Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by Jcleppe, Apr 11, 2016.
Question for Army types... I know the normal path for an Infantry officer is to go to IBOLC and then to Ranger school. What about Armor or other combat arms? Do they go to BOLC and then Ranger?
Yes Armor officers will go through Armor BOLC, some may get slots to Ranger School if offered. If they don't go to Ranger School right after BOLC they can apply for available slots once they get to their unit. My son is Aviation, he was offered Ranger School from his Unit, didn't go because it conflicted with RIMPAC.
Every branch in the Army has their own specific BOLC.
7 women from USMA Class of 2016 appealed for the chance to rebranch CA and were approved.
Just a question.
How can a 2016 WP graduate apply for CA? Under current regulations you need to be 1LT Promotable within a certain Year Group to apply to CA. How could a freshly commissioned 2LT apply for CA? If they are allowing them to apply early then they are getting some very special consideration.
One has to wonder. But they do seem to be making some fairly special concessions for women.
CA as in Combat Arms or Civil Affairs?
Civil Affairs is CA by standing branching initials, but my guess is that she meant combat arms (which we don't use as a term any longer).
I'm just here for a futile and ceremonial "unlike."
Didn't think about that, like Scoutpilot said CA is by branch Civil Affairs, I think you may be right in regard to CA=Combat Arms, although a term not used any longer.
From inside sources, as of 1 week ago the Infantry School, at Benning, stated that 14 women in ROTC or West Point had requested to have their branch of commissioning changed to Infantry. Infantry School is projecting only 14 for next training year, starting in June. Of note 4 are West Point grads and other 10 from ROTC.
If they can't physically complete the training they will stay until they do or be discharged. It is not uncommon to discharge males who get significantly hurt in training.
The Marine Corps we call Civil Affairs, CA. I also think they meant Combat Arms.
Wonder what other branches they have requested. Also, if a male does not pass IBOLC what happens to them? If an officer isn't cutting it at IOC, they are usually reclassed to another MOS.
If a male does not pass he is discharged.
Yes, but not as many as Infantry. Armor sends a good amount (especially since ABOLC is at Benning now) and FA sends a few, but not nearly as many as those that try to go. It's expected for the Infantry folks to go to Ranger, with the exception of the Guard.
With regards to failing BOLC, it depends on the needs of the Army. If they need LT's you can be switched to a different branch or you could be sent packing. There are a number of people from my time at BOLC that went on to Armor, Infantry or a Logistics branch.
I found this quote interesting:
"They'll do follow-on training that is normal for infantry such as Ranger School, and if they continue to meet all those standards, then they will be assigned to infantry units"
Does that mean they need to pass Ranger to be assigned to an infantry unit? Because that's certainly not the case for males...
Or go to another branch or try again
maybe the rule change this year?
No change in Special Forces. one must be a Captain and graduated from advanced
I believe they were talking about Combat Arms in reference to CA rather then Civil Affairs. It was just a bit confusing at first.
Currently there is no plan for doing other than discharging them.
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