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The Springfield Model 1795. The first musket to be produced in America. Borrowing from and improving on what had come before—much like the country it was forged to protect—it’s fitting that this weapon would come to represent the Soldiers of America’s Infantry.

INTERVIEWS (Why is the legacy of Infantry so important? Why did you join? What do you love about what you do?)

The oldest branch in the Army, Infantry is home to some of the most decorated units to ever enter combat. But as warfare has evolved, so has the role of Infantry.

Whether by air, by wheel, by track, or by foot, today’s Infantry will employ a diversity of tactics and systems as they close with and destroy the nation’s enemies.

INTERVIEWS (What are some of the missions and roles assigned to Infantry? How much fun is it to train on so many different skillsets? Why are Infantrymen more than just grunts/goundpounders/etc.?)

All Infantry careers begin at Fort Benning, Georgia; as part of One Station Unit Training, Infantry Soldiers first undertake Basic Combat Training before transitioning directly into Advanced Individual Training.

These Soldiers will be introduced to all weapons used by the Infantry: the M4 carbine rifle. Grenade launcher. Squad automatic weapon. M240B machinegun. As well as grenades, mines and demolitions, and anti-tank weapons.

Infantry Soldiers train to fight on not just the traditional battlefield, but also the urban landscape; as well as environments exposed to nuclear, biological, and chemical arms.

Armored vehicles such as the Stryker and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle are incorporated to simulate real-world ops. Similarly, helicopters—so critical to force mobility—are also utilized.

Further training based on the Army's needs will be as Infantry or Indirect Fire Infantry.

INTERVIEWS (What is the difference between Infantry and Indirect Fire Infantry? For 11C, how do you balance urgency and accuracy?)

The Infantry of today does not just patrol. Fighting positions for vehicles and personnel must be constructed and camouflaged. Fortifications, barriers, and other obstacles must be built or emplaced. There will be recon missions that require Infantry support.

For Indirect Fire Infantry units, the ability to rapidly establish and fire their man-portable or vehicle-borne mortar is key. They know team members down range are depending on them to bring their firepower to the fight, and the rounds they rain down may decide the day.

INTERVIEWS (How has Infantry prepared you for you Army career, and beyond? )

For many members of the Infantry, all of this begins a pattern of continued personal growth; advanced schools such as Airborne, Pathfinder, Sniper, Ranger, and even Special Forces, may lie along that path.

INTERVIEWS (How does today’s Infantry carry on the legacy of those who came before them?)

Generation after generation, America has depended on them to be her strength in war—her deterrent in peace. They go where the fight is most fierce, shouting “Follow Me!” as they lead the way.

They are relentless.

They are always there.

They are The Infantry.

Infantryman (11X)

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Overview

The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army. It’s also the starting point for many advanced schools such as: Special Forces, Airborne School, Ranger School, Sniper School, and Pathfinder School.

Job Duties

  • Defend the country against any threat by land
  • Capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces during combat

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Enlistees attend Infantry One Station Unit Training for 14 weeks, which primarily takes place in the field, as well as the classroom.

During training, they will list their specific infantry job preferences, although assignments are determined by the needs of the Army. Upon graduation from One Station Unit Training, they are assigned to one of the following infantry specialties:

  • Infantryman (11B)
  • Indirect Fire Infantryman (11C)

Helpful Skills

  • Possess tremendous discipline and high morale
  • Readiness to accept a challenge and face danger
  • Interest in light weapons and ground tactics
  • Ability to remain calm under stressful situations

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Combat (CO) : 87

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in federal, state and local law enforcement.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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