• Basic Combat Training Soldiers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment tackle the trench jump Thursday at the Fit to Win Course I. The Soldiers were taken to the course right after departing the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception).

    Series 1 of 5 - trench jump

    Basic Combat Training Soldiers assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment tackle the trench jump Thursday at the Fit to Win Course I. The Soldiers were taken to the course right after departing the 120th Adjutant General Battalion...

  • Pvt. Litara Faatili, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, studies her Initial Entry Training Handbook Thursday at the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) while waiting to be picked up by her new drill sergeants.

    Series 1 of 5 - reading

    Pvt. Litara Faatili, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, studies her Initial Entry Training Handbook Thursday at the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) while waiting to be picked up by her new drill sergeants.

  • Pvt. Chad Goulette, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, lays out his medical records for inspection Thursday before leaving the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception).

    Series 1 of 5 - medical records

    Pvt. Chad Goulette, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, lays out his medical records for inspection Thursday before leaving the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception).

  • Pvt. Christopher Vann, a Basic Combat Training Soldier assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, executes a low crawl Thursday at the Fit to Win Course I on his first day of training. The company was brought to the course immediately after being picked up from the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception).

    Series 1 of 5 - low crawl

    Pvt. Christopher Vann, a Basic Combat Training Soldier assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, executes a low crawl Thursday at the Fit to Win Course I on his first day of training. The company was brought to the course...

  • Pvt. Jeremy Wright, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, calls out his name before boarding a bus at the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) that will eventually take him to his Basic Combat Training unit.

    Series 1 of 5 - boarding bus

    Pvt. Jeremy Wright, assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, calls out his name before boarding a bus at the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) that will eventually take him to his Basic Combat Training unit.

  • Staff Sgt. Karen Strewart, a drill sergeant with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, inspects her Soldiers' first formation Thursday at the Fit to Win Course I.

    Series 1 of 5 - first formation

    Staff Sgt. Karen Strewart, a drill sergeant with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, inspects her Soldiers' first formation Thursday at the Fit to Win Course I.

Excitement and nervousness filled the air last week as 140 men and women sat waiting to be picked up by their new drill sergeants for nine weeks of Basic Combat Training.
Following almost a week of paperwork, haircuts, medical evaluations and other in-processing procedures, many new Soldiers at the 120th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception) were ready to begin their transformation from civilian to Soldier. Others, however, were a little anxious about the training that lies ahead in Company C, 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment.
"I'm terrified," Pvt. Rebecca Schwab said while studying her Initial Entry Training Handbook and waiting to be picked up by her drill sergeants. "I have been reading what to expect in basic, but you never know."
Others assigned to the company, however, were eager to get started on their transformation.
"I am not really nervous. I am excited," said Pfc. Chris Bell. "We have been waiting here at reception for a while now. I am ready to start training right now."
Bell would get his wish in less than an hour. After loading onto four buses, the company travelled from reception straight to the Fit to Win Course I, where the new Soldiers ran off the bus to form their first formation before running through the obstacle course.
Next, the Soldiers were brought to their battalion area and were shown their quarters where they would live for the next nine weeks. Eventually, they were escorted to their dining facility for dinner to cap off their first day of BCT.
During the first few days, Soldiers are given an Army Physical Fitness Test, learn drill and ceremony, and receive values classes in appropriate behavior and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
Week Two in BCT marks the transition from the classroom to the field with training events such as Victory Tower, unarmed combatives, teamwork development course, first aid training, map reading and the compass course.
Chris.Rasmussen@jackson.army.mil

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