Infantry / Scout

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From combat patrols to rescue efforts, Infantry and Scout soldiers are ready for any mission—including serving their states during natural disasters. Ground forces embody everything the Guard stands for and possess leadership skills that are dynamic in any workplace.

Job training for these soldiers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training (BCT) plus 4-8 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), depending on your specialty. You will learn essential soldiering and warrior skills, spending time in the field and the classroom. Taking part in squad maneuvers, target practice and war games, Infantry and Scout soldiers train continually to keep their skills sharp and maintain a constant state of preparedness.

Military Occupational Specialties


11B Infantryman
The infantry is the main land combat force and backbone of the Army National Guard. The infantryman’s role is to be ready to defend our country in peacetime and to capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces during combat. Infantrymen are trained in the use of combat weaponry and hand-to-hand combat, reconnaissance, and other combat and peacekeeping skills.

11C Indirect Fire Infantryman
In addition to the combat roles of an infantryman – such as the use of various weapons or hand-to-hand combat to capture or destroy enemy ground forces – the Indirect Fire Infantryman is a member of a mortar squad, section or platoon. Duties may include the use of anti-personnel and anti-tank mines, scouting enemy locations, and building and camouflaging mortar firing positions.

19D Cavalry Scout 
Cavalry Scouts are members of the Armor Branch. When information about the enemy is needed, cavalry scouts get the call. From concealed positions, scouts provide reconnaissance, gathering and reporting information on terrain, weather, enemy positions and equipment. Scouts may engage the enemy with anti-armor weapons and scout vehicles in the field, track and report enemy movement and activities, and direct artillery, air support or other weapon systems onto the enemy.

Infantryman’s Creed

I am the Infantry. I am my country’s strength in war. Her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight — wherever, whenever. I carry America’s faith and honor against her enemies. I am the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be…the best trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory I am swift, determined, and courageous, armed with a fierce will to win. Never will I fail my country’s trust. Always I fight on — through the foe to the objective, to triumph over all. If necessary, I fight to my death. By my steadfast courage, I have won two hundred years of freedom. I yield not — to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, for I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight. I forsake not — my country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless. I am always there, now and forever. I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!

44th IBCT

New Jersey’s 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team fights and defeats enemy forces in ground combat. The units comprising the 44th IBCT consist of Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery battalions. The 44th IBCT can deploy and fight as an independent force with the addition of logistical support units.