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

Basic Training consists of ten weeks. During the first through third weeks, recruits become acclimated to the environment and develop teamwork skills. Weeks four through five include marksmanship training. Finally, during the sixth through ninth weeks, they take weapons training and participate in a Night Infiltration Course, a 10-kilometer foot march and a 15-kilometer foot march.

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