The army is considering tougher basic training for the out-of-shape, undisciplined recruits

A drill-sergeant, scolds one of his recruits, the inside of the soldiers in the barracks during basic training at the Fort Sill army Post in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

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Citing a disturbing trend of new soldiers in both the appropriate discipline and physical fitness, senior U.S. army’s missing leader, calling for a harder and longer basic training-prepare the program of troops to fight in the next ten years.

“We have every reason to get this right, and also a lot less reasons”, the Secretary of the army, Mark Esper, said at the Association of the United States army global force Symposium in Alabama on Monday. “Therefore, we are considering various initiatives to reform by a new physical fitness regime and the expansion of basic education — to ensure that our young men and women are willing to fight for the tough demands of high-intensity.”

While the Esper did not reveal any details of what might look like an extended Basic Combat Training (BCT), the army, the idea of the addition of two weeks of the 10-week program hovered. A newly designed BCT is expected to be implemented at the beginning of the summer.

The current BCT involves a three-step process, the first of which is the “Red Phase”. Consisting of the first three weeks of training, it is where the recruits begin to learn, exercises and ceremonies, the seven “army core values, unarmed combat and first aid. Recruits are also introduced to the standard-issue weapons such as the M-16 assault rifle and M-4 carbine.

In Phase 2, known as the “White Phase” soldiers shooting exercises start with your guns, and acquaintance with other weapons such as grenade launchers and machine guns. The recruits also complete a timed obstacle course and learning to work with other soldiers.

The last phase, or “blue Phase”, the soldiers complete the army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), to learn night fighting and go to the 10 – and 15-kilometers-field marches. After all the tests, the recruits have to complete to pass a basic training and move on to Advanced Individual training, where you focus on specific skills in your area.

“The ultimate goal of the military is to strip a civilian of the civil status and place them in a military way of thinking,” Mike Volkin, an Iraq war veteran and author of “The Ultimate Basic training guidebook,” told Fox News. “So, if you cook the aim of the basic training, which correspond to its essence.”

A U.S. army practices to recruit to the area during a chemical weapons exercise in basic training at the Fort Sill Army Post.

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The new BCT is an additional focus on strict discipline and esprit de corps, by a stronger focus on drill and ceremony, inspections, and military history. It will also focus strongly on the important battlefield skills such as marksmanship, physical fitness, first aid and communication.

Together with the new BCT-Regime, the US army brass has a harder fight against the readiness Test is considering that would APFT in place of the current three-event with a six-event test army leaders believe better recruits for the physical challenges of the service-tasks warrior and battle drills prepared the most important skills soldiers use to help them to survive in combat.

“It’s going to be a very high value on fitness,” said Volkin. “In the history of basic training, it is always run on push-ups, sit-ups and two-mile, and that’s not a real test of fitness. This six-point test focuses more on the core strength and cardio.”

Speaking at the AUSA meeting this week, Esper, said that the challenges the U.S. military faces in the next ten years – both in the fight against terrorism, and possibly off against other large and well – trained armed forces confronted the army must also be a reversal of the 2017 drawdown. The army requested to be added 4,000 additional soldiers to the active force would move as part of the 2019 fiscal year budget, swelling the ranks to 487,000 active-duty soldiers – with the aim that half a million active duty soldiers, the combat-ready by 2028.

Pvts. Sean Christopher Welliver, left, and John Hubbard, right, drag, guy, Pvt., William Weaver (C) through an obstacle course as part of a first-aid training.

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“The challenges of 2028 and beyond, the entire army must grow,” said Esper. “A decade from now, we need an active component above 500,000 soldiers, with associated growth in the Guard and Reserve.”

But to expand the army sees its ranks, but also more and more selective, it is a solid.

Gen James McConville, the army’s Deputy chief of staff, also said the service is in view of the revision of the screening process, to better prepare the recruits for basic training and beyond.

In addition to the screening of candidates, physical fitness, before you begin, BCT, the army would ensure to screen you again at the beginning of the training, you meet the physical requirements as well as the examination of the idea of the Association of fitness professionals to two divisions.

“We put physiotherapists, we put strength coaches, we put a dietitian in the individual units, so that, when the [new] soldiers arrive there, we will continue to keep you in shape as you go forward,” said McConville. “We’re going to have to take what we have, we are going to have to promote this talent, and we will bring them in and make them better.”


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