When someone thinks of a Soldier, chances are they’re thinking of an infantryman. One of the hardnosed, valiant fighting men that have kept our nation safe since 1775. The infantry is known as the "Queen of Battle", for it's ability to move anywhere and defeat any foe. As an infantryman your mission is to close with and destroy the enemy through firepower and maneuver. Do you think you have what it takes?
To join the infantry, you’ll have to meet a few requirements beyond the general Army enlistment requirements:
- The MOS is currently closed to Women
- Your Combat Score on the ASVAB must be an 87 or greater
- Your Color Vision must be able to discriminate between Red and Green
- Your Vision must be correctable to 20/20 vision in one eye and 20/100 in the other
- Your Physical Profile (PULHES) must be at least 111221. (What this means is that the only acceptable physical deficiencies are of hearing and eyesight. Physical Capacity, Upper and Lower Extremities and Psychiatric must all be at the highest rating of 1)
The Infantry Military Occupational Specialty series is 11. When you enlist, you will be assigned an MOS of 11X. This means that based upon the needs of the Army, as well as your ASVAB scores, you can be assigned as either an 11B (Infantry) or 11C (Indirect Fire Infantry).
All 11Xs will attend 14 Weeks of One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, Georgia. OSUT is Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) combined into one course. Upon completion of OSUT, Soldiers will receive their infantry Blue Cord, which is a special decoration only worn by the infantry.
Following Graduation, many Soldiers will receive advanced training depending on which type of units they will be assigned to. Some of this training is located at Fort Benning Georgia as well, and includes Airborne School, Ranger School, and Indirect Fire Infantryman School (For those assigned as 11C). For other units, such as Air Assault, Mechanized and Stryker units, you will received specialized training once you arrive to your unit.
As an infantryman, you can serve in a wide variety of units. There are four different brigades that an infantryman can serve in. These are Airborne, Light (including Air Assault and Mountain), Mechanized and Stryker. There is also the specialized Ranger Regiment which recruits from among the best recruits during OSUT.
For those assigned to an airborne unit, you will attend airborne training at Fort Benning, and then be assigned to your unit. There are currently 3 locations with Airborne Forces. All 4 brigades of the 82nd Airborne Division is located at Fort Bragg, NC. The 4th Brigade/25th Infantry Division is located at Fort Richardson, AK. The 173rd Brigade Combat Team is located in Vincenza, Italy.
Stryker Units are currently located in the 2nd Infantry Division in Fort Lewis, WA; the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, HI; the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany; The 3rd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Fort Hood, TX; and the 1st BDE, 1st Armored Division in Fort Bliss, TX.
Mechanized Infantry units are equipped with the M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle. These Units are currently located with the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO; the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Hood, TX; the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, KS; The 3rd Infantry Division at both Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, GA; and the 1st BDE 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, South Korea. Soldiers assigned to these units will undergo on the job training at these locations if assigned as a vehicle crewman.
Light Infantry units are located in the 25th Infantry Division Schofield Barracks, HI; The 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO; the 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley; the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division at Fort Knox, KY; the 101st Air Assault Division at Fort Campbell, KY (Soldiers assigned here will receive training at the Air Assault School), the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, GA; and the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY.
Soldiers assigned as 11C Indirect Fire Infantrymen will serve in the same units as 11B infantrymen. Each Light, Airborne, Stryker and Cavalry Unit will have 11Cs assigned to both each Company, and each Battalion. In Mechanized units, 11Cs are assigned to the Battalion. Additional training for 11Cs will be the same, with the exception of mechanized units. In these units 11Cs will train on the M1064 mortar vehicle instead of the M3A3 their 11B counterparts will train on.
Once at your unit, you can expect to perform a wide variety of tasks. Regardless of the kind of unit you are assigned to, a new infantry Soldier can be expect to fill any of the following roles: Rifleman, Automatic Riflemen (Armed with the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon) Grenadier (Armed with the M320 or M203 Grenade Launcher) Squad Designated Marksman, Anti-Armor Specialist (Armed with the Javelin, TOW or AT-4) Machine Gunner (M240b), Assistant Machine Gunner, Ammo Bearer, Sniper (These hand selected Soldiers will be sent by the units to Fort Benning, GA to receive additional training at the U.S. Army Sniper School), Bradley/Stryker Driver, Bradley Gunner, or Radio Telephone Operator (RTO).
Once you've arrived at your unit, you will be assigned to an E-5 Team Leader as part of a Squad led by an E-6 Squad Leader. These men will teach you everything you need to know, and you'll learn to apply everything your learned at basic training into becoming part of the combat power of the unit you've joined.