The U.S. Army Armor School is headquartered in Harmony Church with elements on Sand Hill. It is composed of the 194th Armored Brigade and the 316th Cavalry Brigade.
194th Armored Brigade
The 194th Armored Brigade conducts Initial Entry Training for new Soldiers and Marines. IET consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training, which together are known as One Station Unit Training (OSUT). The 194th trains all initial entry 19K armor crewmen and 19D scouts.
The 30th Adjutant General Reception Battalion, commonly called “Reception,” is the initial entry point for prospective Soldiers entering basic training. Trainees can expect to spend at least seven days at the battalion, where they will be issued gear, get haircuts, complete paperwork and more. The 30th AG also rehabilitates injured trainees for the purpose of returning them to training and separates those who do not meet Army standards. For information about basic training, go to www.benning.army.mil/basictraining.
Active-duty and Reserve component training programs include: 19D (cavalry scout), 19K (armor crewman) One
Station Unit Training and 91 A/M (Abrams/Bradley mechanic) Advanced Individual Training, the Marine Armor Crewman Course, the Marine Mechanic Course and the Advanced Leader Course for Bradley and Abrams mechanics. The brigade includes:
Soldiers arriving for training in MOS 19K will be assigned to 1st Battalion, 81st Armor, for 15 weeks. Here, they are taught basic skills as well as subjects unique to the 19K MOS, including operation and maintenance of the M1A2 Abrams main battle tank and its associated weapons systems.
Soldiers going on to units equipped with the advanced M1A2 SEP Abrams receive additional training.
Soldiers training in MOS 19D will be assigned to 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry. This 16-week program includes reconnaissance and security skills, basic combat training and the maintenance and operation of the M3A2 Bradley Cavalry Fighting Vehicle, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle and associated weapon systems.
1st Battalion, 46th Infantry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, are on Sand Hill. These units prepare basic trainees for Advanced Individual Training.
For more information about 194th Armored Brigade, go to www.benning.army.mil/basictraining.