Blue Phase/Warrior Phase

Your platoon's standard bearer will now tote around a blue flag at boot camp. The third, or “Warrior,” phase will see all of your training climax with the longest tactical foot marches you've been on (10-15 kilometers with all of your equipment on your back), you'll take your final PT Test, and there will be a series of confidence tests.

One of the most important tests during the first portion of Phase 3 is the final PT test. If you don't score at least 150 points, you won't get to go on to the Field Training Exercises (FTX) with the rest of your platoon. FTX consists of various smaller situational training sessions such as Night Infiltration Course (NIC), Military Operations Urban Terrain (MOUT), and “Bivouac”/camping and ties everything you've learned in BTC together. The drill sergeants will advise you (and keep you from getting hurt), but the tactical decisions will be made by the recruit platoon and squad leaders. The scenarios used for the FTX exercises vary on theme and objectives.

Following FTX, recruits have a “recovery week” to wrap up the training. There is a final fitting for your dress uniform. During this final week, recruits service and repair any items they are not taking with them. This will typically include weapons, bedding, helmet, canteen, other personally-issued items, along with ensuring the platoon barracks is in good order to receive the next wave of trainees. There is also some practice for the graduation ceremony scheduled at the end of the week.

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