194th Armored Brigade
194th Armored Brigade
The 194th Armored Brigade conducts Initial Entry Training for new Soldiers and Marines. ET consists of a Basic Combat Training phase and Advanced Individual Training phase, which together are known as One Station Unit Training (OSUT). The 194th trains all Initial Entry 19K Armor Crewmen and 19D Scouts for the Army. Marine Armor Crewmen complete Marine Corps Basic Training then arrive at Fort Benning’s Harmony Church for Armor AIT.
Army active duty and Reserve component training programs include: 19D (Cavalry Scout), 19K (Armor Crewman) One Station Unit Training and 91 A/M (Abrams/Bradley Mechanic) Advanced Individual Training, the Marine Armor Crewman Course, the Marine Mechanic Course and the Advanced Leader Course for Bradley/Abrams Mechanics.
The brigade is organized into three battalions: 1st Battalion, 81st Armor (19K OSUT); 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry (19D OSUT); and the 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor (91A/M AIT and Training Support).
Soldiers arriving for training in MOS 19K will be assigned to 1st Battalion, 81st Armor, for 15 weeks. Here, they are taught basic skills as well as subjects unique to the 19K MOS. Skills include operation and maintenance of the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank and its associated weapons systems. Soldiers going on to units equipped with the advanced M1A2 SEP Abrams receive additional training on the upgraded systems of the M1A2 SEP Main Battle Tank.
Soldiers training in MOS 19D will be assigned to 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry. This 16-week program includes training in a variety of reconnaissance and security skills, basic combat training, and the maintenance and operation of the M3A2 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (CFV), the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) and associated weapon systems. Soldiers assigned to serve in units with the Stryker Reconnaissance Vehicle remain for additional training.
The 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor, supports the brigade with instructors for a number of common skills, provide weapons and ammunition support, and run and provide instruction on numerous ranges. The 3rd battalion also teaches Advanced Individual Training (AIT) for armored vehicle mechanics in MOS 91A and 91M. Within 3-81 Armor, there is also a Marine Corps Detachment that trains Marine Corps Armor Crewmen and mechanics.