- Active Duty
- Army Reserve
- Closed to Women
The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army. It's equally important in peacetime and in combat. The Infantryman's role is to be ready to defend our country in peacetime and to capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces during combat.
The following are some duties expected of Infantrymen:
- Perform as a member of a fire team during drills and live combat
- Perform hand-to-hand combat
- Aid in the mobilization of vehicles, troops and weaponry
- Assist in reconnaissance missions
- Operate two-way radios and signal equipment
- Process prisoners of war and captured documents
- Learn to use, maintain and store various combat weaponry (rifles, machine guns, anti-tank mines, etc.)
Job training for Infantryman requires 13 weeks, three days of One Station Unit Training (OSUT) which includes Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training. The training will take place primarily in the field, with some classroom training. The reality is, though, that infantry training never really stops. Whether taking part in squad maneuvers, target practice or war games, Infantrymen are constantly working to keep their skills sharp and are in a constant state of preparedness.
Helpful attributes include:
- Readiness to accept a challenge and perform well under stress
- Top physical and mental shape
- Ability to work as a team member
Advanced level Infantrymen supervise subordinates in peacetime and combat operations, providing them with tactical and technical guidance.