The "Infantryman" statue sits on hallowed ground in front of the historic McGinnis-Wickam Hall, just as it has since 1960. It represents the essence of every Infantryman, past, present, and future. This likeness also sits in the rotunda of the National Infantry Museum, welcoming all, a prelude to the historical displays inside. I have been in awe of this statue since my days as a Lieutenant. Thirty years later, informed by experiences and shared hardships with my fellow Soldiers, I only hold higher regard for this statue and all it represents. This 12-foot high bronze statue is without a doubt the quintessential Infantry Sergeant.
The Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) is the gold standard for evaluating expertise and mastery of those core Skill Level I tasks required for the base tactical/technical knowledge of the Infantryman. It is the cornerstone from which all infantry tactics are derived and is the hallmark of a tactically disciplined unit… The intensity and integrity of the EIB program have developed and prepared our Infantrymen since 1943 and continue to test the Infantry Soldier for the future fight in large-scale combat operations (LSCO).
The Army Vision Statement lays out an impressive image of a force that is modernized, integrated, and agile; however, the phrase that most caught my attention was that this effort is “centered on exceptional leaders and Soldiers of unmatched lethality.”2 …I believe that our first and most important step in developing "Soldiers of unmatched lethality" is to begin by training the warrior mindset. Training Circular (TC) 3-25.150, Combatives, states that "the defining characteristic of a warrior is the willingness to close with the enemy."
The hard lessons learned from nearly 20 years of sustained combat operations, coupled with a number of studies aimed at improving Soldier performance and lethality, triggered orders to overhaul the U.S. Army weapons training strategy, associated doctrine, and methodology. This overhaul was centered on the innate cognitive ability within each Soldier. These changes are catalysts for building the modern Infantry Soldier and have enabled the 198th Infantry Brigade (One Station Unit Training) to refine its programs of instruction (POIs). The U.S. Army is now equipped with a more versatile and lethal Infantry Soldier who is ready to "fight tonight."
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