Ten Week Journey
434th Field Artillery Brigade
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a ten-week training course (not including the "Reception" week) where recruits go-through the process of becoming full- fledged Soldiers. Throughout the process the soldiers will learn new rules, learn to trust themself and understand what it means to be a Soldier in the U.S. Army.
Basic combat training is the first step toward a very challenging and rewarding experience in service to the Nation under war against world terriorism. The purpose of BCT is to transform young American volunteers into disciplined, motivated, physically fit Soldiers who believe in teamwork and espouse the Army's seven core values. This is accomplished through extensive training and successful testing to Army standards in rifle marksmanship, physical fitness and basic Soldier skills. Soldiers also learn about the values, principles and spirit that makes them proud to wear the uniform of their country.
This is where your civilian life becomes part of the Army world — from bidding farewell to family to getting your Army haircut to making sure you're physically fit
Once Reception Week completes, it's now time to understand new rules, regulations and processes involved in being in the Army. Classroom instruction begins.
Leaving the classroom for the field, it's time to test your physical and mental endurance, and also get trained in First Aid and map reading.
One thing you'll realize in Week 03 is to believe in the mantra: mind over matter. Physical and mental challenges build as you start simulated combat drills
Learning to shoot a rifle is more than pulling the trigger. Marksmanship courses teach new recruits not only the proper way to hold a weapon, but also how to breathe and stand while firing are equally important.
This is where the previous weeks' work pays off: tests in endurance and marksmanship await all recruits.
Each recruit is only as strong as his platoon. During Week 06, bonds are tested and trust exercises implemented.
Critical to each Soldier's Journey is the application of training. Week 7 helps validate the confidence each Soldier gains in the previous weeks of training. From hand to hand fighting to navigating obstacle courses and moving under direct Fire. Soldiers will learn to trust their equipment, their battle buddies and their courage to accomplish the mission.
It's time to put everything you've learned up to this point to the real test: a seven-day exercise.
You will put on your Class A uniform and get ready for final inspections. It is a proud occasion for you and your family.
All your hard work has led you to this day. Family and friends eagerly await to see you complete your Basic Training course.