20 Feb 2018

Army Drops Hand Grenade and Land Navigation From Basic Training

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All Outdoor has some more bad news:

The United States Army announced they will be dropping hand grenade and land navigation competency as requirements for basic training graduation.

Reasons cited to drop the grenade competency: People are growing up never learning how to throw. That’s right. Too many people are going into the army who never learned how to throw as a child. The Army does not have the time to teach all the adults how to properly throw.

How far does the grenade have to be thrown? Only 20 – 30 meters. Which equals between 60 – 90 feet.

However, just because the two were dropped from basic training does not mean the skills will not be taught. They will just be taught at a later time.

From Military.com – Low Recruit Discipline Prompts Army to Redesign Basic Training.

    “We are finding that there are a large number of trainees that come in that quite frankly just physically don’t have the capacity to throw a hand grenade 20 to 25 to 30 meters.

    In 10 weeks, we are on a 48-hour period; you are just not going to be able to teach someone how to throw if they haven’t thrown growing up.”

The whole article is a very interesting read. The part about the new recruits lack discipline and have a sense of entitlement should be a concern.

2 Feedbacks on "Army Drops Hand Grenade and Land Navigation From Basic Training"

Old Salt

As a former Marine in the National Guard, I found new soldiers with non-combat MOS to be basically untrained and useless. Having gone through training in co-ed units, they aren’t even very fit.

This just continues the trend.

Steve Gregg

The ancient Romans trained in full armor, practicing as they intended to fight. Bit by bit, over centuries, they gave up the armor to make training easier, until they gave up training itself, and let the barbarians defend them. When Rome was inevitable placed under siege by barbarians, the Romans gave up their gold and their women to save their miserable lives.


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