Basic Combat Training

This 10-week, gender integrated training produces values-based, disciplined Soldiers, who are trained in basic skills, Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.


First stop to becoming part of the Army team. Soldiers receive uniforms, medical screenings, pay information, and other important equipment and information necessary to start BCT.

Hammer Phase: (weeks 1-3)

Welcome to Basic Combat Training. HOOAH! Soldiers are introduced to their drill sergeants. They are taught what it means to become a Soldier as they learn the Army Values and overcome obstacles that help build personal confidence.

Anvil Phase: (weeks 4-6)

Skill development, self-discipline, team building and continueing values training characterize the Anvil Phase. Highlights include marksmanship training, and land navigation.

Forge Phase: (weeks 7-10)

This phase concentrates on individual tactical training and increased leadership, self-discipline and teamwork. Highlights from this phase include hand grenades, 10-mile foot march, and a field training exercise.


Graduation is a special day for family members and new Soldiers. The ceremony symbolized the transition from civilian to Soldier in the U.S. Army.