Beginning July 1, 2010, soldiers in Army basic training will undergo a different kind of basic training. Check out these changes.
1. Basic training is now ten weeks instead of nine.
2. The rifle marksmanship portion of basic is extended with more time on the range and more bullets fired.
3. Soldiers now undergo 22 hours of combatives training and are learning to fight from their feet instead of the more traditional wrestling type fighting on the ground.
4. More up-to-date medical training is taught and learning the IV stick has now been eliminated.
5. Physical training is being changed with less emphasis on push-ups, sit-ups and long distance running. Focus is being placed on conditioning muscles that would be used to carry heavy equipment in a combat situation or pulling a buddy out of harm’s way.
6. The bayonet assault course is a thing of the past and is being replaced with more pugil and combatives training.
7. More focus on Army standards and values.
8. Physical therapist and athletic trainers will participate in initial training to help soldiers achieve higher fitness levels while avoiding injury. More focus will also be put on nutritional requirements.
What do you think about all of these changes? We’d love to hear from Army soldiers or Army spouses who have undergone the new changes at basic training. From our point of view, it sounds like a good thing (minus the extra week away!). There seems to be more specific training and it seems to be changing with the needs of the environment that we’re being presented with in deployment situations overseas.
We’d love to hear your thoughts – leave us a comment!