After four decades, the U.S. Army has announced a major change to its one-station unit training (OSUT) for infantry soldiers: starting in 2019, the program is being extended from 14 weeks to 22 weeks.
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Col. Townley R. Hedrick, the Army Infantry School Commandant, said the longer OSUT would boost soldier lethality before they leave for their first duty assignment. The new program will include more weapons training; more vehicle-platform familiarization; additional combatives training and a 40-hour combat-lifesaver certification course. More via the Army news release:
A Longer OSUT
Under the new OSUT program, Soldiers will get more training with their M4 rifle and increased hands-on experience with the M240 machine gun and the M249 squad automatic weapon.
“So across all the Infantry weapons, they will get more bullets,” Hedrick said. “And they will also shoot more at night, rather than just doing a day familiarization fire.”
Source:: Tactical Life