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Basic Training: Red, White and Blue

Army recruits must pass the three phases of Basic Training. Each phase is named after a color of the American flag.

 

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Army recruits must pass the three phases of Basic Training. Each phase is named after a color of the American flag, and recruits gain more responsibilities as they go.

In the Red phase, recruits receive uniforms and haircuts, and they start their physical training through obstacle courses and hand-to-hand combat exercises. In the White phase, recruits begin Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) with the M16 rifle. In the Blue phase, recruits have the opportunity to apply their skills in a Night Infiltration Course and a Tactical Foot March.

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Army National Guard recruits learn how to fire automatic weapons during the later stages of Basic Combat Training (BCT).

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An All-Around Workout

An All-Around Workout

During Army Basic Training, recruits develop endurance, strength and flexibility.

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Mastering the Basics

Mastering the Basics

Army National Guard recruits crawl, climb, pull and jump their way through an obstacle course during Basic Combat Training (BCT).

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Rappelling Recruits

Rappelling Recruits

A drill sergeant shows recruits how to attach a belay harness so they can begin rappelling.

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Getting in Shape

Getting in Shape

Physical fitness is crucial in combat, so Basic Combat Training (BCT) involves a rigorous exercise program.

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On the March

On the March

An Army National Guard recruit marches during Basic Combat Training (BCT). The final stages of Basic Training involve two tactical foot marches, one 10 kilometers and one 15 kilometers.

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Dressed to Sweat

Dressed to Sweat

Recruits pick up their uniforms at Basic Training. They also receive Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) and PT (Physical Training) uniforms.

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Pugil Stick Battle

Pugil Stick Battle

Army National Guard recruits fight with pugil sticks during Basic Combat Training (BCT).

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Knee Deep

Knee Deep

A recruit moves through water during a Basic Training obstacle course.

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Ready, Aim, Fire

Ready, Aim, Fire

An Army National Guard recruit learns how to fire his rifle and protect himself during a Basic Combat Training (BCT) exercise.

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Who Needs a Front Door?

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An Army National Guard recruit trains for an urban mission during a Basic Combat Training (BCT) exercise.

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A Sense of Achievement

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Recent graduates of Basic Training look back on their experiences.

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On the Ropes

On the Ropes

Recruits participate in a ropes course, which helps them develop agility that can be useful in a combat situation.

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