What Is Basic Training Like at Fort Leonard Wood?

U.S. Army recruits at Fort Leonard Wood develop physical and team skills, learn military defense and build marksmanship skills during 10 weeks of basic training. Other activities include learning night operations and the Army's core values.

Upon arrival, recruits receive haircuts and uniforms. Recruits also receive medical and physical evaluations before they start basic training.

During the first three-week period, known as the Red Phase, recruits begin physical training and rappelling, and they learn about nuclear, biological and chemical defense, as well as landmine defense. Recruits also learn about the Seven Army Core Values to develop faithfulness to the country, Army and fellow recruits.

Recruits during the three-week White Phase begin marksmanship and combat training, and they develop situational skills. These skills include how soldiers engage an opponent in combat.

The final weeks form the Blue Phase. Recruits begin to work with hand grenades and automatic weapons. They further develop physical skills through 6- and 9-mile marches and the Night Infiltration Course.

Recruits who successfully complete basic training are honored with a graduation ceremony that marks their transition from civilians to soldiers. New soldiers begin advanced individual training that focuses on their jobs, known as Military Operational Specialties. Advanced training lasts from three weeks to 20 months.

Fort Leonard Wood is located in the southern region of Missouri in Pulaski County.