Iowa National Guard - Basic Training
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of ten weeks, these recruits learn about the seven Core Army Values, how to work together as a team and what it takes to succeed as a Soldier in the U.S. Army.
The Army wants every Warrior to be physically and mentally tough. Basic Training is designed to help our Warriors meet the Army's rigid standards. The training you will receive is divided into three distinct phases.
THREE PHASES OF BASIC TRAINING
First phase of Basic Training, includes orientation
- Warriors arrive for orientation, receive haircuts and are issued uniforms
- Basic tactical training begins followed by Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense, Landmine Defense, and rappelling at the confidence tower
- Warriors learn about Army traditions and the seven Core Army Values (Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity & Personal Courage)
- Warriors undergo the Army Physical Fitness Test (Push-ups, Sit-ups, & 2-mile Run)
Second phase of Basic Training, basic rifle marksmanship
- Tactical Foot March
- Basic Rifle Marksmanship
- Field Training Exercises
- Confidence Obstacle Course
Final phase of Basic Training, includes graduation!
- Weapons Training (Hand Grenades, Anti-Armor Rockets, Machine Guns)
- Advanced Field Training Exercises (War-Games)
- Advanced Tactical Foot March
YOU WILL HAVE AN ADVANTAGE!
Before departing for Basic Combat Training, our Warriors drill one weekend per month with a special unit, which is part of the Recruit Sustainment Program (RSP). There are six of these units located throughout Iowa. Your weekend drill will be spent with other Warriors, like yourself, who are awaiting Basic Combat Training. Together, you will learn basic soldier-skills and take regular fitness tests designed to better prepare you for Basic Training. Our Warriors have a much better success rate at Basic Training, and we attribute that to the training they receive before they depart.
Because a large number of our Warriors are still attending high school, we offer additional flexibility. You won't have to choose between participation in extracurricular activities and service in the National Guard.
Contact a Recruiter to find out more