate Battery, Soldiers are escorted by Cadre members to various locations with their gear. Once Soldiers arrive at their respective Battery they will be required to in-process. This in-processing is lengthy and time consuming which entails issue of living space, wall locker, bed linen, introduction to the Battalion Commanders Policy letters and multiple other actions to ensure the Soldiers Safety and accountability. Family members should be prepared to wait between 1-2 hours for the Soldier to be fully in-processed into the new unit. Soldiers will be permitted to call family members once they are complete and authorized for release.


  • What is the difference between basic combat training (BCT) and advanced individual training (AIT)?

    Soldiers in AIT learn skills concerning their military occupational skill (MOS). An MOS defines a Soldier's primary skill in the Army. MOSs are: 13B - Cannoneer Crewman, 13D - Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems Specialist, 13F Fire Support Specialist, 13M - Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember, 13P - Multiple Launch Rocket System Operations & Fire Direction Specialist, 13R - Field Artillery Fire finder Radar Operator. During AIT, Soldiers continue the "soldierization" process, with an increasing emphasis on individual responsibilities. MOS instructors continue each Soldier's military education through training on, physical fitness, the Army Values, attention to detail, learning to cope with stress, and Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.


  • What are the graduation requirements for AIT?

    Soldiers must pass all of the academic requirements for his MOS, score a minimum of 60-points on each event on the Army Physical Readiness Test events, show proficiency in Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, , meet the minimum physical and mental requirements for service, and most importantly, demonstrate a willingness to live the Army Values.


  • What items should a Soldier bring to AIT?

    Soldiers in AIT Phases IV and V should bring their military issue of clothing and retained equipment, shaving and hygiene materials, towels and washcloths, and two sets of casual civilian clothing.

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  • What items should a Soldier not bring to AIT?

    Soldiers should not bring knives, guns, drugs (except authorized prescription drugs) or drug paraphernalia, martial arts weapons, pornography, possible inhalants, weight training or health supplements, alcohol, tobacco, televisions or computers (except as noted above for Phase V+ and MOS-T Soldiers), or items valued in excess of $200.


  • Do Soldiers receive passes or leave while attending AIT? Can I visit my Soldier or can my Soldier travel to visit me?

    Depending on the training schedule and a Soldier's demonstrated performance and maturity, a commander may grant leave or either an on-post or an off-post pass.Never assume that you will be able to visit a Soldier or have a Soldier visit without first discussing the Soldier's training schedule with him. Although commanders may grant both passes and leave, both are contingent on the training schedule. AIT trains on most Saturdays. Additionally, commanders may grant leave for emergencies. You should contact the American Red Cross when such an emergency exists. Although the American Red Cross does not grant leave, the message they provide allows the commander to make decisions based on the nature of the emergency. Finally, when Soldier's graduate from AIT and do not have a scheduled follow-on course, each may take up to 10 days of leave before reporting to his U.S-based assignment or 14 days leave for assignments overseas or in Alaska or Hawaii.


  • How will I communicate with my family and how will they communicate with me while I am attending AIT?

    Two-way communication between families and Soldiers exists through various methods. The U.S. Postal Service and similar mail delivery services deliver both letters and packages Monday - Friday of each week (not including Federal Holidays). Each Soldier, when not in class or other training, is authorized access to the internet within local restrictions. The Army's "portal", known as Army Knowledge Online (AKO) is the primary means of internet communication for Soldiers throughout the world. All Soldiers should forward their .com email address to their AKO email address, as local restrictions prevent Soldiers from accessing .com email sites using U.S. Army computers. In addition, commanders may authorize Soldiers demonstrating maturity and meeting the training standard the use of cellular telephones when they are not actively training.

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  • Can I bring a spouse, fiancé, friend with me to live in Lawton while I'm in training?

    NO. The Army does not authorize Soldiers in the first two phases of AIT (Phase IV and V) accompanied travel.


  • Where can I find information about AIT graduation?

    Your Solider is the best source of information concerning his or her graduation, travel and leave plans, and follow-on assignments. Additionally, each battery web page lists a telephone number that you may call for the latest information concerning graduations.

Lodging

For Lodging information please select the link below to the Lawton Fort sill Chamber of Commerce. Ensure you make reservations, because it is expected to be crowded this time of year.

IHG Army Hotels

Lawton / Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce: Lodging

Airports

When making flight reservations, please keep in mind travel time to the airports (approximately 1.5 hours to Oklahoma City, and 20 minutes to Lawton Regional Airport), as well as additional time for the heightened security checks and airline check-in (approximately 1 hour at Oklahoma City / Will Rogers World Airport and 1 hour at Lawton Regional Airport). Please also note that you will encounter $3.25 in highway tolls when traveling on I44 (one way) from Oklahoma City. Please contact us with any questions about the above mentioned information or any questions you may have. Travel Safe!


Will Rodgers Airport - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

www.flyokc.com

405-680-3200

Lawton - Ft. Sill Regional Airport - Lawton, Oklahoma

www.flylawton.org

580-353-4869

American Airlines - LAW/OKC

www.aa.com

580-355-0330

SouthWest Airlines - OKC only

www.southwest.com

800-435-9792

Delta Airlines - OKC only

www.delta.com

800-221-1212

Continental Airlines - OKC only

www.continental.com

800-523-3273



Car Rental

The following commercial accommodations are all within 15 minutes of the Fort Sill Military Reservation. Ensure you make reservations, because it is expected to be crowded this time of year.


Hertz Rental

www.hertz.com

580-355-6789

Budget Rental

www.budget.com

580-353-1417

Enterprise Rental

www.enterprise.com

580-355-0330

Yellow Cab

580-355-1440

Busy Bee Cab

580-355-7777

Checker Cab

580-355-5555


Additional Cabs / Transportaion in Lawton here:Transportation in Lawton, Oklahoma

Course Description
13B Cannon Crewmember(5 weeks, 4 days)
13D Fire Control Systems Specialist(7 weeks, 1 day)
13F Fire Support Specialist(6 weeks)
13M Multiple Launch Rocket System Crewmember(6 weeks)
13P MLRS Automated Tactical Data System Specialist(6 weeks, 4 days)
13R Fire Finder Radar Operator(10 weeks)
13T Field Artillery Meteorological / Survey Crewmember(10 weeks, 1 day)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact your respective unit during duty hours (0900-1700 CST).

  • A Battery: (580) 442-5249 (For 13D, 13M, 13P, 13R Students)
  • B Battery: (580) 558-1885 (For 13F and 13T Students)
  • C Battery: (580) 442-4169 (For 13B Students)
1/78TH FIELD ARTILLERY POINTS OF CONTACT
National Guard

(580) 442-8576

Staff Duty

(580) 442-6480