United States Army Infantry School
|United States Army Infantry School|
School headquarters' and the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade's distinctive unit insignia
|Branch||United States Army|
|Part of||US Army Training & Doctrine Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Fort Benning, Georgia|
|BG David Hodne|
|Shoulder sleeve insignia|
The school is made up of the following components:
- 198th Infantry Brigade (Reflagged from Infantry Training Brigade (ITB))
For new recruits specializing in infantry, the ITB conducts twenty two weeks 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.
- 199th Infantry Brigade (Reflagged from 11th Infantry Regiment)
- HHC, 199th Bde
- Maneuver Captains Career Course
- International Student Training Detachment
- Officer Candidate School
- 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry (Basic Officer Leader Course II (BOLC II)) (inactivated 23 March 2010)
- 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry (Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course (IBOLC))
- 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry (Officer Candidate School) (OCS)
- 2nd Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment (Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course (ABOLC))
- 3rd Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment (MCoE Provost)
- Henry Caro Non-Commissioned Officers Academy
- HHC, 199th Bde
- Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade
- 4th Ranger Training Battalion (Camps Rogers and Darby)
- 5th Ranger Training Battalion (Camp Frank D. Merrill)
- Ranger School (Mountain Phase)
- 6th Ranger Training Battalion (Camp Rudder, Auxiliary Field 6, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida)
- Ranger School (Swamp Phase)
- 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment
- Combined Arms and Tactics Directorate (CATD)
- Directorate of Operations and Training/G-3
- Training Support Center
- Office of Infantry Proponency (OIP) "Warrior Ethos" program that was launched in 2003 by the United States Army.
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.
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. 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:
- Bradley Leaders Course (BLC)
- Bradley Master Gunner (BMG) Course
- Combatives Course
- Dismounted C-IED Tactics Master Trainer (DCT-MT)
- Heavy Weapons Leader Course
- Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leader Course (RSLC)
- Simulations Training Managers Course (STMC)
- Stryker Leader Course (SLC)
- Stryker Master Gunner Course (SMGC)
- Small Unmanned Aircraft System Master Trainer (SUAS)
- Sniper Course
Chief of Infantry
The Chief of Infantry is the proponent of the school and its commandant.
|1||Colonel Henry E. Eames||5 October 1918||22 April 1919|
|2||Major General Charles S. Farnsworth||22 April 1919||31 July 1920|
|3||Brigadier General Walter H. Gordon||1 August 1920||8 November 1923|
|4||Brigadier General Briant H. Wells||9 November 1923||8 March 1926|
|5||Brigadier General Edgar T. Collins||9 March 1926||1 May 1929|
|6||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||Major General Courtney Hodges||1 September 1940||3 March 1941|
|10||Major General Omar N. Bradley||4 March 1941||10 February 1942|
|11||Major General Leven C. Allen||11 February 1942||18 September 1943|
|12||Major General Charles H. Bonesteel Jr.||19 September 1943||27 June 1944|
|13||Major General Fred L. Walker||28 June 1944||11 July 1945|
|14||Major General John W. O'Daniel||12 July 1945||1 July 1948|
|Major General John W. Foss||1985|
|47||Major General Benjamin Freakley||2003||2005|
|48||Major General Walter Wojdakowski||2005||2008|
|49||Major General Michael Barbero||2008||2009|
|50||Major General Michael Ferriter||2009||2009|
|51||Brigadier General Bryan Owens||2009||2011|
|52||Brigadier General Walter E. Piatt||2011||2012|
|53||Brigadier General David B. Haight||2012||2013|
|54||Colonel Robert E. Choppa||2013||2014|
|55||Brigadier General James E. Rainey||2014||2015|
|56||Brigadier General Peter Jones||2015||2017|
|57||Brigadier General Christopher T. Donahue||2017||2018|
|58||Colonel Townley R. Hedrick||2018||2018|
|59||Brigadier General David M. Hodne||2018||Current|
- Basic Officer Leaders Course
- United States Army branch insignia
- Guidon (United States)
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Blue Infantry Cord
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- Maneuver Senior Leaders Course[dead link]
- Advanced Leaders Course[dead link]
- Warrior Leaders Course[dead link]
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