What is it like to do basic training at Fort Sill?


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Before beginning basic training at Fort Sill, soldiers spend about a week in the reception process, assigned to the 95th Adjutant General Battalion. Reception focuses on the transition from civilian life to life in the army and includes the military haircut and physical assessments. The next 10 weeks of basic combat training include basic training and testing to U.S. Army standards in the areas of rifle marksmanship, physical fitness and basic soldiering skills.

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Initial classroom instruction includes rules, regulations and processes. Recruits are in the field by week two, during which their physical and psychological endurance are tested, and they receive training in first aid and map reading. Combat drills begin in week three, and recruits begin their training in proper use and maintenance of a rifle by week four. Trainees hit the trail in week five, completing tests in endurance and markmanship. Week six focuses on team building and trust exercises before recruits move into live fire exercises, hand grenade training and marching, which are part of the seventh week's focus on confidence.

In week eight, recruits participate in a seven-day exercise that requires application of everything they've learned. Weeks nine and 10 involve preparation for final inspection and graduation.

Recruits are given an opportunity to contact family within the first 72 hours of the reception process. Though visits are discouraged during basic training, contact by telephone and mail are allowed. Family and friends are invited to visit on family day and are encouraged to attend graduation.

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