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
Country United States
Branch United States Army
RoleInfantry training
Part ofTRADOC patch.svg US Army Training & Doctrine Command
Garrison/HQFort Benning, Georgia
Motto(s)"Follow Me"
BG Larry Q. Burris Jr.
Shoulder sleeve insignia
United States Army Infantry School SSI (1964-2015).gif

The United States Army Infantry School is a school located at Fort Benning, Georgia that is 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 197th and 198th Infantry Brigades conduct 22 weeks[1] of One Station Unit Training (OSUT) consisting of both Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). The mission of the brigades 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.

Former Units[edit]

For many years the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the 29th Infantry Regiment provided branch specific programs of instruction as part of the Infantry school. In July 2007 the 29th Infantry Regiment was reflagged into the 197th Infantry Brigade as part of the Army's transition to a Brigade focused structure. This organization continued until 12 December 2013 when the 197th Infantry Brigade was deactivated.[8] Shortly thereafter the programs of instruction provided by the 29th Infantry Regiment were consolidated under 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment, reflagged as part of the 316th Cavalry Brigade, and the 2nd Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment was deactivated. Under the purview of the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE), as part of the 316th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment continues to teach combat skills and support MCoE training, the Infantry School, and Infantry Soldiers and leaders by providing the following courses:[9]

  • Bradley Leaders Course (BLC)
  • Bradley Master Gunner (BMG) Course
  • Combatives Course
  • Dismounted C-IED Tactics Master Trainer (DCT-MT)
  • Heavy Weapons Leader Course
  • Simulations Training Managers Course (STMC)
  • Stryker Leader Course (SLC)
  • Stryker Master Gunner Course (SMGC)
  • Small Unmanned Aircraft System Master Trainer (SUAS)

Chief of Infantry[edit]

The Chief of Infantry is the proponent of the school[10] and its commandant.

No. Image Name Start End
1 Colonel Henry E. Eames 5 October 1918 22 April 1919
2 Major General Charles S. Farnsworth[11] 22 April 1919 31 July 1920
3 Walter Henry Gordon.jpg Brigadier General Walter H. Gordon 1 August 1920 8 November 1923
4 23-wells l.jpg Brigadier General Briant H. Wells 9 November 1923 8 March 1926
5 Brigadier General Edgar T. Collins 9 March 1926 1 May 1929
6 Gen. Campbell King LCCN2014708401.tif Brigadier General Campbell King 2 May 1929 31 May 1933
7 Brigadier General George H. Estes 1 June 1933 30 September 1936
8 Brigadier General Asa L. Singleton 1 October 1936 31 August 1940
9 Courtney Hodges.jpg Major General Courtney Hodges 1 September 1940 3 March 1941
10 Omar-n-bradley-contrast-adjusted.jpg Major General Omar N. Bradley 4 March 1941 10 February 1942
11 Major General Leven C. Allen 11 February 1942 18 September 1943
12 Charles H. Bonesteel, Jr..jpg Major General Charles H. Bonesteel Jr. 19 September 1943 27 June 1944
13 Fred L. Walker.jpg Major General Fred L. Walker 28 June 1944 11 July 1945
14 John W. O'Daniel.jpg Major General John W. O'Daniel 12 July 1945 1 July 1948
Thomas M. Tarpley (2) thumb.jpg Major General Thomas M. Tarpley[12] 1973 1975
John W Foss.jpg Major General John W. Foss[13] 1983 1985
Major General Kenneth C Leuer.jpg Major General Kenneth C. Leuer[14] 1987 1989
47 LTG Benjamin C. Freakley.jpg Major General Benjamin Freakley[15] 2003 2005
48 Walter Wojdakowski.jpg Major General Walter Wojdakowski[16] 2005 2008
49 Michael D Barbero.jpg Major General Michael Barbero[16] 2008 2009[17]
50 LTG Mike Ferriter (2).jpg Major General Michael Ferriter[18] 2009 2009
51 COL Bryan R. Owens.jpg Brigadier General Bryan Owens[19] 2009 2011
52 BG Walter Piatt.jpg Brigadier General Walter E. Piatt[20][21] 2011 2012
53 BG David B. Haight.jpg Brigadier General David B. Haight[22] 2012 2013
54 COL Robert E Choppa.jpg Colonel Robert E. Choppa[23] 2013 2014
55 BG James E. Rainey.jpg Brigadier General James E. Rainey[24] 2014 2015
56 BG Peter Jones.jpg Brigadier General Peter Jones[25] 2015 2017
57 Christopher T. Donahue (2).jpg Brigadier General Christopher T. Donahue[26] 2017 2018
58 Colonel Townley Hedrick.png Colonel Townley R. Hedrick[27] 2018 2018
59 Major General David M. Hodne.jpg Major General David M. Hodne[27] 2018 2021
60 Larry Q. Burris, Jr. (2).jpg Brigadier General Larry Q. Burris Jr.[28] 2021 Current

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 22-Week One Station Unit Training Archived 10 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Staff (n.d.). "199th Infantry Brigade". benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  3. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Henry Caro Noncommissioned Officer Academy". benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  4. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Maneuver Senior Leaders Course". benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  5. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Infantry Advanced Leaders Course". benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  6. ^ Warrior Leaders Course[dead link]
  7. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade". benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  8. ^ Wright, Ben (12 December 2013). "197th Infantry Brigade officially deactivated at Fort Benning". Ledger-Enquirer. Columbus, Ga. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. ^ Staff (n.d.). "Fort Benning Site Map". benning.army.mil. United States Army. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Office of the Chief of Infantry". United States Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. United States Army. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Tarpley, Thomas McKee". Army Cemeteries Explorer. U.S. Army. Associated Press. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  13. ^ "Army's chief of infantry will take over Ford Bragg". Star-News. Associated Press. 26 December 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Fort Benning has always been Kenneth Leuer's home away from home". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 28 October 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Lieutenant General Benjamin C. Freakley". ArmyEdSpace.com. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  16. ^ 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  17. ^ Little, Vince (5 June 2009). "CG reflects on tenure at Fort Benning". The Bayonet. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  18. ^ Sitter, Bridgett (22 September 2009). "Leaders discuss future of Infantry, Armor". MCOE Public Affairs. United States Army. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  19. ^ Little, Vince (8 June 2011). "Chief of Infantry bids farewell to Benning". The Bayonet. United States Army. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  20. ^ Benning Welcomes new Chief of Infantry. BenningTV. 2011. Event occurs at 0:02:24. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  21. ^ Little, Vince (3 August 2011). "Post hails new chief of Infantry". News Archive. United States Army. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  22. ^ Ben Wright (2 August 2012). "Fort Benning announces new commanders for Infantry and Armor Schools". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  23. ^ "New Infantry chief takes command". The Bayonet. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Fort Benning welcomes new infantry chief and commandant". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 30 July 2014. Archived from the original on 17 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  25. ^ "Fort Benning to welcome new infantry chief Brig. Gen. Peter Jones". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Brig. Gen. Donahue is 57th chief of infantry at Fort Benning". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  27. ^ a b Gatchell, Bryan (3 August 2018). "New Commandant Takes Responsibility of US Army Infantry School". United States Army. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  28. ^ "Soldier Lethality CFT welcomes new director". 12 August 2021.

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