• Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, coins are used to represent Soldiers as various movement methods are discussed.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich uses coins to represent Soldier as he explains the wedge formation.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich arranges coins, representing Soldiers, in order to explain a flanking movement while Sgt. Matthew Nelson reads the field manual.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, coins are used to represent Soldiers as various movement methods are discussed.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engaged each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques.The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, coins are used to represent Soldiers as various movement methods are discussed.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques.The unit...

  • Sgt. Jason Decker, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), test-fires a paintball gun just prior to his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. Jason Decker, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), test-fires a paintball gun just prior to his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The...

  • Sgt. Pietra Nesmith assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), fires a paintball gun just prior to her units battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. Pietra Nesmith assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), fires a paintball gun just prior to her units battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Sgt. Robert Stegall, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), test-fires a paintball gun just prior to his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. Robert Stegall, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), test-fires a paintball gun just prior to his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The...

  • Capt. Jessica Smothers, commander of A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Commands (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball  gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Capt. Jessica Smothers, commander of A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Commands (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement...

  • Staff Sgt. William Hall, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball  gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Staff Sgt. William Hall, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement...

  • Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad...

  • Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball  gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement...

  • Staff Sgt. William Hall uses hand and arm signals to effectively communicate with his team mate, Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho during their unit's battle assembly training. Both Soldiers are drill sergeants with Co. A 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET). The unit utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Staff Sgt. William Hall uses hand and arm signals to effectively communicate with his team mate, Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho during their unit's battle assembly training. Both Soldiers are drill sergeants with Co. A 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th...

  • Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), advances and engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), advances and engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad...

  • Spc. Matthew Morgan, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball  gun during his unit's Battle Assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Spc. Matthew Morgan, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's Battle Assembly training on individual and squad movement...

  • Spc. Matthew Morgan, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Spc. Matthew Morgan, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on...

  • Spc. Matthew Morgan, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Spc. Matthew Morgan, left, and Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball  gun during his unit's Battle Assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. 1st Class Douglas Homrich, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engages the "enemy" with a paintball gun during his unit's Battle Assembly training on individual and squad...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force base recreation area in Charleston, S.C. At left, Spc. Matthew Morgan, left, lays down his weapon indicating he has experienced a direct hit to the face mask by Staff Sgt. William Hall, right.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Company A, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET) utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air ForceBbase recreation area in Charleston, S.C. Here, a Soldier lays down his weapon to indicate he has been taken out of the fight after a hit to the face mask.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Company A, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET) utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air ForceBbase recreation area in...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, they practice a diamond formation.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's Battle Assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's Battle Assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques.  The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Pictured here are Sgt. Matthew Nelson and Staff Sgt. Jerry Camacho.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th training Command  (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, Sgt. Matthew Nelson engages the "enemy" while trying to stay hidden behind cover.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, Spc. Matthew Morgan engages the "enemy" while trying to stay hidden behind cover and making himself a hard target.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, Sgt. Matthew Nelson engages the "enemy" while trying to stay hidden behind cover.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. At right, Spc. Matthew Morgan, engages the "enemy" while at the same time dodges the incoming paintballs that, at times, can travel at speeds up to 250 feet per second.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. Here, Sgt. Matthew Nelson, left, and Spc. Matthew Morgan engage each other while trying to stay hidden behind cover.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8. In the foreground, Sgt. Jason Decker moves forward while keeping a watchful eye out for the "enemy."

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th training Divisoin, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Soldiers assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th training Divisoin, 108th Training Command (IET), engage each other with paintball guns during the unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit...

  • Spc. Matthew Morgan, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Division (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to heighten the level of realism to the training at Charleston Air Force Base recreation area on February 8.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Spc. Matthew Morgan, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Division (IET), dodges paintballs and looks for firing opportunites during his unit's battle assembly training on individual and squad...

  • Sgt. Jason Decker, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), rushes for cover as his team mates use suppressive fire to distract the "enemy" from his movement. During the unit's battle assembly training they concentrated on individual and squad movement techniques. The unit utilized paintball training in order to bring a heightened sense of realism to the training on February 8 at the Charleston Air Force Base recreation area in Charleston, S.C.

    Paintball enhances realism in Army Reserve unit?'s training

    Sgt. Jason Decker, assigned to A Company, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, 98th Training Division, 108th Training Command (IET), rushes for cover as his team mates use suppressive fire to distract the "enemy" from his movement. During the unit's battle...

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Tough, realistic training is the cornerstone of a successful Army. In order to make sure that her drill sergeants can provide each new private with the best training possible, Capt. Jessica Smothers, commander of Company A, 1/321st Infantry Regiment, along with her training staff coordinated some of the basic combat training curriculum for their February battle assembly.
Originally, the unit was to participate in a brigade field training exercise (FTX) which was cancelled. The FTX was to take place from Thursday to Sunday. Since the time had already been allotted, the unit decided to put it to good use, practicing the very skills they would be imparting to basic trainees. Army Reserve drill sergeants generally use their 29 days of annual training (AT) in actual basic training companies.
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is broken up into three phases; red, white and blue. The Soldiers of Company A are tasked to do their next drill sergeant annual training during a blue phase at Fort Jackson, S.C. The tasks they practiced were specific to the blue phase of BCT which included individual and squad movement techniques and movement to contact. The twist for this particular battle assembly was the usage of paintball guns on a recreation course at Charleston Air Force Base.
"We wanted to give them the most realistic experience that we could," said Smothers, "to refresh some of those things they haven't done in a long time." Most of the drill sergeants have been doing red and white phase training during their ATs.
Each task during the four days of training built upon each other and culminated in the paintball exercise. Soldiers separated into two teams and moved from one end of the course to the other, employing the proper movement methods and hand and arms signals, all while trying to shoot the "enemy" and not get shot in the process. Using paintballs brought a new level of reality to the activity.
According to Sgt. Matthew Nelson, no one really reacts properly when using the electronic Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES). "It's always better to have something that's going to actually hit you instead of blank rounds," he said. "People just sit there and stick their heads out or stand there with something visible. With the blanks you don?'t know, but with the paintball you're going to get hit and it reminds you of the difference between cover and concealment."
"Being able to see the rounds drop around you," said Spc. Matthew Morgan, "gives you a better, more realistic idea of what happens."
The Soldiers felt the training was very useful, besides just a way to get out of the company area for a change. "What we give to the privates," explained Staff Sgt. William Hall, "is that what they see [in training] may not be what always actually happens." Hall went on to emphasize that the new Soldiers will need to understand that what they receive is basic training and that their assigned units will augment what the drill sergeants gave them with the standard operating procedures each unit will have already developed.
"This was awesome," said Sgt. Jason Decker. "It reinforced the training I learned 12 years ago."
"I was kind of hesitant at first," 1st Sgt. Jason Johnson told his troops. "I was thinking that paintball is going to be a free-for-all, but you guys actually made some applications out there, adjusted fire, talked and did everything you were supposed to do." He told them that their particular Military Occupational Specialty didn't apply to the days' training. "What really applied were basic Soldier skills which are directly related to our mission."
"I think it went very well," Smothers said. "They were checking their references and you could see it in their faces that they were remembering things and the [training] concepts were clicking in their heads. It was a huge success, especially since this unit has never done this before."
Due to the nature of paintball, Smothers' first and foremost concern was safety and each Soldier did their best to keep that idea in mind. There were no injuries as a result of the exercise
"As far as Army training is concerned," said Johnson, "it has to be tough and realistic and this weekend was it."
It was suggested, during the after action review, to take the training to the next step, by adding combat life saving first aid tasks during similar engagements in the future.
Company A of the 1/321st Infantry Regiment is a drill sergeant unit that falls under the 2nd Brigade, 98th Training Division and the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training). Soldiers bring with them several different MOS backgrounds when they join the unit.

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