Initial entry trainees arrive at Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, on Fort Benning, Ga., on July 13, 2018, for the first day of the 22-week pilot program for One Station Unit Training for infantry soldiers.  PATRICK A. ALBRIGHT/U.S. ARMY
Initial entry trainees arrive at Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, on Fort Benning, Ga., on July 13, 2018, for the first day of the 22-week pilot program for One Station Unit Training for infantry soldiers. PATRICK A. ALBRIGHT/U.S. ARMY

Army approves more basic infantry training, will also extend training for armor, cavalry recruits

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Army has added eight weeks to its initial entrance training program for infantry recruits, and later this year the service will test extending such training programs for future armor and cavalry soldiers as well, Army Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday.

Esper has signed off on the Army’s extension of infantry One Station Unit Training from 14 to 22 weeks after some 400 soldiers last month completed the service’s test run of the extended basic training program, he told reporters at the Pentagon. In the fall, the Army will also extend One Station Unit Training for armor and cavalry recruits. Training for combat engineer and artillery recruits is also likely to be extended on a trial basis after those pilot programs are completed, the Army secretary said.

The protracted infantry training pilot program was an overwhelming success, Esper said. Recruits who went through the 22-week program posted higher fitness scores on average than their peers in the 14-week program. Additionally, their dropout rate was less than 6 percent, compared to a typical attrition rate of about 12 percent in the shorter training program, according to the Army.

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