US ARMY TRAINING CENTER - INFANTRY, FORT DIX

CLASS BOOK BCT COURSE

The Army billed the BCT center at Fort Dix the Home of the Ultimate Weapon. Although I'd have called it something else, the Army did attempt to provide the framework of an educational atmosphere while its drill instructors harangued recruits with personal insults and disparaging remarks about their ancestry in a technique they sincerely believed would emotionally degrade boys into soldiers. When BCT was over they laughed and said just fooling. Each of us received a class book so we wouldn't forget the WONDERFUL experience.

  

Upon graduating from BCT a certificate of training was issued for each student, ah, recruit certifying that the recipient was, indeed, an ultimate weapon and dangerous to America's enemies. The psychology of their training doctrine was almost humorous. It was like attending a high school extension course in guns, explosives, and knives: a public education in the deadly art of killing and survival, all furnished - without tuition - by our friends and neighbors and Uncle Sam.

ULTIMATE WEAPON CERTIFICATE

FUTURE ULTIMATE WEAPONS  

Several future ultimate weapons of the United States Army frolic in the comfort of the modern, dormitory style, climate controlled barracks at Fort Dix. For some of these young men in a few months these playful times would abruptly end, when rifles, grenades, and reality would replace brooms, pans and drill sergeants.

1ST ARMY PATCH
COMPANY A
THIRD "PIONEERS" BCT BRIGADE
US FIRST ARMY
"We Will!"
 

BUNK ARRANGED FOR INSPECTION

 

Although it does appear that the owner of this bunk is in need of exposure to mixed company, the bed is actually empty, having been arranged for inspection. The propped-up poncho liner defies logic. Probably some lifer's idea of STRAC.

   
BASIC COMBAT TRAINING SUBJECTS  
No.

SUBJECT

HOURS
1 Administrative Processing 24
2 Commander's Time 23
3 Proficiency Testing 4
4 Achievements and Traditions 2
5 Military Courtesy and Customs 3
6 Character Guidance 4
7 Code of Conduct 1
8 Geneva Convention 1
9 Basic Map Reading 6
10 Military Justice 3
11 Command Information 1
12 Drill and Ceremonies 34
13 Personal Hygiene 1
14 First Aid 8
15 Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Warfare 4
16 Guard Duty 4
17 Inspections 28
18 Physical Training 30
19 Orientation in Counterinsurgency Operations 1
20 Physical Contact-Confidence Training 26
21 Grenades 4
22 Individual Weapons Qualification: Basic Rifle Marksmanship Course - M-14 Rifle 83
23 Close Combat Course 4
24 Infiltration Course 3
25 Individual Tactical Training 14
26 Marches and Bivouacs 30
27 Combat Firing 4
28 Driver Education 2
 

TOTAL

352

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