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‘Basic training to graduation is theme for new “THE BIG PICTURE” — “Operation Discovery” depicts the life of a young soldier from induction into the modern Army until his ultimate “graduation” from basic. During the course of the film, he “discovers” the why and wherefore of his obligated peacetime service. Eddy Manson, one of this country’s top harmonica virtuosos, is featured in this film in an impromptu rendition of “The Ballad of Roger Young” together with Jake Moon, guitarist and ballad singer. Manson, who journeyed to Moscow with Ed Sullivan, is a recording artist and has performed on many television programs. He’s generally rated as one of the best in his field. The Roger Young ballad, which is used throughout the film, was written by Frank Loesser who was stationed at the Army Pictorial Center in Long Island City, New York, during World War II as an enlisted man. One of the few songs to survive the war days, it tells of the Ohio-born infantryman who died in the Solomon Islands fighting while heroically saving the lives of others. Except for Manson, Moon, and several other “professionals,” service personnel were used in the picture. Among these were Maj. Gen. Sidney Wooten, Commanding General of Fort Dix, New York; a company and battalion commander of the training regiment there; and Fort Dix enlisted men. Much of the footage was shot at the New Jersey post also.’
Originally a public domain film, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
United States Army Basic Training (also known as Initial Entry Training, IET) is the recruit training program of physical and mental preparation for service in the United States Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard and varies greatly depending on one’s chosen military occupation. An Army infantry recruit may expect a more intense, physically demanding basic training at Fort Benning via One Station Unit Training; while non-combat occupations receiving basic training typically occurs at Fort Jackson, which emphasizes balance and basic Army customs.
Carried out at several different Army posts around the United States, Basic Training is designed to be highly intense and challenging. The challenge comes as much from the difficulty of physical training as it does from the psychological adjustment to an unfamiliar way of life. Basic Training is divided into two parts: Basic Combat Training (BCT) and Advanced Individual Training (AIT). BCT consists of the first ten weeks of the total Basic Training cycle and is identical for all Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard recruits.
AIT instead consists of the remainder of the total Basic Training period and is where recruits train in the specifics of their chosen fields. As such, AIT is different for each available Army career path, or Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). AIT courses can last anywhere from 4 weeks to 7 months, and possibly more for foreign language training. Soldiers are still continually tested for physical fitness and weapons proficiency and are subject to the same duties, strict daily schedule and disciplinary rules as in BCT…
Drill sergeants are the instructors responsible for most of the recruit training that takes place in Initial Entry Training. They accompany recruits throughout the training process, instructing and correcting them in everything (from firing weapons to the correct way to address a superior) and are also largely responsible for the safety of recruits. They are recognizable by their distinctive headgear (campaign hats), often called “brown rounds” or “Smokey Bear” hats, as they resemble that character’s round park ranger-style hat…
The U.S. Army has four sites for BCT:
– Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia; also provides Infantry and Armor OSUT
– Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma; also provides Artillery OSUT…