Armored Basic Officer Leaders Course (ABOLC)


Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course Welcome Aboard Packet

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Course Description


The Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course (ABOLC) trains armor officers in the fundamentals of tank and reconnaissance platoon weapon systems and tactics.  Marine officers graduating from this course will be prepared to assume command of a tank platoon in the operating forces.



During the first week of training, all students entering ABOLC will be required to execute an Army Physical Fitness Test in accordance with the most recent U.S Army regulations. Failure to achieve the minimum passing score for each event will result in dismissal from the course.

FM 7-22 ARMY PHYSICAL READINESS TRAINING (APFT Standards) (Provides instruction on proper form and testing standards)

(All students must receive a minimum score of 60 points for each event, respective to their age and gender, and be within current height and weight standards.)




All students are required to bring three copies of their orders before reporting and ensure all line of accounting information is annotated. Students must also ensure a copy is furnished to the Marine Corps Detachment representative during the in-brief process. Please ensure all receipts for lodging while attending the course are retained for voucher purposes. Travelers who are scheduled to be TDY for more than 45 consecutive are recommended to initiate scheduled partial payments through the Defense Travel System. Payments are automatically computed and scheduled for payment in 30-day increments.

Students must ensure they receive a detaching endorsement from the Marine Corps Detachment before reporting to their next follow on unit.

*Reservist - It is the members responsibility to ensure they are activated and transferred before reporting. A copy of MROWs and all modifications will be furnished to the Marine Corps Detachment representative during the in-brief process. "


Gear List


Marines attending the ABOLC will need to bring all uniform items and check in wearing their Service Alpha uniform. You must bring the appropriate medals, ribbons, and badges for each uniform.

All field gear is provided; however if the Marines coming from on-the-job-training wish to bring their own CIF gear they can.

The small PX here sells officer rank insignia and uniform items in limited quantities; if you think you might need a uniform item while you are here purchase it ahead of time and bring it with you. MCLB Albany is the closest Marine base to Ft Benning, and you can visit there to purchase any uniform items, or utilize MCX online.




ABOLC students will receive BAH for Fort Benning are required to procure billeting in the local area and. Married ABOLC Marines can request billeting through Ft Benning Housing ( ABOLC Marines on Temporary Additional Duty are billeted in local area hotels.


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