WELCOME TO BASIC
You’re ready to start becoming a Soldier. In 10 weeks, you’ll be physically and mentally stronger than you’ve ever been, and ready to join the team that protects America.
Most recruits are curious about Basic Combat Training (BCT). What is it like? What should I bring? How can I prepare? Along with support from your friends and family, you’ll need to set your personal affairs in order and bring only approved personal items. We’ll take care of the rest.
Prepare for Basic Combat Training
BCT Packing List
Known as Week Zero, this first step will set you up to succeed in BCT. During Week Zero, you’ll process all paperwork, get your uniform and get a preview of BCT.
Reception Battalion Schedule
BASIC COMBAT TRAINING
This 10-week sprint puts you on the road to greatness. You'll meet your drill sergeant and learn the skills it takes to become a Soldier.
Basic Combat Training Schedule
ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the ACFT is the Army's only physical fitness test of record. All Soldiers are challenged to pass ACFT 2.0 at the Gold Standard. Soldiers may temporarily utilize the "plank" exercise in lieu of the Leg-Tuck to assist in transitioning to the full test. No adverse administrative actions will be taken against a Soldier for failing the ACFT and a Soldier's score or comments on performance will not be used administratively during the data collection period.
About the Army Physical Fitness Test
ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL TRAINING
After BCT, your life in the military begins. Advanced Individual Training (AIT) will teach you what you need to know to do your specific job (also called your Military Occupational Specialty or MOS).
About Advanced Individual Training
BASIC TRAINING GUIDE
Basic Training will teach you the skills you need in the Army National Guard, and with this guide, you'll show up prepared on Day 1.
About the Basic Training Guide