Third Battalion, 518 Infantry Regiment Hosts Future Soldiers

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Drill Sgt. Staff Sgt. David Turner, 3rd Bn., 518th Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET), conducted Weapon Disassembly/Assembly of the M16A2 with Future Soldiers who have committed to the U.S. Army through the Delayed Entry Program. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mathew Highsmith, 3rd Bn., 518 Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET), Unit Public Affairs Representative

HICKORY, N.C. — The 3rd Bn., 518th Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET), provided three drill sergeants to train Future Soldiers who have committed to the United States Army through the Delayed Entry Program.

The goal of the training was to give Future Soldiers a taste of basic combat training. Recruiters and Future Soldiers from Asheville, Shelby, Morganton, and Hickory, North Carolina, participated in the event. In all, 35 Future Soldiers completed the training.

The morning started off with the Army Physical Fitness Test., graded by drill sergeants, who also helped motivate the Future Soldiers. The APFT was followed by land navigation, where the Future Soldiers learned how to use a compass to obtain an azimuth, establish a pace count and navigate using terrain features.

Land navigation was followed by weapons training where they learned the disassembly and assembly of the M16A2 semiautomatic weapon , how to correct a malfunctioning weapon and basic rifle marksmanship in which the Future Soldiers conducted dime and washer drills; a technique used by firearms instructors to instill the basics of breathing and trigger control.

Drill Sgt. Timothy Bingham, 3rd Bn., 518th Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET), conducted land navigation “how to” procedures with the Future Soldiers from Asheville, Shelby, Morganton, and Hickory, N.C. In all, 35 Future Soldiers completed the training. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Mathew Highsmith, 3rd Bn., 518 Inf. Reg., 98th Training Division (IET), Unit Public Affairs Representative

The final class was on Drill and Ceremony where the Future Soldiers learned basic movements such as right and left face, and what steps to perform when falling into formation.

The day concluded with an award ceremony conducted by the Future Soldiers recruiters. Awards were given to the highest physical readiness training score and most improved Future Soldier.

The drill sergeants were recognized for their outstanding performance with coins from Recruiting Command. Over all, the general consensus was positive. The Future Soldiers got a first-hand introduction to life in the Army and enjoyed the interaction with the drill sergeants.

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