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    Basic Training: Red, White and Blue(01:36)

    Army recruits must pass the three phases of Basic Training. Each phase is named after a color of the American flag, and recruits gain more responsibilities as they go.

    In the Red phase, recruits receive uniforms and haircuts, and they start their physical training through obstacle courses and hand-to-hand combat exercises. In the White phase, recruits begin Basic Rifle Marksmanship (BRM) with the M16 rifle. In the Blue phase, recruits have the opportunity to apply their skills in a Night Infiltration Course and a Tactical Foot March.

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