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The Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course trains, educates, and inspires agile, adaptive and ready Leaders, committed to the Army Profession, that are ready to lead platoons in combat and are relevant for the challenges of tomorrow while providing a world-class quality of life for our Soldiers, Civilians, and the Army Families.

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Directions to 2-11th Infantry Regiment Headquarters: Whether entering Fort Benning on Benning Road or I-185 south, you will come to an access control point. The security guard on duty can provide you with a map, directions, and assistance. The security guards will check your ID cards as you pass through the access control point. If you are on I-185, Custer Road is the first exit past the access control point. Take this exit and turn right. Continue for approximately 2-1/2 miles and turn left on Benning Road. Take the first right on 10th Division Road and then turn left on Edwards St. as you climb the hill. Turn right at the light on Vibbert Avenue. The Battalion Building will be the second on your right. If you become lost, stop and call the 2d Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment at (706) 545-8177 and ask for assistance. Here are some other numbers to assist you in getting situated.

Click Here for a map of Main Post Fort Benning (PDF).

Service Phone Number Building
Family Housing 706-545-3921/ 6610 6
VOQ - Olson Hall 706-689-0067 96
Guest House 706-689-0067 96
Clothing and Sales 706-689-7981 9220
Day Care Center/ Tot Town 706-689-8698/ 8772 1051
ACS Loan Closet 706-545-2536 2624
Thrift Shop 706-687-4830 229
Transportation (inbound) 706-545-4885 6
Post Information 706-545-2011  
Post Locator 706-545-5217  

If you travel by commercial airlines or bus, Fort Benning has Military Welcome Stations located in each terminal. Tell the Soldier on duty you are reporting for IBOLC/BOLC III and he will provide you with the necessary maps and information. If you arrive and there is no one on duty, call the battalion staff duty phone number listed above. Military transportation is not available from these terminals. Keep your receipts for all transportation used as they need to be attached to your travel voucher for reimbursement during in processing.

When you arrive, report to 2d Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment Headquarters (Building 260) and check in with the Staff Duty Officer (SDO) (open 24 hours a day). The SDO will sign you in off leave and provide you with all the information you need to get started. Confirm your Company in-processing information with the SDO. Ensure your uniforms are straight upon arrival - Army Combat Uniform (ACU), Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU) and Class A's or Army Service Uniform (ASU). If you know the unit of your follow-on assignment (on your orders), you will wear the patch for the unit. If you are unsure of your next assignment, buy and wear the 199th BDE patch on your uniforms. These patches can be purchased or ordered from the Military Clothing and Sales Store located in the PX Mall on Marne Road. Additionally, you are NOT authorized to wear the Infantry Blue Cord until completion of IBOLC and all officers (National Guard, Army Reserves, and Active Duty) must wear the 11th Infantry Regiment Crest - also available at Clothing Sales. Lastly, do not purchase TA-50 items. You will be issued TA-50 through the Central Issuing Facility (CIF) at Fort Benning during your first week of the course.

Do not purchase the Army Service Cap (bus driver's hat). You will wear the Black Army Beret with ASUs and Class A’s. The Patrol Cap will be worn with ACUs in the garrison environment. Ensure you check with your IBOLC training company or Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), if you are assigned there initially, for how to modify the Patrol Cap for the course (i.e. proper sewing/markings).

If you are under orders that authorize early reporting and choose to report to 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry before your class date, you will be assigned to HHC until you begin IBOLC.

Early reporting, when authorized, is not required but it is encouraged to allow you to complete some in-processing tasks ahead of schedule, acclimatize to weather and conditions in Fort Benning and to take care of your housing situation.


Student Housing:

  1. Students have the option of living off post at a rented apartment / house or on post on Fort Benning. It is best to begin to coordinate for housing prior to arrival at IBOLC as there is limited time prior to beginning the course.
  2. The Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN.com) is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is designed to improve the process of securing available housing for relocating military members and their families. This is a resource to help find rental homes and apartments. Click here.
  3. Link to the Fort Benning Housing Website for on post housing. Check with the housing department for availability and to see if you qualify for housing. Click Here.
  4. BAH for the most current housing rate. Click here.

In-Processing notes for attending IBOLC:

  1. 1. Ensure you have the following documents for processing:
    1. Any existing finance records so that you can be correctly entered in the system. An example would be if you were commissioned through OCS and you have records from your enlisted service.
    2. Any existing personnel records which you would need to have entered into your officer records.
    3. Ensure you bring your DD Form 214, showing any prior service in order for us to get you paid as an 01E. For O1E pay, you must have 4 years and 1 day of prior enlisted service. If you have less than 4 years you will be paid as an O-1 with that many years in service. Click here to view the Student Officer's Record - Trainee/Student Branch 1506 Package Checklist
    4. If you have Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders for Fort Benning, then you will be able to settle travel.
    5. You MUST have an SF 1199A (direct deposit form) from your bank before you arrive to Ft. Benning or a blank check from an open checking account.
    6. 30 copies of your assignment orders, commissioning orders, and all amendments or changes.
    7. If you are married and/or have children you must have original marriage certificates and birth certificates.
    8. All medical and dental records and a copy of your prescription if you wear glasses. (For yourself and dependents who accompany you.)
  2. The following section of this guide contains need-to-know information.
    1. Privately Owned Vehicles. You must have insurance to operate a vehicle on post. Ft. Benning does not require registration of Privately Owned Vehicles.
    2. Privately Owned Weapons. If you bring a Privately Owned Weapon (POW) and reside on post, it will have to be registered. Click here to review the Privately Owned Weapon Handbook. For the updated post regulations on POWs click here.
    3. Motorcycles. In addition to meeting the vehicle registration requirements found in TRADOC Regulation 385-2, 06 Dec 11, MCoE Regulation 210-5, 22 Feb 12, and AR 385-10, 4 Oct 11 all military personnel that will work, train, or reside on Fort Benning, or its subordinate installations, must meet the following requirements to operate a motorcycle on post. Click here to review the memorandum and checklist concerning the Commanding General's Motorcycle Safety Policy Implementation, 18 Oct 12.
    4. Cell Phone Usage. All vehicle operators driving on Fort Benning; active duty military personnel and reserve component on active federal service driving on or off Fort Benning; and all vehicle operators driving government Owned or leased vehicles on or off Fort Benning; are prohibited from using cellular phones while driving unless the vehicle is safely parted or unless they are using a hands-free device. The wearing of any other portable headphones, earphones, or other listening devices (except for hands-free cellular phones and hearing protection devices required to operate specific equipment) all vehicle operators, as identified above, is also prohibited. Click here to review memorandum on Prohibited Use of Cellular Phones and Other Listening Devices While Operating Motor Vehicles.
    5. Refractive Surgery (LASIK/PRK). If you have received refractive eye surgery prior to attending IBOLC, bring all supporting documentation from your doctor- this will be necessary to receive additional waivers for Ranger School and Airborne School. IBOLC will not authorize students to receive refractive eye surgery while assigned to IBOLC.
    6. Finalize Personal Matters. Lastly, you need to have all personal matters finalized prior to arrival, there is very little time here once training begins. Examples of this include scheduling extravagant trips, marriage, reunions, family outings etc before getting to Ft. Benning. Your schedule here can change and these types of significant commitments (both time wise and financial) can be directly affected by your training timeline.

Reserve Component In-Processing notes for attending IBOLC:

  1. The Special Assistant to the Commanding General -Reserve Component office (SACG) acts as the liaison for all Reserve Component (RC) soldiers at Fort Benning. During your first week at IBOLC you will receive briefings from the RC finance office and the SACG. For more information click here.
  2. While much of the information on this site is applicable to the Active Component (AC) and RC IBOLC students, there are a few items that need particular attention for the RC students.
    1. Ensure you have IBOLC orders in hand before departing your state.
      1. If you were commissioned through state OCS, ensure your commissioning paperwork is complete. Your state headquarters will publish your IBOLC orders. Make sure your rank is correct on your orders so that your ID card and military pay will be done correctly during in-processing week.
      2. If you are an ROTC commissioned (both ARNG and USAR), Human Resources Command-St Louis will publish your IBOLC orders.
      3. Officers who are scheduled to attend a follow-on school after completing IBOLC should have orders reflecting those courses. ARNG Officers who plan to attend the Ranger Course must first complete the ARNG Pre-Ranger Course. Additionally, you will need Ranger course orders before you will be given a Ranger physical.
    2. RC officers attending IBOLC are TDY and return; this is not a permanent change of station (PCS) move. As such, dependant (family member) travel to, and accompaniment at Fort Benning, GA is not authorized.
    3. Officers are advised to educate themselves about RC pay and entitlements. Information can be found at the DFAS website, www.dfas.mil. Typically RC officers attending IBOLC, with less than 139 days of active duty, will receive BAH type II and should budget their finances accordingly.
  3. A link to this office and our other ARNG activities at Fort Benning, GA is: http://www.benning.army.mil/mcoe/SACG-ARNG/.

Class Dates

Depending on the class, the End Dates do not reflect the graduation dates (most courses will graduate 1-2 days earlier than posted End Date). At the beginning of the course, you will be informed of the graduation and date.

ATRRS Class Dates

Graduations typically occur at McGinnis-Wickam Hall, 1 Karker Street, at 1:00 PM in the Marshall Auditorium (West Wing, 1st Floor).

Grooming Standards

Army Standards for Personal Appearance/Grooming and Height /Weight Standards for students reporting to the Infantry Basic Officer Leaders Course.

Below are excerpts from AR 670-1: Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia and AR 600-9: The Army Weight Control Program. These two Army Regulations are the standards used by IBOLC for personal appearance, grooming standards, and height/weight standards that all students who attend this course must abide by.

The Battalion Commander has added to AR 670-1, Section 1-8, Sub-section 2, Paragraph C (regulations regarding mustaches) that males are not authorized to wear any style of mustache while assigned to 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment IBOLC.

Excerpts from AR 670-1 and 600-9

Fitness Readiness

All students (Active Duty, National Guard, and International Officers) attending the Infantry Basic Officer Leader course will adhere to all course physical fitness requirements. These requirements include:

Daily Physical Training both in garrison and the field environment Foot Marching distances of 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 8, and 16 miles during the course. Students need be able to march at 15 min per mile pace with dry ruck sack weight of 35 lbs plus kit and weapon. Historically 20% of students fail the initial foot marches.

All students must successfully complete the following physical fitness events in order to graduate from IBOLC.

Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT): The graduation requirement for the course is a score of 180 points (minimum 60 points in each event) on the final Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). However, the expectation is that students will graduate scoring greater than or equal to 270 (minimum of 90 points in each event) on the Army’s physical fitness test. Students achieving this standard will be awarded the Army physical fitness badge (APFB). Failure to achieve a 180 on the final APFT will result in a marginal AER for failing to meet course standards IAW USAIS Regulation 351-1-1.

12 mile foot march. The 12 mile foot march is a graduation requirement Students must foot march 12 miles in 3 hours or less on a standard route with the IBOLC packing list. If a student fails to meet this standard, he will be afforded the opportunity to retest prior to graduation. The student will retest on a standard 12 mile course, but with a 35lbs ruck sack. If a student achieves the standard during the foot march retest, he will receive 70% of the maximum score for the event. If the student fails to achieve the time standard, but completes the event, he will receive 0 points for the event. If a student fails to complete the event, he will be recommended for recycle or elimination from the Army.

16 mile tactical foot march. Students must complete a 16 mile tactical foot march conducted during the Leader Forge field training exercise. There is no time standard associated with this event.

Five mile run. The five mile run is a graduation requirement. Students must run 5 miles in 40 minutes or less on a standard route. The test conducted in the second week of the course If a student fails to meet this standard, he will be afforded the opportunity to retest prior to graduation. If a student achieves the standard during the 5 mile run retest, he will receive 70% of the maximum score for the event. If the student fails to achieve the time standard, but completes the event, he will receive 0 points for the event. If a student fails to complete the event, he will be recommended for recycle or elimination from the Army.

  1. Army Physical Readiness Training Manual FM 7-22 (Click here)
  2. IBOLC Physical Training Reference Page (Click here)
  3. IBOLC Physical Training YouTube Channel (Click here)
  4. Ranger, Airborne, & Other Elite School Students - Heat Acclimatization Guide - 2003. (Click here)