The Infiltration Course

During the last phase of training at Ft. Benning School for Boys, we went out for a 3 day field problem. It was capped off by a 12 mile road march, and finally, the Infiltration Course. The Infiltration Course is a (rather tame) introduction to the sounds of battle. Low-crawling about 100 meters under live machine gun fire, while small explosive charges simulate mortar fire. It’s supposed to resemble a real fight. It doesn’t. And for all they stress about the importance of keeping your head down, once I got a look at how the machine guns were mounted, it became clear that Shaq would have had a hard time jumping high enough to get hit. I was tired and cold and not in a mood for crawling.  It’s not so much that I hated being tired and cold. I just didn’t find it very interesting or challenging.

 

The second half of the video is a bit more interesting, showing how grunts use a combination of Night Vision Goggles and laser illumination to provide accurate rifle fire at night.

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1 thought on “The Infiltration Course”

  1. My favorite part of the course was crawling on my back under the wire obstacle and watching the tracers overhead. It was like “Star Wars” lasers, and it was awesome.

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