My Soldier at BCT – Week 3

If you’ve been following along, I’m an Army Mom. A cryin’ ass, weepin’ teary eyed Army Mom.

My daughters in week 3 of Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, and I miss her guts! I’m going to share with you where you can buy a funny Army mom T-shirt, where you can find hundreds (literally hundreds!) of pictures of soldiers in BCT at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, and because when my daughter called to tell me the score she got, I wanted to know what it meant, i’ll share with you what I learned when I was looking up the levels of Marksmanship in the Army.

During her 3rd week at Fort Leonard Wood my daughter and the other soldiers in her unit  got their first shot at firing live rounds on the range. The exercise from what I understand is called Grouping and Zeroing. The SIT’s will be shooting at a target that’s 25 miles away. This week’s for refining shooting skills, building confidence, and well, shootin’ stuff.

Army Levels of Marksmanship

Both the Army and the Marine Corps issue badges for marksmanship. They’re the only two branches of the United States military that issue these badges. Other branches do have other similar programs.

The badges your soldier in training will have the opportunity to earn during their time at Ft. Leonard Wood include:

  1. Expert
  2. Sharpshooter
  3. Marksman

Up to three weapons that your SIT qualifies in will be displayed from their badge. These three marksmanship clasps will be suspended from the soldier in training’s marksmanship badge. (per AR670-1)

Army Weapons Soldiers can Earn the following Clasps




















Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about visitation! This is a time when you and your family can go spend family day on the base, with your soldier!

Pictures of Soldiers at BCT at Fort Leonard Wood

In the meantime, there are pictures of your soldier appearing online by now! So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to Leonard Wood photography. I don’t have any affiliation with Leonard Wood, in fact, haven’t even bought the pictures of my daughter yet. Money can be tight, but what I did do… is stalk this page like a crazy woman for weeks!

To find your soldiers pictures use the drop down menu to find their company. For instance, my daughter would be under E148. Usually, but not always it’s going to be the one without the date by it. However, if you’re unsure, you can look at the first picture in each set for the date they were taken.

The pictures are then sorted by activity, so beware they won’t necessarily be in any order, and new pictures could pop up at any time. Happy Searching!

I got my own Dog Tags today!

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  • Jenalee Kraetsch

    So until my daughter contacts us we won’t know her company? She has been gone close to 3 weeks and only one short call and no info other than that.

    • Cathy

      If you know when she arrived, or the date of that call, and what her MOS (job) is, you may be able to figure it out from the pictures without actually having to look at each and every one of them. You can figure out which units had new arrivals that day. 🙂

  • Catherine

    Thank you so much for the information. I found my boyfriend in some of the pictures! It felt wonderful to see him. Again THANK YOU