Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, provide security while conducting a training mission on Fort Drum. The mission is part of a field training exercise in which 2-14 Infantry Soldiers will remain in the field for 13 days.

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- The 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Golden Dragons deployed to the field July 5 to prepare for a two-week field training exercise. The FTX, which began July 7, will continue through July 19.

The FTX focus is on evaluating and certifying 2-14 Infantry platoons and squads for future full-spectrum combat operations. The 13-day FTX is designed to provide both tough and realistic training that will test every Soldier’s skills, endurance and determination to prepare them for the rigors of real-world combat. To accentuate realism, Soldiers wear full combat gear to include camouflage face paint.

In addition to testing individual Soldier skills in a realistic environment, a live-fire exercise and three evaluation lanes will be used to evaluate and certify all 2-14 Infantry platoons.

Throughout the FTX, every platoon will cycle through a live-fire range, three platoon evaluation lanes and a squad lane. Platoons will complete their LFX on Fort Drum, which includes such collective tasks as react to contact, enter and clear a building, and enter and clear a trench.

Platoons will march approximately eight miles each day to the start point of each lane as they cycle through. Over the three days, Soldiers will march more than 25 miles, receive minimal rest and still be asked to complete their mission.

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