After your soldier graduates from Basic Combat Training, the next stop on his journey will be AIT, or Advanced Individual Training. This is where your new soldier will learn his specific job in the Army. These schools take place at posts across the country and can last anywhere from a couple of week up to over a year, and doesn’t always take place where your soldier graduated BCT.
AIT can include a combination of classroom instruction, hands-on training and field exercises, all depending on the job he has selected. AIT varies widely from MOS to MOS, so there’s no streamlined, one-fits-all experience, but there are a few things you can expect during this phase.
- You soldier will probably have access to his cell phone while not in class or in formation.
- AIT is more relaxed than BCT, but there are still strict expectations.
- Overall, soldiers will have more free time in AIT, but much of this time may be used to study or for other duties or responsibilities.
If your soldier signed a contract for the 11B MOS, or infantry, he will attend OSUT, or One Station Unit Training. Here, BCT and AIT are combined into one training, taking place over the course of about 14 weeks. At OSUT, there’s no real distinction between basic training and job training- your SIT will not have a graduation specifically for basic training. Instead, there will be a graduation at the very end of training where you’ll be able to see your fully-fledged Infantry soldier.
The Army website reads:
Infantry Soldiers use small arms, anti-armor or indirect fire weapons during combat missions. Your Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training will be combined into one school called One Station Unit Training (OSUT). This training is general held in Fort Benning, Ga.
During Infantry School, you will learn the following skills:
- Weapons Operation and Maintenance
- Vehicle Operation and Maintenance
- Land Reconnaissance
- Map Reading and Navigation
- Minefield Safety
- Communications Equipment Operation
- Preparing Fighting Positions
- Constructing Barriers
If you’d like to learn more about the various schools the Army utilizes to train soldiers, click here.