US Military Infantry Branch


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Information on the US military branch of Infantry. Basic history and branch detail including examples of current infantry units and requirements and paths to becoming a member of the infantry. Made for an ROTC branch brief to better understand the different job opportunities outside of Army ROTC.

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US Military Infantry Branch

  1. 1. InfantryCDT COUTURENovember 2012 {UNCLASSIFIED}
  2. 2. Agenda✤ Tasks To gain a greater knowledge on the US Army Infantry branch.✤ Conditions A classroom of highly motivated MSIIs.✤ Standards All MSIIs will be knowledgable on the US Army Infantry branch.{UNCLASSIFIED]
  3. 3. References✤ Army Officer’s Guide 51st Edition✤ FM 7-8✤ FM 1-02+✤ +FM 101-5-1{UNCLASSIFIED]
  4. 4. Outline✤ Basic Branch Knowledge✤ Creation✤ Types of Infantry✤ Officers and Enlisted✤ Questions{UNCLASSIFIED]
  5. 5. MissionThe mission of the infantry is to close withthe enemy by means of fire and maneuverto defeat or capture him, or to repel hisassault by fire, close combat, andcounterattack.{UNCLASSIFIED}
  6. 6. Definition ■ Attack over approaches that are not feasible for heavy forces. ■ Make initial penetrations in difficult terrain for exploitations by armor and mechanized infantry. ■ Retain existing obstacles and difficult terrain as pivots for operational and tactical maneuver. ■ Seize or secure forested and built-up areas.{UNCLASSIFIED} ■ Control restrictive routes for use by other forces.
  7. 7. OfficerBasic Information]Information Enlisted Officer]Information ✤ Active 14 June 1775 ✤ Nickname Queen of Battle ✤ Motto Follow Me ✤ Branch Color Light Blue{UNCLASSIFIED}
  9. 9. South Vietnam in December 1967Creation✤ Made to meet the demands of the Revolutionary War✤ Originally had men from British Army✤ French and Prussian influence{UNCLASSIFIED}
  10. 10. Light Infantry✤ Lack of heavy weapons and armor.✤ Reduced vehicle usage.✤ Surprise, stealth, violence of action✤ Increased in 1980s to make an easily deployable force that deploys for a shorter amount of time.✤ Reduced in 90s, successful in Afghanistan.✤ 10th Mt Division{UNCLASSIFIED}
  11. 11. Air Assault Infantry✤ Rappel and air transportation✤ Seize and hold key terrain using helicopter assets✤ Can sometimes be classified as light infantry.✤ 101st Airborne Division (only division sized helicopter force)✤ Other units perform air assault capabilities{UNCLASSIFIED}
  12. 12. Airborne Infantry✤ Usually light infantry classification✤ Moved by aircraft to be dropped into battle - vertical envelopment✤ Lack supplies for long term✤ Sensitive to weather conditions✤ Used a lot in WWII.✤ “Paratrooper” 82nd Airborne Division{UNCLASSIFIED}
  13. 13. Mechanized Infantry✤ Armored personal carriers (APCs) or infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs)✤ Vehicles are hard shelled and protected (As opposed to a jeep)✤ Use weapons attached such as anti- tank guided missiles✤ Greatest firepower but requires more combat supplies✤ Most infantry units have at mechanized capabilities{UNCLASSIFIED}
  14. 14. Ranger Infantry✤ Graduate from US Army Ranger School and Airborne School✤ Trained for parachute, special operations helicopter, small boat, or dismounted✤ Ranger Recon also trained in scuba and free-fall parachuting✤ Increasing use as special ops✤ 75th Ranger Regiment (light infantry){UNCLASSIFIED}
  15. 15. Infantry Officer✤ Leadership and Adaptability✤ Highly competitive ROTC OML✤ Coordinate employment of new infantrymen✤ No women✤ Land combat✤ Only Active Duty or Guard{UNCLASSIFIED}
  16. 16. Infantry Enlisted✤ 14 weeks of training before becoming an infantryman or indirect fire infantryman✤ Training is mostly FTX✤ Discipline and high moral✤ Require ASVAB of 87+ for Combat✤ ASVAB of 31+ for entry level{UNCLASSIFIED}
  17. 17. Questions?{UNCLASSIFIED}