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30th Adjutant General Reception Battalion

The 30th Adjutant General Reception Battalion, commonly called “Reception,” is the initial entry point for prospective Soldiers entering basic training on Sand Hill. Trainees can expect to spend at least seven days at the battalion, where they will be issued gear, get haircuts, complete paperwork and more. The 30th AG also rehabilitates injured trainees for the purpose of returning them to training and separates those who do not meet Army standards.

194th Armored Brigade

The 194th Armored Brigade conducts Initial Entry Training for new Soldiers and Marines. IET consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, which together are known as One Station Unit Training (OSUT). The 194th trains all initial entry 19K armor crewmen and 19D scouts.

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 and Abrams mechanics. The brigade includes:

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, including 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.

Soldiers training in MOS 19D will be assigned to 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry. This 16-week program includes reconnaissance and security skills, basic combat training and the maintenance and operation of the M3A2 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and associated weapon systems.

1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, are on Sand Hill. These units prepare basic trainees for Advanced Individual Training.

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198th Infantry Brigade

The 198th Infantry Brigade transforms civilians into disciplined Infantrymen. One Station Unit Training combines Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training to create a 14-week training cycle.

Within the brigade, there are five OSUT battalions:

  • 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment
  • 2nd Battalion, 54th Infantry Regiment

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1st Security Force Assistance Brigade

The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade’s mission is to support combatant commanders by integrating with foreign security partners to build partner security capacity and capabiltiy to achieve regional security in support of U.S. national interests. It is composed of one infantry task force and six advise and assist battalions.

The 1st SFAB Soldiers are professional combat advisors who are specially selected, trained and equipped. The brigade represents our nation’s commitment to our security partners and our dedication to making those partners better to achieve regional security. The 1st SFAB has the leadership to serve as the framework for quickly standing up a fully manned and equipped Infantry combat brigade if called upon.

Located on Kelley Hill, the 1st SFAB is comprised of:

  • 1st Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment (Task Force)
  • 6th Battalion, 51st Infantry Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, 52nd Infantry Regiment
  • 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery
  • 815th Engineer Battalion
  • 92nd Brigade Support Battalion

14th Combat Support Hospital

The 14th Combat Support Hospital is a major subordinate command that provides Level III Health Service Support and Force Health Protection to forces conducting unified land operations and contingency operations in joint/combined operational areas. The 14th CSH is the higher headquarters for the following:

The 690th Medical Company (Ground Ambulance) provides area ground evacuation and emergency medical treatment in support of any contingent mission, as well as in support of all Defense CBRN Reaction Force (operations in response to a CBRN incident.

The 926th Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine) delivers corps-level technical consultation and preventive medicine services, supporting worldwide, unified land operations, including contingency, homeland defense, peacekeeping, humanitarian and civil assistance missions.

The 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services) is one of eight Army veterinary detachments in the U.S., Europe and Asia. It provides animal medicine, primarily to military working dogs, and food and safety inspection support. Today’s veterinary service Soldiers gain skills in animal science and food science, and many conduct commercial audits of food-processing plants.

75th Ranger Regiment

The 75th Ranger Regiment conducts special operations in support of U.S. policy and objectives. It is composed of one special troops battalion and three organizationally identical, rapidly deployable light Infantry special operations battalions. Missions include, but are not limited to, airborne, air assault and direct action operations, raids, infiltration and exfiltration by air, land or sea, airfield seizure, recovery of personnel and special equipment, and support of general purpose forces. The three line battalions rotate as the “Ranger Ready Force” ready to deploy anywhere in the world within 18 hours.

Fort Benning is home to Regimental Headquarters, Headquarters staff, the 3rd Ranger Battalion and the Regimental Special Troops Battalion. The 1st Ranger Battalion is at Hunter Army Air Field, Georgia, and the 2nd Battalion is at Fort Lewis, Washington.

ARNG Warrior Training Center

The Army National Guard Warrior Training Center trains service members in critical functional skills, develops leaders and represents the ARNG to increase the readiness of the ARNG. The WTC is the National Guard’s premier functional training and leader development organization, consisting of trained and disciplined units staffed with competent, motivated and professional leaders.

Alpha Company prepares Soldiers to successfully complete U.S. Army Ranger School, Ranger Training Assessment Course; trains Soldiers in Modern Army Basic and Tactical Combatives, Light Leaders Course; and trains Soldiers as Master Fitness Trainers.

Bravo Company trains and assesses ARNG Soldiers, DOD, and Foreign Military Service Members in Air Assault, Pathfinder and Rappel Master skills to achieve readiness for executing National Guard missions.

Charlie Company trains and assesses ARNG Soldiers and DOD Service Members in functional skills, which include Abrams and Bradley Training Assessment, Vehicle Crew Evaluator, Senior/Instructor Operator and Senior Gunner courses.

Army Marksmanship Unit

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit enhances recruiting effort, raises the standard of the Army’s marksmanship proficiency and supports small arms research and development. The unit promotes public trust in Army marksmanship through awareness programs and enhances combat readiness through the development of military match-type small arms, equipment and ammunition. The AMU conducts basic rifle and pistol marksmanship “train-the-trainer” clinics for small arms proponents and training units.

The AMU is composed of seven competitive sections: Service Rifle, Service Pistol, International Rifle, International Pistol, Action Shooting, Shotgun and Paralympic. The AMU has an Instructor Training Group that translates the lessons learned from competition to combat application through Close-Quarters Marksmanship and Squad Designated Marksmanship courses. The Custom Firearms Shop makes or customizes small arms and ammunition. Gunsmiths build competitive-grade rifles and pistols. The shop’s research and development efforts have improved the accuracy and reliability of our weapons systems and the Army’s combat effectiveness. The M-21 and M-24 sniper systems and Special Reaction Team rifles were developed here.

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation educates and trains eligible military, law enforcement and government personnel of the nations of the Western Hemisphere within the context of the democratic principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States. Missions include educating current and future leaders; fostering mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence and cooperation; and promoting democratic values, respect for human rights and an understanding of U.S. customs and traditions. WHINSEC offers 17 resident courses from four weeks to 43 weeks long. Courses are relevant to the security requirements of the U.S. and our partner nations and accredited by TRADOC for their military value. All courses have academic value that can be applied by students to their personal education in U.S. institutions of higher learning. In every course, students learn to act as independent, thinking leaders, prepared to make the right decision in any situation.

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