United States Army Infantry School

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United States Army Infantry School
US Army Infantry School DUI.png
School headquarters' and the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade's distinctive unit insignia
Founded 1918
Country  United States
Branch  United States Army
Role Infantry training
Part of TRADOC patch.svg US Army Training & Doctrine Command
Garrison/HQ Fort Benning, Georgia
Motto(s) "Follow Me"
BG Peter L. Jones
Shoulder sleeve insignia
United States Army Infantry School SSI (1964-2015).gif
SSI of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade (denoted by the Airborne Tab)
Abn Infantry School Abn Elements.png

The United States Army Infantry School is located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is a school dedicated to training infantrymen for service in the United States Army.


The school is made up of the following components:

For new recruits specializing in infantry, the ITB conducts fourteen weeks[1] of One Station Unit Training (OSUT) consisting of both Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The mission of the Infantry Training Brigade is to transform civilians into disciplined infantrymen that possess the Army Values, fundamental soldier skills, physical fitness, character, confidence, commitment, and the Warrior Ethos to become adaptive and flexible infantrymen ready to accomplish the mission of the infantry.

Infantry officers who have completed commissioning and the Basic Officer Leadership Course then attend the Infantry Officer Basic Leadership Course in 2nd battalion. This is a course of instruction, as the name implies, in basic infantry skills, including marksmanship, machine gunnery, tactics, and planning.

The brigade also conducts specialized training for soldiers in Basic Airborne, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster Courses.

Chief of Infantry[edit]

The Chief of Infantry is the proponent of the school[9] and its commandant.

No. Image Name Start End
1 Major General Charles S. Farnsworth[10] 1920
Major General Stephen Odgen Fuqua[11] 1929
6 Courtney Hodges.jpg Major General Courtney Hodges 1941 1942
John W Foss.jpg Major General John W. Foss[12] 1985
47 LTG Benjamin C. Freakley.jpg Major General Benjamin Freakley[13] 2003 2005
48 Walter Wojdakowski.jpg Major General Walter Wojdakowski[14] 2005 2008
49 Michael D Barbero.jpg Major General Michael Barbero[14] 2008 2009[15]
50 LTG Mike Ferriter (2).jpg Major General Michael Ferriter[16] 2009 2009
51 COL Bryan R. Owens.jpg Brigadier General Bryan Owens[17] 2009 2011
52 BG Walter Piatt.jpg Brigadier General Walter Piatt[18][19] 2011 2012
53 BG David B. Haight.jpg Brigadier General David B. Haight[20] 2012 2013
54 COL Robert E Choppa.jpg Colonel Robert E. Choppa[21] 2013 2014
55 BG James E. Rainey.jpg Brigadier General James E. Rainey[22] 2014 Current

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 14-Week One Station Unit Training Archived 10 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Fort Benning Office of Public Affairs (22 March 2010). "1st Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment to be inactivated". WTVM.com. Raycom Media. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Staff (n.d.). "199th Infantry Brigade". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officer Academy". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Maneuver Senior Leaders Course[dead link]
  6. ^ Advanced Leaders Course[dead link]
  7. ^ Warrior Leaders Course[dead link]
  8. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade". www.benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Office of the Chief of Infantry". United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. United States Army. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  10. ^ Emerson, William K. (2004). Marksmanship in the U.S. Army: A History of Medals, Shooting Programs, and Training. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 101. ISBN 9780806135755. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert (9 January 2008). "Stephen Odgen Fuqua". Arlington National Cemetery Website. Michael Robert Patterson. Retrieved 10 February 2013. [self-published source]
  12. ^ "Army's chief of infantry will take over Ford Bragg". Star-News. Associated Press. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley" (PDF). ArmyEdSpace.com. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Bennett, Doraine (2008). "A Retrospective: MG Walter Wojdakowski, Chief of Infantry, August 2005 – November 2008" (PDF). Infantry Bugler. National Infantry Association: 8–9. ISSN 1933-6225. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  15. ^ Little, Vince (5 June 2009). "CG reflects on tenure at Fort Benning". The Bayonet. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  16. ^ Sitter, Bridgett (22 September 2009). "Leaders discuss future of Infantry, Armor". MCOE Public Affairs. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  17. ^ Little, Vince (8 June 2011). "Chief of Infantry bids farewell to Benning". The Bayonet. United States Army. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Benning Welcomes new Chief of Infantry. BenningTV. 2011. Event occurs at 0:02:24. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Little, Vince (3 August 2011). "Post hails new chief of Infantry". News Archive. United States Army. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  20. ^ Ben Wright (2 August 2012). "Fort Benning announces new commanders for Infantry and Armor Schools". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  21. ^ "New Infantry chief takes command". The Bayonet. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Fort Benning welcomes new infantry chief and commandant". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 

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