Kippen graduates Army Basic Training

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LAWTON, Okla. — Jakob Matthew Kippen, son of Dawn and Jay Kippen, Rome, has graduated from Army Basic Training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Kippen, a senior at Rome Free Academy, will attendi Advanced Individual Training For Logistics upon graduation in June 2022.

Students who complete their junior year of high school and who meet certain criteria can enlist in the Army’s Split Option program. The program allows these students to complete basic training during the summer, return for their senior year of high school and then follow up with advanced individual training after graduation.

The complete Army basic training cycle is about 10 weeks, divided into three phases: Red, White and Blue, which last about three weeks each. In the Red Phase, recruits learn the fundamentals, traditions and ethics of what it means to be a soldier as well as undergo intense physical training, including road marches and formation marches. The White Phase focuses on self-discipline, teamwork, combat skills, night training, hand-to-hand combat, basic rifle marksmanship and physical fitness. The Blue Phase (or Warrior Phase) includes advanced marksmanship and maneuvering techniques, engaging targets as part of a team, completing convoy operations, identifying and disabling improveised explosive devices, training on advanced weapons and learning how to throw live grenades.

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