• Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer explains how the experience of going through a gas chamber helps build Soldiers' trust in their equipment and each other.

    The Confidence Course

    Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer explains how the experience of going through a gas chamber helps build Soldiers' trust in their equipment and each other.

  • Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer explains how the experience of going through a gas chamber helps build Soldiers' trust in their equipment and each other.

    The Gas Chamber

    Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer explains how the experience of going through a gas chamber helps build Soldiers' trust in their equipment and each other.

  • Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer explains the Turning Blue ceremony, a special event in which an infantryman earns his blue cord.

    Turning Blue

    Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer explains the Turning Blue ceremony, a special event in which an infantryman earns his blue cord.

  • Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer describes One Station Unit Training graduation, when a Soldier officially becomes an infantryman.

    One Station Unit Graduation

    Drill Sergeant Levi Peffer describes One Station Unit Training graduation, when a Soldier officially becomes an infantryman.

FORT BENNING, Ga., July 8, 2011 -- In an effort to provide prospects, new Army recruits, Soldiers and their supporters a comprehensive look at Fort Benning's Infantry One Station Unit Training, or OSUT, program, U.S. Army Accessions Command recently published five brief video segments showcasing a range of OSUT activities, including the Confidence Course, the Gas Chamber, Turning Blue ceremony and OSUT graduation.

The videos are hosted by a drill sergeant, Staff Sgt. Levi Peffer, who outlines the 14-week journey that turns civilians into infantrymen. OSUT combines Basic Combat Training with Advanced Individual Training in one location, enabling Soldiers to stay with the same class throughout infantry training and build camaraderie and unit cohesion.

All five videos can be viewed on the Army Strong Stories YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/armystrongstories. Written and video stories from Fort Benning Soldiers can be viewed on Army Strong Stories at http://armystrongstories.com/tag/fort-benning, USAAC's signature blog and story-sharing program with more than 700 Soldiers and cadets blogging about Army life and military service.

Fitness blogger and digital mom Leah Segedie participated in select OSUT events at Fort Benning as part of U.S. Army Accessions Command's blogger engagement program during the same timeframe the videos were produced.

Learn more about her experiences through her post on her Mamavation blog at http://www.mamavation.com/2011/03/army-physical-training-changes-ipad-giveaway.html, and her personal YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QikNkJVxYpY.

New Soldiers are encouraged to share their own OSUT or Basic Combat Training experiences on the GOARMY Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/goarmy, or on Army Strong Stories at http://www.armystrongstories.com, which is open to every Soldier, cadet, veteran and Army supporter.

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