Basic Combat Training

Basic Combat Training,
Fort Jackson, South Carolina

Victory Starts Here!

This site provides a direct link between the Soldiers attending Basic Combat Training, the leaders responsible for their training, and you! We encourage you to come back often and follow along as your Soldier progresses through BCT.

You can find information about locating your soldier HERE

A list of what to bring to BCT can be found HERE

A little about the BCT experience can be found HERE

Basic Combat Training, often referred to as just BCT, is the introduction Soldiers recieve as they enter the Army. It is often considered a life-changing experience, something that people remember, reflect on, and tell stories to their grand children about decades later.

BCT is not easy…as we often say here, there is nothing basic about Basic Training.

BCT takes 10 weeks to complete. Unlike schools which typically have between six and seven hours a day of teaching, the Army trains for about 12-14 hours a day, Monday through Saturday. We try to avoid too much sitting in a classroom…but it does happen:


We also spend a little bit of time outside; getting some fresh air and, when the opportunity presents itself, a little exercise:

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Traveling…by foot:


Climbing ropes:


And if you’re good enough, graduating in front of your friends and Family!


Typical training schedule can be found HERE.

A short video on what the first few days will hold can be found HERE.

165th Infantry Brigade: Click here

193rd Infantry Brigade: Click here