posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 06:25 PM
Originally posted by Jalbrook
Don't women go through the same exact boot camp and basic training? If they are already rucking with 40+ lbs over rough terrain for that, why are they
suddenly going to become unable to do so when overseas?!
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is not to be confused with Advanced Individual Training.
All Soldiers (speaking about the Army only here) attend the same exact course for BCT if they are to go into a non-combat arms MOS. It is rudimentary
in nature and, well, basic - it will not make you an infantryman.
However, one must understand that there is also One Station Unit Training which is conducted for several branches of combat arms that do have varied
degrees of difficulty. This is when BCT and AIT are conducted while in the same unit with the same cadre rather than having the Soldiers move from
BCT to AIT physically. This is primarily done for Infantry Training. At some point in AIT the Soldiers are separated into Light, Mechanized and Heavy
weapons categories for special emphasis.
At Ft Benning some cycles are filled with Soldiers headed to Ranger Selection/Airborne School and therefore have higher standards of difficulty than
BCT say Ft Jackson and other places.
One cannot compare graduation from BCT at Ft. Jackson with graduation from BCT at Ft. Benning - one is distinctly harder.
Neither can one compare the ability to succeed in BCT with the ability to pass Infantry AIT. The two separate levels of training require different
abilities. Yes in Infantry AIT you will carry a combat load (80lbs and up) and do more physical things than BCT.
The attrition rate used to be fairly high; when I went to BCT (1985) 1/3 of the people in our Platoon failed AIT and were sent to non-combat MOS's,
cooks, clerks etc. Our cycle were all slated for 3rd Ranger Bn though so it had a fairly high standard.
However, now they pretty much graduate everyone unless they are a total physical failure - i.e. a danger to themselves or others. This is the because
of the feel good culture shift in society.
There are always places to shuffle the 25% who are carried through - Commander's Driver, PAC, S4 and such where they will be riding more than walking.
edit on 26/1/2013 by Golf66 because: (no reason given)