Drill Sergeant
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U.S. Army Recruits deserve to learn from the best during BCT. That's why select Non-Commissioned Officers go through intense training to become Drill Sergeants.

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A U.S. Army Drill Sergeant eagerly watches as the buses transporting new Soldiers-in-training arrives.

How long is Basic Combat Training?

Basic Combat Training is a ten week journey, broken up into three main phases. Upon completion of the three phases, recruits who complete Basic Training go on to graduation.

Where is Basic Combat Training Located?

See our interactive map to see all basic training locations.

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New Soldiers meeting their Drill Sergeants.


Learn about what to bring and what not to bring to Basic Combat Training. You can also find a list of what not to bring and watch videos of Soldiers who already went through training.

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Soldier climbing across a rope.

Red Phase

Upon the completion of Reception Week, recruits begin training and participating in field exercises while learning the importance of teamwork.

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Soldier firing an M-4.

White Phase

Through marksmanship training and rappelling exercises recruits learn new skills and develop the confidence it takes to become a Soldier.

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Soldiers reviewing a map.

Blue Phase

Soldiers continue with their weapon training and participate in the Night Infiltration Course, which prepares them for the next stage of training.

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Soldiers in formation.

Basic Training Graduation

After completing Basic Combat Training, Soldiers embark on Advanced Individual Training (AIT).

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