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.

 
GET READY
Most recruits are curious about Basic Combat Training (BCT). What is it like? What should I bring? How can I prepare? Along with the 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


RECEPTION BATTALION
Known as Week Zero, this will set you up to succeed in BCT. You’ll process all paperwork, get your uniform and get a preview of BCT.

Reception Battailion Schedule
 

BASIC COMBAT TRAINING
This 10-week sprint puts you on the road to greatness. Meet your drill sergeant and learn the skills it takes to become a Soldier.

Basic Combat Training Schedule


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 Millitary Occupational Specialty or MOS).

About Advanced Individual Training
 

ARMY PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST
You’ll be required to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) in order to graduate from BCT. Fitness is of critical importance in the Army, and only those who are in the best shape go further in their careers.

About the Army Physical Fitness Test