It takes nerves of steel survive a firefight in a war zone. It also takes fundamental knowledge of Army procedures, command structure, communication, marching practice and a whole lot of other skills that civilians never stop to consider. In the United States Armed Forces, Army troops have to absorb and remember a multitude of critical details while enemy soldiers are frantically trying to kill them. In this hardcore quiz, do you think you’re smarter than an average U.S. soldier?
Green recruits start their Army careers in basic training, or boot camp. There, they get a taste of the physical, mental and emotional conditioning they need to set aside their primal fears and carry assault rifles into a frenzied combat zone. Without a basic grasp of troop formations, line of fire and coordination, chaos ensues … and people die. Do you think you know enough about the Army to make it through even one week of basic training, much less a full-scale offensive?
Soldiers need to know how to break down, clean and reassemble their weapons in a hurry. They must understand their basic caloric intake in order to fuel themselves for battle. They have to realize how critical it is to follow orders under fire, otherwise their entire mission may be jeopardized.
Let’s see if you’re cut out to be a U.S. Army soldier. Take aim at this Army quiz now!
Generals are the top dogs in the Army. And five-star generals are more powerful than those with say, one or two stars.
Army general orders provide a list of duties for soldiers on a day-to-day basis. Soldiers are expected to follow their orders in a timely and professional manner.
The military uses military time. At 1900 hours, it's 7 p.m.
During basic training, soldiers are paired off into so-called buddy teams. The idea is that the recruits learn to look out for each other at all times.
A brigade may have anywhere from 1,000 to more than 5,000 troops. Battalions typically top out at around 800, and platoons, 45.
There are seven official Army values, indicated by the acronym "LDRSHIP." It stands for Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.
By the time an officer reaches lieutenant, he has a lot of responsibility. He may be in charge of a platoon, which can consist of nearly 50 men.
In military parlance, "double time" is a high-speed cadence. It means you need to pick up your feet and start running, at 180 steps per minute.
The phonetic alphabet makes it easier to understand words over (often crackly) radio transmissions. "Oscar" is used for the letter O.
The APFT is the United States Army Physical Fitness Test. Every soldier must meet the minimum requirements of the test, which measures their strength, cardio fitness and more.
The chain of command refers to the succession of commanders in the military. Orders are passed from commanders to lower-ranking officers, down to the guys who risk their necks in combat.
BCT stands for Basic Combat Training. All soldiers must pass BCT before moving on to more advanced training.
They are loved and loathed, and mostly the latter -- drill sergeants are the guys in charge of whipping new recruits into shape during BCT. They yell a lot.
In the phonetic alphabet, "Tango" is used for the letter "T." Because "Tango" is much easier to understand in the heat of battle.
The M16 has an effective firing range of about 600 yards. But that's only if you're not wheezing from running through a dark and terrifying jungle war zone.
MOS refers to Military Occupational Specialty. Is the specific set of skills training that a soldier receives after basic training.
Even soldiers are sleeping at 0200. Or least, they hope they're sleeping at 2 a.m. instead of hauling rucksacks up the side of a mountain.
During a high crawl, a soldier cradles his rifle and uses his elbows to drag himself across a battlefield. It's a vital skill when the bullets are flying.
BRM stands for basic rifle marksmanship. If you can't hit the side of a barn with your M16, you're on mess hall duty.
Sharp or barbed wire is common on battlefields. Troops should lay on their backs and use their heels to push themselves forward under the wire. That, or run the other direction screaming at the top of their lungs.
Ofter called "bangers," bangalore torpedoes are explosive charges delivered by portable tubes. Troops can use bangers to clear barbed wire or other battlefield obstacles.
The U.S. Army is meant to defend national interest at any cost. "This We'll Defend" is the Army's official motto.
After basic training, soliders move on to AIT, or Advanced Individual Training. There they learn specific skills that suit their particular aptitudes, so keep that mop handy, Billy Bob.
In the Red Phase of BCT, troops are under total control of their drill sergeants. Every tiny infraction (real or perceived) is harshly punished.
For radio communications, soldiers denote "W" with the word "whiskey." It's also what they drink once the battle's over.
Military time is meant to be ultra-precise. But when it comes to midnight, you can use either 0000 or 2400 hours.
During basic training, an Entry Level Separation, or ELS, happens only in extreme circumstances. It's when recruits can't cut it as soldiers, perhaps due to physical or mental limitations.
In basic training, recruits are the lowest rungs on the ladder. They must respond with extreme respect, such as "Yes, drill sergeant!"
After weeks of doing nothing but running and learning, in week four of BCT, soldiers take up weapons. Week four is for marksmanship.
Companies are one unit size larger than platoons, containing anywhere from two to four platoons. Battalions contain two to five companies.