1-114th Infantry

Prepared in All Things

A U.S. Army sniper team from the 1-114th Infantry Regiment, 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard participates in a field training exercise at Fort Pickett, VA.

Infantry / Scout

"I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight." -
General George Patton Jr

Job training for infantry soldiers consists of 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training (BCT) plus 5-8 weeks of Advanced Individual Training (AIT), depending on your specialty. For some jobs, these will be combined into One Station Unit Training (OSUT). 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, infantrymen train continually to keep their skills sharp and maintain a constant state of preparedness.

The job skills you learn as an infantryman such as teamwork, discipline and leadership will help you with any career you choose. Senior sergeant’s roles are most closely related to a manager in a corporation specializing in human resources, training or labor relations.

Military Occupational Specialties


Follow Me

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.


Forge the Thunderbolt

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.


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!

1-114th Infantry firing the MK19 grenade launcher.

Era of Revolution

When Congress, on 14 June 1775, moved to take over the New England Army then besieging Boston as a Continental establishment, it also authorized ten companies of riflemen to be raised in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia as part of the new Continental Army. The next day, Congress appointed George Washington its Commander in Chief. Before leaving their home state, the six rifle companies from Pennsylvania were combined to form William Thompson's Rifle Battalion. This battalion and the other new rifle units organized rapidly and marched quickly to Boston.

The New England Army around Boston was composed of citizen soldiers. From the earliest times that type of soldier (male members of the community aged 18-45) had been required to associate in military organizations called "militia," and to train to defend his own locality. The militia system amounted to universal military training for men of active ages, but it was for local defense almost entirely. What is more, its enforcement rested altogether with the colonies. At the outbreak of the Revolution, all the colonies had military organizations operating, but their effectiveness was, in many cases, slight. It was the general ineffectiveness of the militia system, coupled with the need for centralized control, that brought about the creation of the Continental Army. Even so, on account of the militia, the colonies were able to utilize the experience of many veterans of England's colonial wars, familiar with the British Army and with the Indian modes of fighting it. These veterans were a very valuable asset.

In addition to the rifle units and the besieging army, Congress later authorized the raising and maintaining of Continental infantry battalions in the southern states. By December 1775 there were forty-nine infantry battalions (or regiments, for the two terms were virtually synonymous) and several unattached companies in the establishment.

The New Jersey National Guard Rifle team in October 1916 at the National Rifle matches.
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