Infantryman (11X)

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.

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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.