Assault Course Explained (For Real)
Yesterday, I gave you the WebGuy course explanations. Glad you enjoyed it. While the photos from today are going up, I thought I would use the time to write a bit more about the Assault Course. Over the next few days, I will talk about the four courses we are covering both to fill the time and also because it will be good for you to know about when BCT is over and your cadet talks about them, or in the case of my son, doesn't.
First order of business... In order to make your photo searching time easier, here are the squadrons covered today. Aggressors and Cobras on the Assault Course, Barbarians on the Confidence Course, Executioners and Hellcats on the Obstacle Course, and Guts getting gassed, (I mean CBRNE) ;-). All those photos are in process. When finished, you'll find them in the respective squadron galleries. Sorry Demons and Flying Tigers. Tomorrow is a new day though.
Ok, so, let's talk about the Assault Course, and yes it really is a -50 on the WebGuy fun scale. The basics do this course twice while at Jacks.
So here is the gist. First, the Basics are briefly taught armed and unarmed combat by the course cadre. The second time through (starting next week) this section will be replaced by the pugil stick fights).
After this, the Basics are given one last chance to drink some water, and then they get a nice cool drenching to keep them cool on the course.
Now the real "fun" begins. The course has multiple obstacles which they must complete while also doing nonstop PT between the obstacles. They also get to repeat obstacles as necessary.
Running, jumping, crawling, & water is involved throughout. So are megaphones, whistles, smoke, & dust.
Of course I have left out quite a few of the obstacles, but you get the idea. In the end, they end up at obstacle #16 The Wall. The Basics below are waiting for the signal to jump over the last obstacle. It can take a while to get that signal.
The Basics spend about three hours total on the Assault Course. The first hour is learning combat, the next couple of hours are spent on the course itself.
At the end, this is how they look. (Note the large smiles)
Tomorrow, the Obstacle Course explained. There are lots of photos from today to process, so keep checking back. Lots more to come tomorrow!
Enjoy your evening!!