The Forge is a grueling, 96-hour, cumulative training exercise that puts week-seven trainees in a patrol base as they encounter a multitude of combat and logistical scenarios. During this time, trainees will be forged in the furnace of shared hardship and tough training. There will be multiple road marches, a tough night infiltration course, a combat resupply event, a casualty evacuation drill, a pugil sticks competition and the reflexive fire range. Over the four days of events, the trainees navigate about 46 miles.
The Forge emphasizes battle drills, tactical operations and numerous foot patrols. The Forge replaces the 20-year-old Field Training Exercise 3, which had trainees working at a forward operating base, or behind the wire.
The Forge is the culminating event in Basic Combat Training, and in order to become a Soldier, all trainees must complete and pass the entire evaluation. The Forge is the final event designed to see who has what it takes, and all trainees must complete the Forge. At the end of the Forge, trainees participate in the Soldier Ceremony. This is the moment when the legacy is handed down, they earn the title “Soldier” and the newest Soldiers put on their berets for the first time in Basic Combat Training.
OVERCOMING TRAINEES FINAL CHALLENGES
The final phase of Basic Combat Training builds on everything trainees have learned so far and will serve as their final Soldier Ceremony from civilian to Soldier.
During this phase, trainees continue learning advanced marksmanship and maneuvering techniques, including engaging targets as part of a team, convoy operations, and identifying and disabling improvised explosive devices. They train on advanced weapons and learn how to throw live grenades.
As part of their final challenges, trainees embark on a multiple-day course to test their survival, fitness, and Soldier skills.
At the end of the phase, and after trainees have passed all of their challenges, they will be qualified to wear the Army Beret as a fully qualified Army Soldier.
After becoming familiar with the use of automatic weapons and hand grenades in Weapons Training, trainees put their training to the test as they negotiate the Night Infiltration Course. After passing all their tests and challenges, they congregate for Rites of Passage.
Infantry Squad Battle Course
In the Infantry Squad Battle Course, a squad of 12-15 trainees on patrol encounter indirect small arms fire. During the attack, the squad suffers casualties that have to be moved to a landing zone for an air medical evacuation, which they call in.
The Soldiers will be going through urban combat scenarios. Some platoons set up as opposing forces and they will provide resistance as squads navigate through Liberty City. Their objective is to capture or kill an HVT (high value target), and of course the HVT will have security and body guards, so the Soldiers’ mission is to neutralize the bodyguards as best they can, and then capture or kill the HVT.
Hand to Hand
The Army Combatives Program enhances unit combat readiness by building trainees’ personal courage, confidence, and resiliency as well as their situational responsiveness to close quarters threats in the operational environment.
Basic hand to hand combat training stresses simple aggressive tactics with which to subdue an opponent. It consists of various kicks, blows, takedowns, counters and other movements used to disable or kill an opponent.
Trainees are instructed by skilled combatives certified cadre members that train them through hours of training under simulated combat conditions.
Fight strategies in combatives have three key stages: close the distance, gain dominant position and finish the fight. Training starts with ground grappling to teach the basics then move onto more difficult standing techniques. Trainees learn a range of defensive escape techniques to help them get into a dominant position in a close combat fight; they then learn offensive skills.