An Overview of the US Army Sniper School

Introduction The US Army Sniper Course trains selected military members assigned to sniper positions in the skills necessary to deliver long-range precision fire and the collection of battlefield information. Students will receive training in fieldcraft skills, advanced camouflage techniques, concealed movement, target detection, range estimation, terrain utilisation, intelligence preparation of the battlefield (IPB), relevant reporting… Read More


An Overview of the US Army Armour School

Introduction The United States Army Armor School (formerly Armoured Force School) is a training school located at Fort Moore, Georgia. Its primary focus is the training of United States Army soldiers, non-commissioned officers (NCOs), warrant officers, and commissioned officers. It also trains for equipment handling, including the M1 Abrams, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, and the… Read More

An Overview of the US Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course

Introduction United States Army Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course (RSLC) (formerly known as the Long Range Surveillance Leaders Course, or LRSLC) is a 29-day (four weeks and one day) school designed on mastering reconnaissance fundamentals of officers and non-commissioned officers eligible for assignments to those units whose primary mission is to conduct reconnaissance and surveillance,… Read More

An Overview of the US Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)

1.0 Introduction This article provides an overview of the US Army’s Combat Fitness Test (ACFT), which replaced the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). The ACFT is underpinned by the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) system, the goal of which is to “build physical lethality and mental toughness to win quickly and return home healthy.” (FM… Read More

What is the Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course?

Introduction The Engineer Basic Officer Leader Course (EBOLC), formerly known as the Engineer Officer Basic Course (EOBC), is a training course for new commissioned officers selected for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Outline It is run at the US Army Engineer School in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, United States and lasts nineteen weeks… Read More

A Brief Overview of the Basic Officer Leader Course

Introduction The Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) is a two-phased training course designed to commission officers and prepare them for service in the United States Army. Prospective officers complete Phase I (BOLC A) as either: before continuing on to BOLC B as Second Lieutenants (2LT). If BOLC B is not completed within two years of… Read More

What is a Gold Bar Recruiter?

Introduction In the United States Army and United States Air Force, a Gold Bar Recruiter (GBR) is a newly-commissioned second lieutenant who has been ordered to active duty on permissive Temporary Duty (PTDY) orders to assist the Professor of Military Science (or Aerospace Science, as applicable) and the Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO) with training and… Read More