The Hellcats were out in CATM. Even though they are still up at the Academy, they were bused down to the CATM classrooms and rifle range for the day. Remeber these photos will be in BCT2 and not BCT1 since CATM is held in Jacks Valley.
CATM (Combat Arms Training and Maintenance): The course trains basic cadets on the nomenclature, assembly/disassembly, and safe operation of the M-4 carbine rifle. Basic cadets fire the Air Force Qualification Course (AFQC). If basic cadets earn an expert rating for the M-4 AFQC, they will be authorized the wear of the USAF small arms expert ribbon.
The M4 is a lightweight, shoulder fired weapon which can be comfortable carried and provides dependability and accuracy. There are approximately 18 cadre (green hats) that help instruct the basics on how to load and unload their M-4 Carbine. They also instruct on how to properly clear a jammed rifle, the various firing positions that can be used, and how to sight their rifle for accuracy with iron sites onto an M68 optic target. There are also 4 active duty Security Forces Instructors (red vests) to help the cadre and the basics.
The basics will receive classroom instructions first and then go to the range to practice what they have been taught. The importance of safety and how to properly maintain and use the M4 is the focus of this course.
The course is several hours long and to get an entire squadron through takes a full day. Due to the longer day, the blog and photos for CATM will always go up the following day on Webguy and Facebook. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
To view photos from CATM, go to CLASSES > 2025 > BCT-2. Select Hellcats. At the top of the page set photo order OLDEST to NEWEST. Select your start page or click on the link below.
*** Photo order must be set OLDEST to NEWEST prior to clicking on the link for the link to take you to the correct start page.