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4-9. Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills


The Army has identified various basic Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills (WTBDs) that all Soldiers are required to train in order to succeed on the battlefield. These WTBDs are taught in basic combat training and cover critical skills associated with the ability to shoot, move, communicate, survive, and adapt.

While in the Reception Battalion, you received a copy of the Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks, Warrior Skills Level 1 (STP-21-1-SMCT). This manual covers all of the WTBDs you are required to know.



Shoot: You will become proficient with your weapon and learn how to maintain, employ, and engage targets as well as how to properly handle and employ hand grenades.

Move: You will learn how to move tactically on the ground by practicing individual movement techniques. You will learn how to navigate from one point to another and how to move under fire.

Communicate: Communication training focuses on using modern technology to convey information effectively. You will learn equipment and procedures to become a more technically savvy Soldier and an effective communicator.

Survive: Experience in handling the pressures of modern warfare is critical for Soldier survival. Practice in survival tasks helps you to react properly to hostile fire, enemy threats, and to maintain situational awareness.

Adapt: Soldiers must be able to adapt to any situation.

  • Assess and Respond to Threats (Escalation of Force)

  • Adapt to changing operational environments

  • Grow professionally and personally (Build Resilience)


Battle Drills: A battle drill is a collective action performed by a platoon, squad or team that requires no planning, but is conducted as routine action when events dictate a response.

4-10. BCT Graduation Requirements


You must successfully accomplish the following requirements to graduate from Basic Combat Training…

    • Complete the Army physical fitness test (APFT) by scoring at least 50 points in each event.

In order to graduate from OSUT/AIT you must score at least 60 points in each event. [Goal is to achieve 80 points or higher for your age/gender.]

  • Safely handle, provide proper maintenance, zero and qualify with your individual weapon.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the wear of the chemical protective mask.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic First Aid techniques.

  • Complete the obstacle and confidence courses.

  • Complete combatives training.

  • Throw live hand grenade.

  • Complete all tactical foot marches.

  • Complete the tactical field training and/ or situational training exercises (FTXs/STXs).

4-11. AIT/OSUT


In AIT and the final phases of OSUT, you will be trained in your selected MOS (job training) and continue the physical conditioning required for you to excel in your future unit.

During the Black and Gold phases, you will receive classroom instructions, hands-on training, and field training to enable you to become a valued team member as you transfer to your first unit of assignment.



Black Phase. The Black Phase or sometimes referred to as “Phase IV” is the first phase of comprehensive MOS training that occurs during weeks 10-13 of OSUT and the initial start of AIT.

This phase will begin to develop your skills in your Army specialty through hands-on training, classroom instruction, and opportunities to apply those skills during various training exercises.

During Personal Financial Management Training, you will receive 8 hours of specialized training in how to handle your finances. Upon completion of the finance training, you will be issued a certificate. Ensure you take this certificate to your first unit of assignment, or you will be required to retake the training.

Gold Phase. The Gold Phase or sometimes referred to as “Phase V” is the final and most progressive stage that covers weeks 14-20+ of OSUT/AIT and the longer periods associated with specific MOSs.

The phase ends with a tactical FTX/STX where you will apply the knowledge and experience you gained from basic combat training and most recent MOS training and apply it in a simulated environment.



Graduation Requirements. AIT consists of many different career fields. The major requirements of AIT vary depending on your military occupational specialty, but there are general goals Soldiers must complete.

To graduate from AIT/OSUT, you must work effectively as a team member; pass the Army Physical Fitness Test with a minimum score of 60 points in each event, and pass all AIT/OSUT requirements for your MOS.

During your entry into the Army, during your training, and/or final phases of AIT/OSUT, if you visually appear to be marginal or exceed body fat content standards, IAW Army Regulation (AR) 40-501 Body Fat Standards, you will be taped. If you exceed the body fat standards you will have six months (180 days) upon entering the Army to meet weight/body fat compliance with AR 600-9.

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