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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 at Fort Benning. Trainees can expect to spend at least seven days at the battalion, where they will be issued gear, receive 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.
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 and Abrams mechanics.
The brigade is organized into five components:
- 1st Battalion, 81st Armor,
- 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry,
- 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment,
- 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment
- 30th Adjutant General Reception Battalion
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 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.
1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, are on Sand Hill. These units prepare basic trainees for Advanced Individual Training.
For more information about 194th Armored Brigade, go to www.benning.army.mil/basictraining.
198th Infantry Brigade
The 198th Infantry Brigade transforms civilians into disciplined infantrymen. One Station Unit Training (OSUT) combines Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) 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
For more information about 198th Infantry Brigade, go to www.benning.army.mil/basictraining.
Other Military Units and Schools
14th Combat Support Hospital
The 14th Combat Support Hospital is a major subordinate command with tactical higher headquarters, the 44th Medical Brigade and the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Fort Stewart, Georgia. The 14th CSH 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 926th Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine), the 463rd Medical Detachment (Veterinary Services), the 690th Medical Company (Ground Ambulance) and the 19th Medical Team (Optometry Services).
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 (DCRF) operations in response to a deliberate or inadvertent CBRN incident.
The 926th Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine) protects and promotes the fighting strength by delivering 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 only eight Army veterinary detachments in the U.S., Europe and Asia. It has a dual mission of providing 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.
The 19th Medical Team (Optometry Services) provides full optometry and optical fabrication services, as well as high-quality acute and routine optometric care to all war-fighters in support of training, combat and humanitarian operations.
75th Ranger Regiment
The 75th Ranger Regiment conducts special operations missions in support of U.S. policy and objectives. The regiment is one of the very few 100 percent volunteer units in the military. Every Soldier must be selected for assignment to the regiment.
The regiment is composed of one special troops battalion and three organizationally identical, rapidly deployable light Infantry special operations battalions with specialized skills that enable them to perform a variety of special operations missions. These missions include, but are not limited to, airborne, air assault and direct action operations, raids, and infiltration and exfiltration by air, land or sea, in addition to airfield seizure, recovery of personnel and special equipment, and support of general purpose forces. Each of the regiment’s three line battalions rotates as the “Ranger Ready Force.” This battalion is at a constant readiness to deploy and is expected to be able to respond 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 at Hunter Army Air Field, Georgia, and the 2nd Battalion stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, are also part of the regiment.
ARNG Warrior Training Center
The Army National Guard Warrior Training Center is at Camp Butler in the Harmony Church area of Fort Benning. The WTC trains Soldiers and DOD and foreign service members in functional skills, which include Ranger Training Assessment, Modern Army Combatives, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Bradley and Abrams Training Assessment, and Vehicle Crew Evaluator courses.
A Company conducts the Ranger Training Assessment Course and Combatives Level I and II courses. RTAC prepares Soldiers to succeed at the U.S. Army Ranger Course by training them on troop leading procedures, combat orders and reconnaissance/combat patrols to the same standards as the Ranger Course.
B Company conducts Air Assault and Pathfinder courses. The Air Assault Course teaches Soldiers the various types of missions performed by rotary wing aircraft, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults, rappelling techniques and sling-load operations. The Pathfinder Course provides unit commanders with Soldiers who possess technical expertise in air movement, air assault, airborne and air resupply operations for rotary or fixed wing aircraft.
C Company conducts multiple courses with respect to the Bradley Fighting Vehicle platform and the Heavy Brigade Combat Team, including the Bradley Training Assessment Course and Vehicle Crew Evaluator. C Company also trains Soldiers on maneuver and small arms simulators.
D Company teaches multiple courses supporting employment of the M1 Abrams Tank platform, including the Abrams Training Assessment Course, Senior Gunner Course and HBCT Vehicle Crew Evaluator courses. D Company also provides Soldiers with New Equipment Training on Abrams tank gunnery simulations systems.
Army Marksmanship Unit
The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit enhances the Army’s recruiting effort, raises the standard of the Army’s marksmanship proficiency and supports the Army’s small arms research and development initiatives. Since 1956, members of the USAMU have won hundreds of national titles, more than 106 World Cup medals, 835 World Championship medals and 24 Olympic medals.
The unit promotes the Army by heightening public trust and confidence in Army marksmanship through awareness programs, which assist the U.S. Army Recruiting Command’s increasing requirement for top quality recruits. The USAMU also enhances combat readiness through the unit’s provision of technical and advisory assistance in the development of military match-type small arms, equipment and ammunition. Upon request, USAMU will conduct basic rifle and pistol marksmanship “train-the-trainer” clinics for small arms proponents, the U.S. Army Infantry School and other service marksmanship training units.
USAMU is composed of seven competitive shooting sections: Service Rifle, Service Pistol, International Rifle, International Pistol, Action Shooting, Shotgun and Paralympic. Of these teams, International Rifle, International Pistol, Shotgun and Paralympic are Olympic sports. Support is provided to these Soldier-athletes through the Custom Firearms Shop and the support branches of supply, operations and administration. Additionally, the USAMU 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 Instructor Training Group also enhances the combat readiness of operational forces by conducting more than 40 training missions annually.
The unit makes or customizes small arms and ammunition through the Custom Firearms Shop, with gunsmiths, machinists, range technicians and ammunition loaders. Here, gunsmiths build top-quality, competitive-grade rifles and pistols. The shop’s research and development efforts have led to enhanced accuracy and reliability of our competitive weapons systems and ammunition and improved the combat effectiveness of the entire Army. It is here that the M-21 and M-24 sniper systems and Special Reaction Team rifles were developed and tested.
902 Military Intelligence Group
The Fort Benning Field Office, 902d Military Intelligence Group, conducts full spectrum Counterintelligence operations for the Army enterprise to protect forces, information and technologies by detecting, identifying, neutralizing, and exploiting Foreign Intelligence Services, international terrorist threats and insider threats to U.S. Military forces at Fort Benning, throughout Georgia and the Panhandle of Florida. The 902 is in Building 108 on Gillespie Street. For more information, call 706-545-2828.
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation was created by public law as a DOD education facility, opening its doors in 2001. It provides professional education and training to eligible persons 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. The institute is subordinate to the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
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.
Courses include a Command & General Staff Officer Course and a Maneuver Captains Career Course, both of which meet the essential qualifications for their U.S. officer students in their military education levels. Fourteen other courses are also provided in residence, including four-week Cadet Leadership Development courses. Summer iterations of the cadet courses include U.S. military cadets from ROTC, USMA and potentially other service academies as well.
Faculty and staff are members of all branches of the armed services of the United States and other countries, other U.S. government agencies, civilian professors and visiting guest speakers and lecturers. This multiservice, multi-agency and multinational team has trained more than 16,000 students in the past 12 years. Students are military, law enforcement and government civilians from nations of the Organization of American States, including the U.S., Canada and countries from the Caribbean.
To learn more about the institute, go to www.benning.army.mil/tenant/whinsec. WHINSEC also has a Facebook page. The institute is located on Baltzell Avenue.