Training and Schools
Upon acceptance into the unit, soldiers complete an orientation and then Initial Entry Training (IET).
Once assigned to a squad, new soldiers then enter "One Station Unit Training" (OSUT). OSUT comprises 5 phases, Red Phase, White Phase, Blue Phase, Black Phase, and Gold Phase.
For Armed Assault (Arma) soldiers, Red and White phases are completed during Basic Combat Training (BCT) while Blue, Black, and Gold Phases are completed during Advanced Individual Training (AIT).
For Americas Army Proving Grounds (AAPG) and Insurgency soldiers, all phases are completed during BCT.
Basic Combat Training is the second portion of One Station Unit Training (OSUT), followed and completed by Advanced Individual Training. The purpose of BCT is to prepare all soldiers to serve as an entry level soldier within their game and MOS.
Although Basic Combat Training gives soldiers the basics to successfully serve within the unit, Advanced Individual Training is designed to prepare soldiers to perform specialised functions for their game and MOS. All Arma Infantry soldiers are required to attend AIT. Any soldiers inducted into the unit to fill a specific MOS such as 19D, 68W, 153A, 15 Series, 25C, 13F would recieve their specific training here. (Although these MOS are currently only available as promotion from within.)
The combat medic specialist is primarily responsible for providing emergency medical treatment at point of wounding on the battlefield, limited primary care, and health protection and evacuation from a point of injury or illness.
The 68W serves as a Platoon Level or higher medic. They are also responsible for providing basic medal training to the Combat Life Savers within their platoon.
The 68W pipeline begins with induction as an 11B, selection and proven success as a CLS, then selection for the 68W training course.
Our Air Assault course is developed in house by 1SG E.Gilmore who earned his Air Assault Badge during his US Army service. We conduct Air Assault generally once a quarter, although may add more schools as needed in preparation for upcoming missions. We also open this course to other units.
The Expert Field Medical Badge course is designed to put our CLS and Medics to the test. Although there is some training involved, the course is mostly a qualification event to show that our medical personnel are able to provide the highest level care during combat. Candidates complete a written test, M4 Marksmanship qualification test, demonstrate land navigation proficiency, movement under fire, TCCC patient assessment, patient extraction and evacuation techniques, bleeding control, triage, basic and advanced treatments, radio communications, and LZ establishment.
Like the EFMB course, the Expert Infantryman Course is mostly a qualification event. Soldiers are tested and expected to demonstrate proficiency in all warrior tasks. Soldiers are tested on land navigation, weapons qualifications, call for fire, basic first aid, battle drills, map reading, range estimation among others. Reference
Aviation school is for those soldiers who seek to become a Brawlers Aviator. The school lasts 6 weeks and ends with a final written, apptitude, and SERE test. Candidates are transferred into the 3rd CAB roster.
- Basic aviation knowledge and motivation to learn.
- Passed pre-enrollement flight test.
- Completion of BCT and permission of current chain of command.
Long Range Precision course is the training and qualification course for our Designated Marksmen. The designated marksman is a secondary MOS/role that soldiers can fill according to mission requirements. The weapon used is the MK11 DMR rifle. The course consists of range estimation, target detection, ballistics, night shooting, unknown distance qualification, and alternate shooting positions.
Although we are an Infantry Unit, we do occasionally conduct advanced Ranger Missions. Ranger school is conducted by or in conjuction with the 173rd Airborne Unit.
Warrior Leader's Course (Basic Leader Course) is the first leadership course Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) attend. WLC is a 2 day course that teaches Specialists and Corporals the basic skills to lead small groups of soldiers. This course is an out of game training environment conducted through powerpoint and discussions sessions. Topics covered include conflict resolution, developing subordinates, building effective teams, and leadership fundamentals.
This course focuses on leadership and technical skills required to prepare soldiers selected for promotion to Staff Sergeant to effectively lead squad and platoon sized units. The ALC consists of a 2 day program that covers Army Leadership, Military Decisions Making Process, After Action Review, Leadership Principles, Battlemind, and other discussion topics.
The First Sergeant School/Academy is an on the job training course for soldiers selected to fill the First Sergeant position of a Company. The First Sergeant is trained, observed, and evaluated on unit administration, communication skills, subordinate discipline and morale, logistics and maintenance, personnel management, soldier training, and tactical operations.
Officer Candidate School is the an on the job training course for those soldiers selected to fill officer roles within the unit. All officers come from within our enlisted ranks, generally Sergeant and above. Officer Candidate School is 4 to 8 week program where candidates are mentored and evaluated by fellow officers.